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IN THE SHADOW OF HIS LANGUAGE

Cast: 3 women / 4 men

Didi O’Connor must escape South Boston where her Dad scoffs, “How did you get so fat on your Ma’s shitty cooking?”  She seizes her chance when she gets “a free ride” to a prestigious college in Upstate New York. But when her advisor forces Didi to change her name, accent, clothes—even her religion—will success destroy her more than her dead-end home-life ever would?  In the Shadow of His Language explores the costs of class-jumping and the imperialism we call “education.”

Semi-finalist for the O’Neill Center National Playwrights’ Conference; semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship; finalist for the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award; finalist for the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) NewPlayFest; Awarded an “In the Works” residency by the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

The script has had readings at Chicago Dramatists, Chicago’s Cultural Center, the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), and Playwrights Horizons (off-Broadway).

Script here: Shadow Draft 7-4.

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