Play: Inevitable Daughter — Directorial Introduction

Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“But there were always two factors psychologically dominant in his personality. First, through some quirk of circumstance, he had become estranged from the religion and the folk culture of his race. Second, he was trying to react to and answer the call of the dominant civilization whose glitter came to him through the newspapers, magazines, radios, movies, and the mere imposing sight and sound of daily American life. In many respects his emergence as a distinct type was inevitable.”Richard Wright

What Richard Wright said of Bigger Thomas, for the next month, I’ll try to do for Nigeria Thompson. As “Bigger” is eponymous for “Nigger,” so was “Nigeria” chosen. As Bigger was a “Native Son,” so is Nigeria an “Inevitable Daughter.” But I don’t have the luxury of years planning and months writing; rather this was planned for only days and will be finished by March 30th.

The effort is not to showcase literary talent. Why do that? The effort is to encourage among us youth amusements and provide again for our people. How many of us actually think of how to entertain our own people? How many options do African people really have for good, wholesome socials? Is it any surprise that Africans partake in unwholesome societies when wholesomeness is generally neglected?

This is an all-African seven-person play where five of the actors have two characters (12 character total.) Should you choose to perform this play (or even only a scene), do not include other people and only cast African actors. In emulating Native Son’s plot, Europeans factor in the story. Yet it’s not upon us to employ Europeans or enlist them for our storytelling. That said, record scenes of this play, perform it in parks, schools, homes, and pay yourself and donate money here whenever you sell tickets. You may also like this play.  Subscribe, share, love.

The Inevitable Daughter: An Introduction
By Onitaset Kumat

Plot: A young woman kills a man in panic–a European. She’s African. But maybe if she stays calm, nothing will go wrong?

Characters:

  1. Nigeria Thompson — A young Woman
  2. Sister Dallas Ng — A disbarred Lawyer
  3. Somal Thompson — Nigeria’s Brother
    Eddie Puxt* — Mr. Puxt’s ABS Sympathizing Son
  4. Mrs. Thomspon — Nigeria’s Mother
    Kate* — The Private Investigator
  5. Leah Thompson — Nigeria’s Sister
    Jane Torren*– Eddie Puxt’s Girlfriend
  6. Isiah East — Nigeria’s Boyfriend
    Melville* — The District Attorney
  7. Judge Tom — The Judge
    Mr. Puxt* — Nigeria Thompson’s New Employer

*European Character: Theatrically, just the above actor with a Mask.

Acts and Scenes

Act 1 — Fear
Scene 1 — In Mrs. Thompson’s House
Scene 2 — In Office
Scene 3 — In Office
Act 2 — Flight
Scene 1 — In Isiah East’s House
Scene 2 — In Office
Scene 3 — In Hideout
Act 3 — Fate
Scene 1 — Prison
Scene 2 — Court
Scene 3 — Prison

Theatre Mechanics

In New York City there is a Theatre troupe in one of its parks which before an assembly of onlookers, performs a play wherein at the change of a scene the actors themselves move to another part of the park where awaits the next scene. This isn’t that sort of play–though it can be for some scenes.

For Inevitable Daughter, a Table, Four Chairs, Three Bedsheets (White, Floral, Black) and Five Masks (or White makeshift hats [such as shirts wrapped around the head]) will be sufficient for communicating a change of scene and a change of race (for European characters.) The sheets can be used as curtains before being spread on the table or floor to depict a different scene. The masks and a changed voice can be used to signify a European character. The costs of production should not be a factor for the performance of the play.

Differences from “Native Son”

The play shares the plot to an extent. A young African kills a European in a panic then tests fortune by remaining at the crime scene. Everything that follows speaks toward European society and its Power over African people.

However, the differences are dramatic. Not only is the Protagonist now a Woman, but the story is told in a Play’s format rather than a Novel’s. Novels afford wider appeals to senses, observations, more visually charged movements and more scenes. They can also be more serious and realistic. For this play, I figured I had 30 days (of March), a post every 3 days including this introduction, so only 9 Scenes to work with. Given that “Native Son” had 3 Acts, I chose 3 Scenes from each Act. This leaves out a lot, and while referencing undisplayed scenes has its merits, obviously I encourage those who enjoy the play to read “Native Son” by Richard Wright for the more full experience.

Other differences include a lack of an inner monologue, which really made “Native Son” understandable, and the lack of the Communist Party, putting instead the African Blood Siblings into the story. This promises to be particularly tricky. There are also scenes in “Native Son” too graphic for a young audience. How to include such plot devices as rape and murder are still not clear.

Overall, it’s expected to be a good story. Stay tuned.  And consider reading and performing my other play, “Dinner After Europe.”

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