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Selma Burke

Selma Burke

Full length 2 Act

2f/2m

Premise

Based on true story Selma Burke the African American sculptress chronicles many of the extraordinary events of that century, lynching’s, the Harlem Renascence, the holocaust, the assignation of MLK, and depicts them her extraordinary sculptures. Recognizing that it’s aways easier to rip things down that build things up she champions other’s accomplishments through her art in a society that doesn’t always recognize her talents, a husband who (loves her but) often destroys her work, the government who steals her art and the FBI.

Innovative use of actors who metaphorize into Selma’s sculptures that challenge, support and bicker with her and each other.

Hook

How do you take up arms when all you have is a mallet, a chisel and a block of stone? Selma Burke fights to champion other’s accomplishments in a society that doesn’t always recognize her talents, a husband who (loves her but) often destroys her work, the government who steals her art and the FBI who threaten her.

Theme

“Destruction is the work of an afternoon, creation is the work of a lifetime” Kamahl

How To Get a Copy

To order this play please contact The Playwrights Guild of Canada or contact the playwright.