Robert O'Hara

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Drama, Full-length

This haunting, provocative play sheds light on the similarities between racism and homophobia in Nazi Germany and the American South when a black, gay, transgender prisoner escapes Germany only to find themselves embroiled in the racially-charged hotbed of 1939 Atlanta, Georgia.-from Playwrights Horizons

CHARACTERS:

SARAH ROCA
EDNA BLACK ROCK 
OSKAR von SCHLEICHER 
GABRIEL GIFT
ARIEL ROCA

SETTING:
The LIVING ROOM of the Roca Household in a “Plantation” home. ATLANTA, late 1930’s.CONNECTED TO The LIBRARY of Commandant von SCHLEICHER in a Detention Center. GERMANY, late 1930’s.It is important that the two Settings “read” as One Home.An ATLANTA and GERMANY “bleeding” into one another in the late 1930’s.


Author

Robert O'Hara

ROBERT O’HARA has received the NAACP Best Play and Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obies and the Herb Alpert Award. Broadway: Slave Play (Tony Nomination). Off Broadway: He directed the world premieres of Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play, Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/ Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy, Kirsten Childs’ Bella: An American Tall Tale, Baum and Cheri’s Gun and Powder at Signature Theater, Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun at Williamstown Theater Festival, Aziza Barnes’ BLKS at MCC, Inda Craig-Galvan’s Black Superhero Magic Mama at The Geffen Theater, the Universes’ Uni/Son, inspired by the poetry of August Wilson at OSF and Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, as well as his own plays, Mankind, Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History...[FULL BIO]