By Sterling Houston
Sterling Houston is an cutting edge African American author whose performs are identified for biting social remark mixed with eye-popping theatricality. regardless of many winning productions, his paintings hasn't ever sooner than been commonly on hand in print. The 4 performs during this assortment characterize Houston’s complete variety of subject matters and types. excessive Yello Rose deflates the Alamo delusion by way of casting the heroes’ components solely with ladies. Isis in Nubia is a love tale that units the Isis/Osiris fantasy in West Africa. Black Lily and White Lily is a practical family drama exploring racial tensions. Miranda Rites returns to Houston’s widely farcical sort, enacting Martha Mitchell’s final days in a sanatorium, the place she hallucinates approximately Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge, and is escorted to the underworld by means of Carmen Miranda.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Sometimes I’m Joshua, too. They all inside me. Probably more. I escaped death and became a free man ﬁghting for slave Texas. Jim Bowie bought me from the famous Jean Laﬁtte. Gave me this big ol’ frog-sticker when he croaked. Travis made me come along so he could feel more the gentleman with a slave beside him ﬁghting for his right to hold slaves. That was John talking. Hollywood showed him taking it in the back to shield his good master Jim Bowie from a Mexican bayonet. But he’s here. Inside me.
You’re a freedman now Joe. Besides, I’m just as black as you, for all my golden skin. 26 High Yello Rose JOE: Sorry, Mi . . Emily. I forgot you ain’t no white lady. EMILY: Please, Joe; I shall never bear that burden. How did James Bowie treat you? Did he make you sharpen his knife? JOE: That’s in the past. Dead like him. Right now, I cain’t think of nothing but the future, and how to make sure you’re part of mine. EMILY: How downright courtly of you. But this is not the time for us, is it? Don’t you sense that?
The scent in this room. It reminds me of . . happier times. : Yes, that central column comes from a most rare fragrant tree; my woodsmen found it at the edge of the woods, growing alone with no like trees near. ISIS: It is most rare, indeed. ISHTAR: Then you should feel quite at home, this ﬁre is cozy against the chill, and there’s a pallet if you should drowse. : The prince does like a lullaby, ever so often, if he gets cross . . ISHTAR: . . Not that he will. ISIS: Look how he sucks my ﬁngertips.
Myth, Magic, And Farce: Four Multicultural Plays by Sterling Houston