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Wistrand, Carolyn Nur (American playwright, university professor, director, community activist, 1950-____), “Second Coming,”

a 50-minute drama in English, set in the parlor of a Welsh family, on a plantation in Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.A., 1844, the 1960s, 2002 (time periods exist simultaneously),


  •  © 2002 by Carolyn Nur Wistrand; in Carolyn Nur Wistrand’s Second Coming (Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, Canada: One Act Play Depot, 2002), ISBN __________, __ pp.;  •  script/rights available from One Act Play Depot, Box 335, Spiritwood, Saskatchewan S0J 2M0, Canada, telephone (home) 306-883-3130, fax 775-249-8151, http://oneactplays.net/; contact Carolyn Nur Wistrand, e-mail carolnur@oneactplays.net.  •  Cited by Fraser MacFarlane via ftp, October 26, 2002; Wistrand says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Daisy Welsh (f), __, a frail-looking White woman draped in a wedding dress from the 1840s; Clare Welsh (f), young, a White woman with an independent mind that reflects the spirit of the 1960s;  Lily Belle Welsh (f), middle-aged, Black, wise and strong, not without a sense of humor;  Abigail Welsh (f), middle-aged, embodiment of the refinement and culture of a Southern belle.

  §  Synopsis “_____

  §  Comment “Coming is a single-act character study in racism that spans 150 years. The action occurs in the parlor of a the Welsh family’s once-grand, now-faded South Carolina plantation home. The four characters are Welsh women with decidedly different points of view on the nature of their heritage. The play examines and dramatizes through them racist attitudes in the American South.  •  One scene, no special requirements.  •  Premiered by Love Creek Productions in The Annual One Act Play Festival, 1992, at The Nat Horne Theatre, New York City. Subsequently produced in 1993 by The Open Eye: New Stagings, New York City, for the Eye on Director’s Festival.  •  “Carolyn Nur Wistrand was educated at Texas Southern University, The University of Michigan-Flint, and Maui Community College in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. She has been actively involved in the theatre as a playwright, director, community activist, and formed her own multicultural women’s touring company, 1990 MIRAJ. Her works have been performed at The Harold Clurman Theatre, Nat Horne Theatre, OPEN EYES: New Stagings, and with Playwrights Preview Productions in New York City. In educational theater, her works have been performed at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, The University of Michigan-Flint, The University of Indiana-Bloomington, Marion College in Indiana, Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, Beecher Community School District in Flint, Michigan, Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas and Maui Community College in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. As a community activist her works have been performed at The Gospel Workshop in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Elmhurst Residential Treatment Center in Detroit, Job Corps, Local 242, International Institute of Flint, Masonic Temple in Detroit, Phoenix Civic Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, Detroit Bahá’í Center, Toronto Bahá’í Center, Louis Gregory Bahá’í School in Hemingway, South Carolina, Louhelen Retreat and Conference Center and numerous churches and community centers in South Carolina, Texas, and Michigan. Playwriting awards include: National League of American Pen Women, Washington, D.C., Michigan Woman Finalist, Playwriting, 1995&1998, Deep Southern Writers Conference, Lafayette, Louisiana, Full-length Script Award-1997, Love Creek Productions, New York City, National One-Act Play Festival, Finalist, 1992, Arizona State Theatre, National Hispanic Playwriting Competition, Finalist-1995, Western Great Lakes Playwriting Competition, South Bend Civic Theatre, South Bend, Indiana, Finalist-1994, and Open Door Women’s Playwriting Competition, Chicago, Finalist-2001. She is also the playwright for the Beecher Community School District. All of her works are concerned with spiritual, racial, and feminine themes of transcendence. She is published with Contemporary Drama Service, Before the Spanish Came, 1995, and her book of religious drama based on the Babí and Bahá’í Revelations, BIRTH OF WOMAN’S SPIRIT, Táhirih and Other Plays is forthcoming in October of 2002.”—Africana Studies Program Faculty, http://www.flint.umich.edu/departments/africana/carol.htm, accessed October 31, 2002.

  §  Themes interracial romance, Ku Klux Klan, lynching, racism, slavery, social values.

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