"The Scholarship" by Cristina A. Bejan & James Brunt

“The Scholarship” is a new play written and performed by Denver spoken word poets and playwrights Brunt Poetry (James Brunt) and Lady Godiva (Cristina A. Bejan). Conceived as a protest play inspired by Black Lives Matter and the Rhodes Must Fall movements, “The Scholarship” aims to educate about the troubling history of racist and imperialist diamond tycoon Cecil Rhodes and the Oxford postgraduate scholarship...
“The Scholarship” is a new play written and performed by Denver spoken word poets and playwrights Brunt Poetry (James Brunt) and Lady Godiva (Cristina A. Bejan). Conceived as a protest play inspired by Black Lives Matter and the Rhodes Must Fall movements, “The Scholarship” aims to educate about the troubling history of racist and imperialist diamond tycoon Cecil Rhodes and the Oxford postgraduate scholarship established in his name and illustrate that what the scholarship has become (despite so many progressive changes and mutations) in no way justifies the Rhodes Trust’s insistence to continue to use the Rhodes name. The play’s final line captures the genuine motive of the playwrights: “Let’s find a name of a Rhodes Scholar whose name we can celebrate, or simply call the most famous scholarship in the world …..The Scholarship.”

Social issues: racism, colonialism, British imperialism, American imperialism, power, elites, decolonization, education

Script is available upon request from playwright Cristina A. Bejan. You can DM her on Twitter @LadyGodiva____
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"The Scholarship" by Cristina A. Bejan & James Brunt

Development History

  • Commission
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    Professor Domnica Radulescu, Washington & Lee University
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
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    Dramatist Guild - Footlights Series - Colorado (Zoom performance)
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    2021