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“Bringing Up Odessa”

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, May 5, 2004Hill, Jean B. (African-American playwright, scriptwriter for video/film, 1951-____), “Bringing Up Odessa,”

a 40-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a hotel conference room, early evening, March, 2000,


  •  © 2000 by Jean B. Hill;  •  script/rights available from Jean B. Hill, 5601 Colonial Pine, Lindenwold, New Jersey 08021, U.S.A., e-mail jeanknows@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 856-346-8833, fax 856-346-8790.  •  Cited by Jean B. Hill, via ftp February 8, 2000; Hill says,

  § Dramatis Personae Cynthia (f), 50-60, Caucasian, a mature, feminist university professor; Joan (f),35-40, Caucasian, a middle-aged, quintessential American homemaker and social activist; Margarth (f), 26, Caucasian, a twenty-something "Diane Sawyer" TV anchor type; Odessa (f), 30-35, African-American.

  § Synopsis “Cynthia, and Joan have founded an organization that focuses on women issues. At their organization’s first annual conference the threesome experience rejection from a group of African-Amerian women in attendance. Determined to find why African-American women in the 21st Century still do not accept White women as partners in the struggle for women's rights, Cynthia convinces her colleagues to embark on a spiritual investigation by conjuring up the ghost of Odessa, a slave from the 19th Century.

  § Comment “Explores the relationship of Black and White women in America.  •  Basic room that must appear as if in hotel. One table draped with white table-covering. Banner with NCCW (National Conference for Concerned Women) to indicate conference taking place. A few hotel-type chairs, a glass water pitcher, two glasses and ashtray are needed. Room must give appearance as if a conference is taking place. Special lighting for the ghost of Odessa and audio (sounds that indicate numerous women are nearby).  •  Addendum, March 16, 2002: Produced at Lorna Littleway’s Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays (2001) at the Actors Theatre of Lousiville.”

  § Themes Black, Caucasian, colleagiality, conference, conjuring, feminism, ghost, hotel, organization, racism, rejection, sisterhood, slavery, spiritual investigation, struggle, women’s rights.

See also Jean B. Hill's

  • "Day by Day," a 15-minute social satire in English, set on a porch in the inner city, Saturday afternoon, summer, 2002, 1m3f

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