The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God

Written by:

Djanet Sears

Cast Size:
11

Roles For:

  • Men: 7
  • People of Colour: 7
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

Aging
Black History
Canadian History
Christianity
Death
Divorce
Faith
Grief
History
Loss
Parenthood
Race
Religion

Length:

175 min.

Year Written:

2002

Synopsis:

The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God is a remarkable love, an incredible heist, an extraordinary funeral, and an impassioned search for answers to the profound mysteries of being alive. A beautiful and deeply moving story set in present-day Negro Creek, a 200-year-old Black community in Western Ontario. Rainey Baldwin-Johnson, a county doctor, struggles to come to terms with the loss of her daughter, the disintegration of her marriage, and an eccentric elderly father on an astonishing crusade.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Rainey Baldwin Johnson / Michael Baldwin / Abendigo Johnson / Ivy / Darese / Girlene / Bert / Dr. Radcliffe / Delivery Man / Guard / Chorus

First Produced:

2002, Obsidian Theatre and Nightwood Theatre

Resources:

The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God is available through the CPO Website and Playwrights Canada Press.

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Notes:

Shortlisted for Trillium Book Award

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Selection Notes:

Sears has a unique storytelling style and the script provides abstract representation through a chorus. A strong understanding of the historical and cultural references is strongly suggested. -Grace

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