by Richard Wright Just how far will a man go to provide for his family? Richard Wright's bitingly funny play centres on Carl, a black man in 1950s America struggling to make ends meet for his family.
Turning on its head the view held by some whites that 'blacks all look the same', Carl adopts the name of his wife, Lucy, and poses as a female maid, securing a position in a white family.
The performance is all too convincing for the father of the house, who tries to make Carl submit to the sexual advances that have driven away his predecessor.
Through the wife's outrage, which turns to violent retribution, Carl identifies the articulation of race and gender that characterises this period of America's history.
Produced by Pauline Harris