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“I Am a Black Girl”

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Sanders, Francesca (American playwright, 1952-____), “I Am a Black Girl,”

a 10-minute bare-stage dramatic monolog in English, set anywhere, 2001,


  •  © 2001 by Francesca Sanders;  •  script/rights available from Francesca Sanders, 15935 SW 146th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97224, U.S.A., e-mail arpius@peoplepc.com, www.angelfire.com/art2/francesca/Francesca.html, telephone (home) 503-590-6916.  •  Cited by Francesca Sanders via ftp January 7, 2002; Sanders says,

  §  Dramatis Persona Francesca (f), 49, Caucasian.

  §  Synopsis “Francesca, clearly Caucasian, enters and says, ‘I am a black girl.’ She describes a childhood during which her family is deeply involved in the civil rights struggle . . . and of the comfort  she felt every time she was surrounded by people of color. She discusses the challenge of having lines drawn, as those same black people shared their own ideas of just where she fit in. She closes, ‘So when you see a woman in a suburban neighborhood, dressed for the theatre, sipping her hot chocolate at Starbucks, you must suspect that she is a black girl. A big black girl striding down the street, inviting people into her extended family . . . just  like any other daughter of Africa.’

  §  Comment“Examines race as not the color you are but the way you feel.  •  There is only one character unless you do my plays ‘I Am a Jewish Girl’ and  ‘I Am an Arab Girl’ as a trilogy.”

  §  Themes politics, race, sociology.

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