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The Slave Dancer\'s Choice
The Slave Dancer's Choice
By Frank Higgins

Cast: 3m., 2w. (plus others of either gender as desired.) Drawn from historical sources about the Atlantic slave trade, this play follows the journey of a young American slave who is tricked into serving on a slave ship. The slave, Danny, accepts the offer of a white sea captain to go to sea on a whaling ship, in return for which the captain promises to buy Danny and his mother and set them free. Once onboard, Danny discovers that the true cargo will be African slaves being brought to the new world. Danny's dilemma: does he take part in the slave trade, which will win him his freedom, or will he steal the captain's key and free the Africans from their chains? Making his choice difficult is Danny's realization that if he frees the slaves, he will never see his mother again and she will be forced to live the rest of her life as a slave. His choice is also made more difficult by an African mother, who resembles his mother, and her daughter, to whom Danny becomes attracted. Will Danny make the decision that amounts to a greater good for all? Or will he use the slave trade for his own benefit, making him no different from the captain? Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  SH6
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  40
Royalty:  $35.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  45 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583421661
Publication Date: 12/15/2003
Frank Higgins is the author of The Country of the Blind, a play about disability, which received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to support its production and later toured through the Midwest. He is also the author of The Sweet By 'n' By which was produced with Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow. Gunplay has been produced across the ...More
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