Funnyhouse of a Negro
Sarah’s mind is a carnival fun house of surrealist nightmares and violent cultural conflicts. Four personas, including the Duchess of Hapsburgh, Jesus, and Queen Victoria all vie for control as Sarah struggles to maintain her own identity. Funnyhouse of a Negro doesn’t pull any punches as it faces issues of psychological trauma, discrimination, and social justice head on.
Playwright Adrienne Kennedy was part of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s, and worked within the Jazz Aesthetic. She is a founding member for the Women’s Theatre Council and has won two Obie Awards: "Distinguished Play" in 1964 for Funnyhouse of a Negro, and "Best new American Play" in 1996 for June and Jean in Concert and Sleep Deprivation Chamber. Kennedy was also honored at the 2008 Obie Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information, visit her website.