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Bondage

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David Henry Hwang

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 0 Female

In a Los Angeles S&M parlor, a dominatrix and her client are clad head-to-toe in leather costumes that conceal their faces and ethnicity's

These elaborate disguises allow them to play out fantasies based on racial stereotypes and sexual mythologies: she pretends to be an African-American woman to his white, liberal man; he transforms into an Asian-American and she into a blond WASP, etc

Exchanging biting social observations with stinging humor, they progress through their power games to expose the arbitrariness of racially minded thinking

All the while, however, they are haunted by an awareness that in spite of their efforts, they may be moving towards the most terrifying reality of all - a true intimacy which transcends the bounds of race

" the author of M. Butterfly proves to be a wry observer of contemporary mores and racial stereotypes" ~ NY Times

"Bondage is an intriguing piece of writing by one of the most intelligent and original new voices in the American theater" ~ Detroit News

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