After good reviews and a three-week extension, The Trial of One Short Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae closes at NYC's Henry Street Settlement (466 Grand St), Dec. 6. Marcia Leslie's satire of black stereotypes tells of one woman who seeks her own identity in the face of those cliches.
The play is set up as a mock trial where blacks challenge blacks regarding their identity and racial stereotypes. The protagonist's racial identity is not derived from the history of her people but cribbed from racial stereotypes anthologized by others.
Paul Carter Harrison directs a cast featuring Barbara Montgomery, Ebony Jo-Ann, Carla brothers, Brenda Denmark, Petronia Paley, JoAnna Rhineheart and Reg Flowers.
For tickets ($20) or more information on The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman Vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae, call (212) 279 4200.
-- By Sean McGrath