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From the Ashes - Six Solo Plays

From the Ashes

Six Solo Plays

Edited by Shauntay Grant
Subjects: Feminist Theatre, Solo Shows, Black Playwrights, Anthologies, Women Writers
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369104465, 240 pages, June 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369104489, 240 pages, June 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369104472, 240 pages, June 2023

Table of contents

Editor’s Preface by Shauntay Grant

Georgeena by Djanet Sears

benu by d’bi.young anitafrika

A Chitenge Story by Makambe K Simamba

The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely by Ngozi Paul

The Sender by Cheryl Foggo

Crybaby by Kalale Dalton-Lutale


From the Ashes collects solo plays by Black Canadian women and womxn that together celebrate the hope, humour, and healing that can come after devastation and loss. From lighthearted comedies to heavy dramas, this anthology contains a multitude of stories on Blackness, love, motherhood, sexuality, trauma, racism, mythology, and more.

In Georgeena by Djanet Sears, a bride speeds down the highway, struggling to make sense of what led her to that moment. In benu by d’bi.young anitafrika, a young woman faces motherhood while still coming to terms with her own motherlessness. Makambe K Simamba’s A Chitenge Story follows a young woman who travels to her native Zambia to find and confront the man who abused her as a child. Ngozi Paul’s The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely chronicles a woman throughout different stages of her life that relate to her sexual awakening. In The Sender by Cheryl Foggo, a woman working for a global racism-elimination project encounters some technical difficulties when someone unexpectedly objects to the project’s restrictions. And in Kalale Dalton-Lutale’s Crybaby, a young woman falls in love for the first time, which opens a well of questions about her identity.