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He Brought Her Heart Back In A Box

He Brought Her Heart Back In A Box

By Adrienne Kennedy
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559369657, 144 pages, October 2020


In her first new work in a decade, Adrienne Kennedy journeys into Georgia and New York City in the 1940s to lay bare the devastating effects of segregation and its aftermath. The story of a doomed interracial love affair unfolds through fragmented pieces—letters, recollections from family members, songs from the time—to present a multifaceted view of our cultural history that resists simple interpretation.


"Ms. Kennedy remains one the harshest -- and most invaluable -- of the American theater’s conflicted sentimentalists."

- Ben Brantley, New York Times

"The effect is unnerving and dizzying, guaranteed—as Kennedy's plays are always guaranteed—to trouble the mind for weeks on end."

- Michael Feingold, Village Voice

"One of the American theater’s greatest and least compromising experimentalists... Her dramas are sites of living history, where personal stories of racism’s unhealed wounds mingle with dark tales thieved from the Brothers Grimm and 1940s Hollywood."

- New York Times

"An elegiac wisp of a memory play by Adrienne Kennedy that reflects the all-too-frequent tragedy resulting from interracial love in the Jim Crow-era American South."

- Thom Geier, The Wrap