Day of Absence
By Douglas Turner Ward
Directed by Laurie Marie Cabral
Produced by George Sebastian Coleman
A satire about an imaginary Southern town where all the black people have suddenly disappeared. The only ones left are sick and lying in hospital beds, refusing to get well. Infants are crying because they are being tended to by strange parents. The Mayor pleads for the President, Governor, and the NAACP to send him “a jackpot of jigaboos.”
On a nationwide radio network he calls on the blacks, wherever they are, to come back. He shows them the cloths with which they wash cars and the brushes with which they shine shoes as sentimental reminders of the goodies that await them. In the end the blacks begin to reappear, as mysteriously as they had vanished, and the white community, sobered by what has transpired, breathes a sigh of relief at the return of the rather uneasy status quo.
What will happen next is left unsaid, but the suggestion is strong that things will never quite be the same again.
Running Fridays + Saturdays from July 15th to July 30th @ 8pm. Sunday Matinee on July 24th @ 2pm. Tickets on sale now at HITW.org/tickets