THE STORY: Gloria and Vincent, a once happily married couple, are suffering through the first days of their separation. Vincent has decided to move out, and as they divide their possessions amidst the mutual recriminations and accusations, their tolerance level for each other sinks. Vincent does indeed leave but returns early the next morning in a semi-drunken state. The household possessions that had proven to be so symbolic in defining their relationship are no longer there, for they are no longer important. They bicker again, but this time, with their defenses lowered, the young, innocent and honest couple they had been during the first year of their marriage resurfaces. Neither gets their trust up far enough to admit their shortcomings, however. They lapse into a cheery charade of friendliness, until Vincent leaves Gloria for good, casting a shadow on any hope of reconciliation.
In its New York presentation, which marked this author’s Broadway debut, this powerful, eloquent and relentlessly honest study of a disintegrating interracial marriage first gained national attention through its production by the Washington (D.C.) Theatre Club. “…(a) play with bite, relevance and dramatic content.” —Variety. “Wilson’s play is, quite simply, magnificent—in its honesty, its perception and its theatrical integrity.” —Washington (D.C.) Examiner. “…a work of clear and substantial values…THE GINGHAM DOG will have a long life.” —Washington (D.C.) Post.