Serial Black Face, Paperback / softback Book

Serial Black Face Paperback / softback

Part of the Yale Drama Series series


The 2014 winner of the Yale Drama Series "The play does not have a tragic ending, though you will be certain that it must.

But it is a tragic story. It is the tragedy of lives lived without hope of deliverance. . . . I will leave you to read the play and determine how on earth we get to a satisfying ending to this tragic tale of a woman without a chance.

But that ending is the genius of Nabers's work, her faith in the ability of people with no chance, to find one."-Marsha Norman, from the Foreword The year is 1979 and a serial killer in Atlanta is abducting and murdering young black children.

Against a backdrop of fear and uncertainty, playwright Janine Nabers explores the emotional battleground where an African-American single mother wars with her teenage daughter, each coping in her own way with personal tragedy and loss.

The volatility of their situation is intensified when a severely damaged and devastatingly handsome stranger becomes an integral part of their lives. Serial Black Face is the eighth winner of the DC Horn Foundation/Yale Drama Series Prize, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman.

At once startling, engrossing, suspenseful, and exhilarating, Nabers's powerful drama employs a real-life nightmare, the Atlanta Child Murders of the late 1970s, to incisively examine human frailty and the prickly complexities of a mother-daughter relationship.

A stunning theatrical work, both thoughtful and profoundly moving, Serial Black Face is richly deserving of this year's prize.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780300211375

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