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The book cover for There is Violence and There is Righteous Violence and There is Death or, The Born-Again Crow. Four black crows crowded together look down from above in front of a dark blue background. The title of the play appears in purple and white text.

Read an excerpt from There is Violence and There is Righteous Violence and There is Death or, The Born-Again Crow

By Brandon Crone Date: July 04, 2024 Tags: Excerpts

Grocery-store clerk Beth has had a hell of a week. A hell of a life, actually, full of people squashing her soul. And after pushing back at life—stabbing a steak to her boss’s desk and lighting a magazine rack on fire, for instance—freshly unemployed Beth regroups at her mom’s suburban home. Just when Beth starts to think she’s to blame for systemic limits, the gift of a bird feeder sparks a relationship with a talking Crow who reconnects her with her true power.

This sly chamber piece from new voice Caleigh Crow turns post-capitalism ennui on its head with a righteous fury. It unearths the subtle (and not so subtle) ways we gaslight the marginalized, especially Indigenous women, people living with mental-health afflictions, and anyone struggling to make ends meet in low-income service jobs. There is Violence and There is Righteous Violence and There is Death or, The Born-Again Crow captures the vivacity and humour of one truly remarkable woman not meant for this earth, and brings her to her own glorious transcendence.

Read the first few pages from the play below.

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          It is late in the day. Suburban backyard. There is a door to the house and a
          fence and trees. There is an assortment of outdoor furniture. There are
          garbage cans.

FRANCINE: I set everything up so you have a lot of space back here. It’s all set up here. A lot of space and different areas—I thought you could sit here or you could sit over here, and maybe read, or whatever you’d like to do. I thought this could be a place you can come be in the sunshine and fresh air so I went ahead and set it all up for you.

BETH: Thanks, Mom.

FRANCINE: I thought it might be good for you to make a habit of filling these bird feeders I bought. You know, having something to keep track of, and someone who relies on you is a good way to learn—I just mean it’s a good way to learn about life. I just think it will be good for you.

BETH: Right.

FRANCINE: And so what do you think?

BETH: It’s nice, Mom.

FRANCINE: You’ll sit out here sometimes?

BETH: Probably.

FRANCINE: Maybe this would be a good place for us to sit together.

BETH: Sure.

FRANCINE: You know I still can’t stand television.

BETH: I know.

FRANCINE: Well I can’t help it, I’m fussy and old, you know.

BETH: Yeah it’s fine.

FRANCINE: I just prefer books.

BETH: Mom, I know. You don’t have to watch TV. No one is gonna make you watch TV. And TV is doing fine without you anyway.

FRANCINE: I just prefer books.

           Beat.

And you know, we could sit out here together.

BETH: Yeah.

FRANCINE: Yeah.

BETH: I know you aren’t saying you want to talk about what happened, but you do want to talk about it, and you don’t want to say you want to sit out here and talk about it, but I know that you want to sit out here and talk about it.

FRANCINE: You’re saying that, I’m not saying that.

BETH: I know what you mean, Mom, when you say you want to sit out here together. What else would we do but talk?

FRANCINE: I want to talk to you. Of course I want to talk to you. And I want to talk to you out here. But I didn’t say I want to talk about what happened. You said that. My therapist said not to push you into talking about it so I’m not. I am going to let you tell me about it in your own time.

BETH: You talked to your therapist already?

FRANCINE: I called her on my way to pick you up.

BETH: Have you considered I never, ever want to talk to you about it?

FRANCINE: Never say never, Beth.

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Learn what happens next by ordering your copy of this riveting cul-de-sac gothic available now!

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