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Plays by Richard Wesley
Political Drama
Full Length
4 men, 3 women (7 total)
Franklyn Longley is a veteran big-city mayor who’s in line to become the first black governor of his state—until his godson is tapped by the party to run instead. As a new generation of black politicians comes forward, they must learn there is a price to pay in order to realize their ambitions. This gripping political drama explores the conflicts that arise when aspirations collide across generational, racial, and gender divides....
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Political Drama
Full Length
8 men, 2 women (doubling, flexible casting) (10 total)
In America’s very near future, a guerilla revolution is in progress. A group of youths who call themselves the Black Terrorists has taken up arms against its oppressors. But Keusi, a Vietnam veteran and the group’s most prized assassin, harbors counterrevolutionary thoughts. He doesn’t believe that all the killing is necessary—he finds it hard to hate, and thinks the Black Terrorists are bravely but poorly led. When the terrorists decide to assassinate a black politician who ha...
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Comedy/Drama
One Act
1 man, 1 woman (2 total)
The action begins in a Newark park, where Nate and Coretta, the mother of his child, have been picnicking. A mood of bitterness has been generated by Coretta's suspicion that Nate has been seeing another woman, a mood that is not dispelled when, later at her apartment, she tries to entice Nate into staying the night. She is convinced he no longer loves her, while Nate, who wants security and some measure of success before committing himself to marriage, tries to make her unders...
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Drama
Full Length
7 men, 1 woman (8 total)
Ten years before the time of the play The Mighty Gents had been a power in the streets of the Newark black ghetto—proud, feared and sure of the promise of the future. But now, at thirty, the glory years are gone, and the few Gents who still acknowledge their leader, Frankie, are mired in slum defeatism and a sense of nowhere to go. Unemployed and bitter, they hang around street cor-ners guzzling wine and cracking jokes and deriding the two characters who symbolize what are, in ...
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Drama
One Act
2 men (2 total)
The scene is a pool hall, where Earl Davis, a man in his mid-forties, plays a solitary game. He is joined by Eddie Green, a young college student, who watches the older man in silence, and then challenges him to a game. Their conversation, casual at first, soon makes it clear that these two men, who have never met before, do, in fact recognize each other; are, in truth, father and son. In the end this truth is conceded—but so is the fact that the years of neglect that separate ...
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Two Plays in One Volume
One Acts
THE PAST IS THE PAST. The scene is a pool hall, where Earl Davis, a man in his mid-forties, plays a solitary game. He is joined by Eddie Green, a young college student, who watches the older man in silence, and then challenges him to a game. Their conversation, casual at first, soon makes it clear that these two men, who have never met before, do, in fact recognize each other; are, in truth, father and son. In the end, this truth is conceded—but so is the fact that the years ...
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Drama
Full Length
3 men, 3 women (6 total)
A penetrating study of character and the destructive cycle which so often characterizes life in a big city black ghetto. Employing a series of interlocking vignettes, made up of street encounters, dialogues and monologues, the author counterpoints the lives of two young prostitutes; the man who earlier deserted one of them; and a high school age couple whose future is surely shadowed in the present existence of the others. Deftly mixing humor and sadness, the play captures the ...
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Drama
Full Length
5 men, 3 women (8 total)
THE TALENTED TENTH spans the life and career of Bernard Evans, a successful African American radio executive whose midlife crisis has reached critical mass. A civil rights activist and Howard University graduate, Bernard settled into a comfortable life and reaped the benefits of a successful professional career, enjoying a state of prosperity and power. But something is missing, and Bernard is determined to reclaim the part of his life he feels he has lost....
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