Three Plays

Deeply-rooted in Southern culture, Three Plays: Lawing and Jawing, Forty Yards, and Woofing is a humorous look at the Black experience from three distinct perspectives. From a cantankerous judge to a stubborn husband, each story highlights the minutia and pressures of the daily grind. The first play, Lawing and Jawing, follows a Georgia judge as he engages with petty criminals and innocent bystanders. Regardless of guilt, each person is susceptible to his temperamental style of justice. In Forty Yards, a collegiate football game sparks a lively exchange between opposing players and fans, while Woofing centers a headstrong husband and his disgruntled wife. Although disparate stories, each play is connected by Hurston?s signature style and prose. By featuring regional speech and customs, she creates relatable characters in authentic scenarios. Like most of her catalog, the author depicts...

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