Beauty's Daughter, Monster, The Gimmick: Three Plays

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 24, 2010 - Drama - 128 pages
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The sheer exuberance of language that pours forth in Dael Orlandersmith's plays has dazzled critics and audiences alike. In these three pieces, the award-winning writer and performer celebrates the power of words to rescue the young black women she portrays from their constricted worlds.

In the Obie Award-winning play "Beauty's Daughter," Diane yearns to free herself from her soul-deadening surroundings, where people drown their unfulfilled aspirations in drugs and alcohol. In "Monster," Theresa imagines a life in the rock-'n'-roll poetry bohemia of Manhattan's Lower East Side and away from her home in East Harlem, where she is scorned as a misfit. And in "The Gimmick," Alexis escapes her brutal reality among the library bookshelves, where she dreams of becoming a writer in Paris. Charged with fearless wisdom, these three electrifying plays transform rage-filled ghetto experience into a triumph of rhapsodic expression.


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These three poignant plays by Orlandersmith, a promising African American actress and playwright, include the 1995 Obie Award-winning Beauty's Daughter and two shorter plays, all of which premiered in ... Read full review

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Dael Orlandersmith lives in New York City. She won an Obie award in 1995 for "Beauty's Daughter."


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