Les Blancs (The Whites)

Les Blancs (The Whites)

by: Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff

by: Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff

Les Blancs (The Whites)

Les Blancs (The Whites)

by: Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff

by: Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff

Overview

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.

Authors

Lorraine Hansberry

When Lorraine Hansberry’s (1930-1965) A Raisin in the Sun appeared on Broadway in 1959, the artist became, at twenty-nine, the youngest American playwright, the fifth woman, and the only African American to date to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. The p ...

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Author

Robert Nemiroff