American Carnage

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams. And their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”
— Donald Trump
Late spring, 1865. Kind of. A recently freed slave and the son of her owners...
“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams. And their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”
— Donald Trump
Late spring, 1865. Kind of. A recently freed slave and the son of her owners want to get hitched, if you want to keep it simple. America the beautiful has always required the oppressed to double think. What happens when we haven’t made as much progress as we thought we had?The play follows Harper Freewoman - a newly freed slave on her journey to do what every white man in an Arthur Miller classic gets to- find herself. After being stolen by ‘runaway salve catchers’ (poor whites from Texas with no clue the war is over) she gets a tour of the south while it tries to rebuild itself. She realizes that ‘being freed’ means basically nothing when you are living in a white (male) dominated world.
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American Carnage

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Chicago Dramatists
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
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    Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago
    ,
    2019