Book Review: HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX AND OTHER PLAYS (Adrienne Kennedy)

by Nia Liat on November 17, 2020

in Books

NEW VOLUME OF KENNEDY PLAYS ARRIVES TODAY

He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Other Plays by Adrienne Kennedy is now available. The titular play, which received its world premiere at Theatre for a New Audience in New York in the winter of 2018, is joined in this volume by Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side and Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles? (co-written with Adam P. Kennedy).

In He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, her first new work in a decade, Kennedy journeys into Georgia and New York City in the 1940s to lay bare the devastating effects of segregation and its aftermath. The story of a doomed interracial love affair unfolds through fragmented pieces — letters, recollections from family members, songs from the time — to present a multifaceted view of our cultural history that resists simple interpretation. In New Yorker, Hilton Als said the play “is shaped like the shimmering and original scripts that made Kennedy’s name in the 1960s and have kept her in a place of her own in the New York theater scene ever since.” Indeed, Kennedy has been an important figure in the American theatre since the early ’60s, influencing generations of playwrights. She won an Obie for Funnyhouse of a Negro in 1964 and June and Jean in Concert in 1996.

published November 17, 2020
144 pages | paperback and e-book | Theatre Communications Group
available at Amazon

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