This is the first anthology to focus exclusively on the lives of Black South African women. This collection represents the work of both female and male writers, including national and international award-winning playwrights. The collection includes six full-length and four one-act plays, as well as interviews with the writers, who candidly discuss the theatrical and political situation in the new South Africa. Written before and after apartheid, the plays present varying approaches and theatrical styles from solo performances to collective creations. The plays dramatise issues as diverse as: women's rights, displacement from home, violence against women, the struggle to keep families together, racial identity, education in the old and new South Africa, and health care.
Compiled by William Branch, playwright and American Book Award winner, this is a collection of plays by Black dramatists from Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and the United States. This anthology contains Death and the King's Horseman, by Wole Soyinka of Nigeria, 1986 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature; and more.