"My friend Jane was taken from this life at the Tower of London on the twelfth of February 1554 at nine o'clock in the morning. She was sixteen. I did not attend her beautiful day."
Monday, February 07, 2011
"You get a stew...You take and make your history with that stew.....You can't eat it all...You got some leftovers. You already making you another history...cooking you another meal, and you don't need them leftovers no more. What to do? See, we's the leftovers. The colored man is the leftovers...The problem ain't with the white man. The white man knows you just a leftover. 'Cause he the one done the eating...But we don't know that we been took and made history out of. Done went and filled the white man's belly and now he's full and tired and wants you to get out the way and let him be by himself."
In the play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Ma Rainey, I think, plays a small part compared to the men in the play. Although she is the famous person making the big bucks, she doesn't have as much dialogue. Perhaps, this is to prove a point about the African American female in that part of American History. I would love to have more time to reread this play and rethink it. It is like stew. It's rich with carrots, meat, peas and as my father called it "corn likker." I am excited to read his next play while still thinking about this one.August Wilson