The Multicultural Theatre Project and «Minority» Literature
Chapter 1. Introduction: Encountering Self
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It stretches you, makes you think the unthinkable, project yourself into people you even dislike. … It makes you stay in touch with yourself; I guess it’s like going under water for me, the danger, yet I’m certain I’m going to come up.
—Toni Morrison (Taylor-Guthrie, 1994, p. 45)
I conclude with the openness with which I began this inquiry, by asserting that some of the learning that took place in this project is immeasurable—the healing, the loving, the exploration, the emancipation, the hope, and the reverberations …
—Joi Carr (Chapter 10)
I remember the first time I read Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. I was so moved and riveted by the first words he utters, “I am an invisible man.” I could not put the text down. While I read, I cried, I shouted, I moaned, I hummed, I sang, I danced, and I prayed. I was haunted, even now as I remember. When I finished the book, I was full, full of hope, full of curiosity, full of my Ghanaian father, full of my West Indian, French, Native American, Russian, African American mother—I could hear her beautiful laughter, her quiet, incessant giggle, feel her joy, see my father’s face, hear his musical accent and tone, feel his passion ← 1 | 2 → for language and words. I thought, “What just happened?” I was absorbed by the...
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