The collection solo/black/woman features seven solo performances by emerging and established feminist performance artists from the past three decades. The scripts are accompanied by interviews and critical essays, as well as a DVD showcasing the performances. The performers range from Robbie McCauley and Rhodessa Jones, who were at the leading edge of the solo monologue boom of the 1980s, to new talents such as Stacey Robinson and Misty DeBerry. Collectively, their work displays an enormous range of aesthetic approach and thematic emphasis. The anthology offers a comprehensive, stimulating introduction to the beauty, richness, urgency, pleasure, and political promise of black feminist performance.
"This tremendously important anthology has the potential to define a tradition of performance—one grounded in the past, efflorescing in the present, and hurtling toward the future—even as it models an ambitious and thrilling mode of collaboration between theater scholars and practitioners." —Robin Bernstein, author of Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights