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Press Release for Tuesday, June 12, 2007

UNF One-Act Plays Celebrate African-American Experience

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Department of English will present an evening of two one-act plays celebrating the African-American experience on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the John E. Matthews Jr. Computer Science Building (Building 15), Room 1303. The production is free and open to the public.

The two plays being presented are “Day of Absence” by Douglas Turner Ward and “Sally’s Rape” by Robbie McCauley. In his witty satire, Ward appropriates the American minstrel tradition, turning it upside down as black actors wearing white face parody small town Southern bigotry. In her performance piece, “Sally’s Rape,” McCauley finds the voices of her foremothers to reveal the use of rape as a tool of oppression. This play is a dramatic reckoning with the personal, familial and collective past.

The cast features both UNF students and members of the Jacksonville community. The performances are for mature audiences. For more information, contact UNF’s Department of English at (904) 620-2273.