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“Heritage, Her-i-tage, and Hair-i-tage”

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portrait of Adrienne Dawes

Dawes, Adrienne (American playwright, 1982-____), “Heritage, Her-i-tage, and Hair-i-tage,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a bedroom, 2002,

3f (+ voice on tape)

; • © 2002 by Adrienne Dawes; • in Adrienne Dawes’ Heritage, Her-i-tage, and Hair-i-tage (New York: Playscripts, Inc., 2003); also, in Dark Phrases (Sarah Lawrence College student of color literary magazine) May, 2002; • script/rights available from Playscripts, Inc., P. O. Box 237060, New York, New York 10023, U.S.A., info@playscripts.com, http://www.playscripts.com, telephone/fax 866-639-7529; contact Adrienne Dawes, adriennedawes@yahoo.com, http://raptor.slc.edu/~adriennedawes. • Cited in Playscripts, Inc., Catalogue of Plays 2004-2005 (New York: Playscripts, Inc., 2004), p. 52. • Also cited by http://raptor.slc.edu/~adriennedawes/frames_index.htm.

§ Dramatis Personae Rebekah (f), teenage, multiracial; Nap Patrol Officer #1. (f), __, African American actress; Nap Patrol Officer #2 (f), __, African American actress.

§ Synopsis “When Rebekah, a young multiracial teenager, confronts ‘hair-self’ in the mirror, the Nap Patrol storms in to prevent her from cutting off her hair . . . .

§ Comment “Rebekah’s struggle with her hair is ultimately a struggle with standards of beauty and identity in the Black community. A poignant satire of racial politics in the mixed race community, ‘Heritage, Her-i-tage, and Hair-i-tage’ comments upon the rigid notions of beauty and race within our society. • Set and technical requirements are minimal. • Premiered by Riant Theatre in Strawberry One-Act Festival, February, 2003; showcased by the Sarah Lawrence College theatre department in Silences We Sing, February, 2003; presented by Short and Sweet African American Playwrights Festival, REJOTI Productions, Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.A., June, 2003. • Adrienne Dawes is a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College. Her plays have been produced by the Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Department; Downstage, the SLC student theater company; Off My Back Theatre Productions; Revolving Stages; Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One Act Festival; REJOTI Productions; American Repertory Theatre of London, Live Girls Theatre!, Little Fish Theatre Company, Stormy Weather Players, New England Academy of Theater, and published by Playscripts, Inc and Smith + Kraus. Her first full-length play, Jesus Loves Good Christians, premiered in Downstage’s spring 2003 season and was named a semifinalist for the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award 2003. Most recently Adrienne was awarded the 2004 Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting for her plays ‘You Are Pretty’ and ‘Love and Happiness.’ Adrienne is a member of the Dramatist Guild and Austin Scriptworks.””

§ Themes beauty, Black community, hair, identity, mirror, multiracial, race, rigidity, teenage.

See also Adrienne Dawes'

  • " Love and Happiness," a 10-minute drama in English,set in the living room of a small apartment in Manhattan, New York City, 3:00 a.m., 2003, 1m1f

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