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Knock Me a Kiss
Knock Me a Kiss
"The first act of Knock Me a Kiss, a dandy play about the ill-advised marriage of W. E. B. Du Bois's daughter, is such rollicking fun that you may find yourself worrying at the intermission about whether there's any way this production can successfully work itself around to the serious part of the story that you know lies ahead. But somehow it does, keeping its sense of humor but muzzling it just enough to allow some drama and poignancy to enter the mix." —The New York Times
By Charles Smith.

Cast: 3m., 3w. Knock Me a Kiss is a fictional account inspired by the actual events surrounding the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois' daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen. The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of Negro talent and beauty. It united the daughter of America's foremost black intellectual, co-founder of the NAACP and publisher of Crisis Magazine, with a poet whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement. The play opens as jazz bandleader, Jimmy Lunceford, continues his pursuit of a willing but apprehensive Yolande. She demurs, insisting that she and Jimmy be married in a manner consistent with her stature. Meanwhile, Du Bois tries to convince Cullen to take a wife of great breeding, stature and education. When Countee realizes that Yolande possesses all of the attributes outlined by the elder Du Bois, he sets out to win her affection. When Yolande is forced to choose between her passion for Jimmy and marrying Countee, her devotion to her father overwhelms her heart. The marriage is a triumph of pomp and pageantry but fails to be a union of man and woman. Eventually Countee goes to Paris with his close friend Harold Jackman, and Yolande returns to Jimmy only to find that she is no longer wanted. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Play details
Status:  (Subject to Restriction)
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  K28
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  94
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 158342167X
Publication Date: 05/16/2003
Charles Smith is playwright in residence at the Tony award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. His plays include Pudd'nhead Wilson, Takunda, City of Gold, Freefall, Knock Me a Kiss, Les Trois Dumas, The Sutherland, Sister Carrie, Black Star Line, Jelly Belly, Young Richard and Cane, and have been produced off-Broadway and around the country by theaters such as Victory Gardens, ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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