Rabbit Summer

Wilson Faison idealizes his marriage and family, ignoring the controversy of his job as a police officer in the shadow of the BlackLivesMatter movement. He smiles through pain his wife, Ruby, wishes he would share. Tired of feeling helpless and trapped in her Huxtable-like existence, Ruby Faison has a secret plan to break her husband out of his plastic shell. And that plan may just fix the American gun problem...
Wilson Faison idealizes his marriage and family, ignoring the controversy of his job as a police officer in the shadow of the BlackLivesMatter movement. He smiles through pain his wife, Ruby, wishes he would share. Tired of feeling helpless and trapped in her Huxtable-like existence, Ruby Faison has a secret plan to break her husband out of his plastic shell. And that plan may just fix the American gun problem.

Ruby's best friend, Claire, takes refuge at the Faison home after suffering a tragedy. Her visit unearths secrets, old and new, and stirring a pot of reality Wilson has never tasted.

This quickfire tragicomedy examines how we live our truth in an America built on lies.
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Rabbit Summer

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  • Juan Ramirez, Jr.:
    1 Mar. 2021
    Tracey Conyer Lee is the playwright that is brave enough to explore the social issues many others are simply afraid to even ask about. This three character play is an analysis for behavior and the significance of honest communication for the sake of survival. We must live our truth but in order to do so, we must also do the work. This means, sometimes stepping out of the chifforobe and other times, it means stepping in. This is a powerful drama!
  • Marj O'Neill-Butler:
    15 Feb. 2020
    This play had me weep unexpectedly. Conyer Lee makes you see all sides of the arguments and stories about being black in this country. A family drama about the things we hide from the people we love and those who love us. A journey of love and hate. Believable dialogue and breath taking confessions. I love this play.
  • Derek Lee McPhatter:
    24 Aug. 2019
    This is a well crafted, funny, character-driven exploration of some of our most pressing social issues: police brutality, gun violence, racial tumult, manhood and ways of loving. A very pointed and well-crafted narrative from Tracey Conyer Lee that deftly moves through tough subject matter without seeming preachy or heavy-handed. It packs quite a few punches, and the humor catches you by surprise. Can't wait to see this on stage.

Character Information

  • Ruby Fasion
    30s-40s,
    African American / Black
    ,
    Female
  • Wilson Faison
    30s-40s,
    African American / Black
    ,
    Male
  • Claire Cooper
    30s-40s,
    African American / Black
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    JAGfest
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Women's Voices Festival / Ally Theatre Company
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Page To Stage Festival (Kennedy Center)
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Sista Style Productions
    ,
    2022
  • Professional
    ,
    Aurora Theatre (optioned only)
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Ally Theatre Company
    ,
    2018

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