photo by Berge Ara Lobain

 

this collection contains three full-length plays:

 

THE MOJO AND THE SAYSO

ONLY IN AMERICA

UNFINISHED WOMEN CRY IN NO MAN'S LAND WHILE A BIRD DIES IN A GILDED CAGE

 

THE MOJO AND THE SAYSO:

   Aishah Rahman has written an original, engrossing, at times quite beautiful and moving...play.
Alvin Klein, The New York Times

    Like some mythological monster, it's got the head of a tragedy, the torso of a comedy, and the wings of a fantasy...it's a very amusing beast.
   ...a strange and often hilarious study of the ways that people cope with the aftermath of tragedy.... All of them are looking for a magic charm, a mojo
`something that will never fail to pull you through the hard times'.
   THE MOJO AND THE SAYSO represents the triumph of Rahman's fertile comic imagination....

Jim Beckerman, News Tribune

originally produced by the Crossroads Theater Co, New Brunswick NJ

3 M, 1 F

 

ONLY IN AMERICA:

ONLY IN AMERICA is oracular, mythic, wicked satire, with outrageous humor and provocative subject matter. In this play, Rahman achieves a synthesis of Jazz and secular speech, as she creates a language for America's invisible women.

1 M, 3 F

 

UNFINISHED WOMEN CRY IN NO MAN'S LAND WHILE A BIRD DIES IN A GILDED CAGE:

   UNFINISHED WOMEN is an underground classic. It reaches beyond statistics and sociological theories to find the unarticulated, half-understood longings of teen-age mothers.... The title implies the central conceit of the play: the juxtaposition of the Hide-A-Wee Home for Unwed Mothers (the unfinished women) and Pasha's boudoir, where Charlie Parker (the `Bird'), the brilliant black saxophonist of years past, spent his last days. Many types of of girls find themselves in this home: the child of middle-class upbringing who got `caught'; the innocent who was raped; the savvy, street-smart girl who let the music make love to her, as well as the strict nurse who turned her illegitimate child into a `niece'. Charlie Chan, that stereotype of Oriental inscrutability, presides over all, a comment on the power of images in our society.
   The play focuses on that moment when the girls must decide whether to keep their babies or to give them up for adoption. Despite their fantasies of rescue by `caring' young fathers, they must decide alone. Meanwhile, Bird slowly dies in the plush boudoir of his longtime mistress, trapped in a narcotic fog and the lost dreams of his exploited talent.

From Margaret B Wilkerson's introduction to the play

originally produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival

1 M, 6 F, and two roles that can be played by either

 

PLAYS BY AISHAH RAHMAN

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