Sisters Inc. by Rita Shelton Deverell
Sisters Inc. is a girlsè road trip, only the girls, one Jewish, one Christian, one black Muslim, are all in their 60’s. The girls revisit some tense moments they experienced throughout the course of their long-time friendships.
This is a work of fiction. However the characters encounter, live through, sometimes help shape a number of real historical events. Those events include: the U.S. segregated south and freedom rides 1950s-1960s; the 1991 Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn between Blacks and Orthodox Jews; a much publicized controversy 1992-94 around a production of “Showboat” in Canada; the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre; and an increasing awareness that Israel/Palestine is one of the biggest conflicts of the 20th. Century.
There should be no set changes in this piece, no furniture, and a minimum of props, perhaps only reversible scarves and paper representing letters/ contracts. I see a labyrinth painted on a flat stage, or a raked one, with the most distant dates (1959) in the Sisters history upstage, progressing through the labyrinth’s looping back paths to the most recent (2006) downstage. In a labyrinth you backtrack and get lost; they are also popular sites thought to be healing. In production the labyrinth might also be a good frame for the movement forward, backwards, and circular of the Sisters’ story, lives, and relationships.
Keywords: Women's friendships; Jewish, Muslim, Quaker; Montreal; red diaper baby.
Year Printed: 2017
Running Time: 70 minutes
Male Cast: 0
Female Cast: 3
This is script for 3 mature women, who appear to be in their 60's and act themselves at younger ages. One is black or appears to be.