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The Talented Tenth

Full Length, Drama
5 men, 3 women
Total Cast: 8, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-3897-3


MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: 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.
“Wesley makes a compelling statement about the guilts, doubts and compromises of those African Americans who have escaped the soul-deadening grind of economic marginalism and achieved—at least ostensibly—the American dream.…Wesley’s dialogue is epigrammatically brilliant, his drama far-ranging and moving, his themes universal.” —Los Angeles Times.