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Gall-Clayton, Nancy J. (American playwright, writer, writing instructor, February 6, 1946-____), “Malinda,”

a 30-minute drama in English, set in a slave cabin, late on a dark weekday night, February, 1863, during the American Civil War,

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  •  © 2000 by Nancy J. Gall-Clayton;  •  script/rights available from Nancy Gall-Clayton, 1375 South Second Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40208-2303, U.S.A., e-mail nancygallclayton@earthlink.net, telephone (home) 502-636-5836, fax 502-634-8751.  •  Cited by Nancy Gall-Clayton via ftp January 6, 2002; Gall-Clayton says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Henry (m), 60, a Southerner; Malinda (f), 20, African American.

  §  Synopsis “Henry comes for a late night visit with the seemingly ignorant young slave who has given birth to his only son. He expects the usual but learns that Malinda, who has just heard about the Emancipation Proclamation, has put the light-skinned baby on the docks, assuming he'll be taken in by whites and raised free. She asks Henry for help. He must decide what Malinda and his only son mean to him.

  §  Comment “One scene, simple staging.”

  §  Themes American Civil War, Emancipation, Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln, 16th American President, 1809-1865), mother-son relationship, race, racial hatred, slavery, Virginia.

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