Les Blancs: A Drama in Two Acts
New Revised Version 5 black m, 3 white m, 2 white f, 1 black f, 6 extras including 1 child Unit set Best American play of 1970, Les Blancs prophetically confronts the hope and tragedy of Africa in revolution. The setting is a white Christian mission in a colony about to explode. The time is that hour of reckoning when no one the guilty nor the innocent can evade the consequences of white colonialism and imperatives of black liberation. Tshembe Matoseh, the English educated son of a chief, has come home to bury his father. He finds his teenage brother a near alcoholic and his older brother a priest and traitor to his people. Forswearing politics and wanting only to return to his wife and child in England, Tshembe is drawn into the conflict symbolized by a woman dancer, the powerful Spirit of Africa who pursues him. "Incredibly moving ...towering, magnificent." - New York Times "Possessed of the unrelenting power, breadth of vision and masterly technique that only a very few playwrights are capable of in any one generation." - Detroit News
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2—Scene 1 ACT ABIOSEH Abruptly ACT 2—Scene ACT TWO SCENE African Amos Kumalo arms beat Bill Ware BLACKOUT ACT BLANCS bottle brother Bwana CHARLIE CHARLIE MORRIS CHARLIE'S Charlotte Zaltzberg cigarette Congo drums crosses cyclorama dance DEKOVEN Doctor drink DRUMMERS drums ERIC ERIC'S Europeans exits eyes father flare signal wire GIFTED AND BLACK hand handful of dust head hyenas hypodermic needle jungle khaki shorts KOVEN Lambarene laugh listen look Lorraine Hansberry Major Rice Mission Modingo Morris moves NGAGO night nods Ntali offstage parlor play PRE-SET production Reverend Neilsen rifles rises robe Robert Nemiroff sandals settlers shirt Shrugs sits Smiling SOLDIERS sorry spear stage stands stares stereophonic swiftly talk tell Thank things thought tion Tshembe Matoseh TSHEMBE throws TSHEMBE'S turns Twin Forks Junction understand village wait WARRIORS watch What's Willy Wrap-around skirt Zatembe