Black Girl


J.E. Franklin

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 6 Female

Trapped in a life which can lead nowhere, Billie Jean has dropped out of school and secretly taken a job as a dancer in a local bar, her ultimate goal being to become a ballet dancer

But her ambitions bring her into conflict with her envious sisters, both of whom have been locked into dreary marriages too early, and her mother

Her mother has given up on her own children and now lavishes her care and affection on her "foster daughters" - industrious girls to whom she has transferred her own frustrated hopes

Billie Jean must fight a multiplicity of prejudices-family, sex, color, class and economic-to win an education and forge her own identity

But with her grandmother's strength and trust to embolden her, Billie Jean breaks free, establishing at last a tenuous but hopeful relationship with her mother

While taking the first sure steps toward a life which will, at least, be of her own making

Winner of the Drama Desk Award

First produced by the Henry Street Settlement's New Federal Theatre, and then a long-run success at Off-Broadway's Theatre de Lys

This eloquent and affecting play tells its story of a young girl's struggle to find a better life with rare honesty, revealing insights and a fresh, disarming humor

" a skillfully drawn domestic drama, moving in its simplicity an inspirational play to truly exceptional quality" ~ Variety

"a forceful and important new voice" ~ NY Post

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