UNCLE TOM'S NEPHEWS - Cleophis

Austin, Texas

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: Contemporary, Pre-Contemporary                                

Situation: Cleophis, a young black man, relives the violent attack on the Freedom Riders in 1961 in Birmingham, Alabama, recalling specifically the events leading up to his night in prison and rape at the hands of the police who took him there. His brother-in-law, Eugene, nicknamed Rooster, who sat in the cell beside him, has now passed. He apologizes, remembering the hurt he caused Rooster, selfless, even in the face of horrific actions taken against him.

Subject Matter: Race, Civil Rights, Rape, Prison, Police, Trauma, Pain, Fear, Violence, Freedom Riders

Note From Playwright: The first portion of the piece, spoken in present tense, is the reliving of the event. When the piece switches into past tense, he is in the moment, seeing the scene and the people around him clearly.

These are the kinds of stories that are often overlooked by history, it's easier to be vague or even omit the awful things that happened to those who fought for the civil rights of Black Americans. This piece seeks to give the audience an intimate look at the pain and damage that remains, long after an event has passed.

Supplemental Information: For more information about the full script of UNCLE TOM’S NEPHEWS, visit Josiah’s New Play Exchange page: https://newplayexchange.org/users/20167/josiah-turner

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  • Source
    Full-Length Play
  • Character Age
    Young Adult (18-21), Adult 20-30, Adult 30-40, Adult 40-50, Adult 50-60, Adult 60-70, Adult 70+
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Male
  • Character Ethnicity
    African/African American
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Period
    Pre-Contemporary, Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min or less, 2 min +
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Male, LGBTPQQIA/Non-Binary
  • Writer Ethnicity
    African/African American
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