Knock Me a Kiss - USA/Canada ONLY

Knock Me a Kiss - USA/Canada ONLY $10.99

Charles Smith

Published by Dramatic Publishing

3 Male 3 Female

A fictional account inspired by the actual events surrounding the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois' daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen

The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of Negro talent and beauty

It also united the daughter of America's foremost black intellectual, co-founder of the NAACP and publisher of Crisis Magazine, with a poet whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement

The play opens as jazz bandleader, Jimmy Lunceford, continues his pursuit of a willing but apprehensive Yolande

She demurs, insisting that she and Jimmy be married in a manner consistent with her stature

Meanwhile, Du Bois tries to convince Cullen to take a wife of great breeding, stature and education

When Countee realizes that Yolande possesses all of the attributes outlined by the elder Du Bois, he sets out to win her affection

But when Yolande is forced to choose between her passion for Jimmy and marrying Countee, her devotion to her father overwhelms her heart

The marriage is a triumph of pomp and pageantry but fails to be a union of man and woman

Eventually Countee goes to Paris with his close friend Harold Jackman, and Yolande returns to Jimmy only to find that she is no longer wanted

Single set - runs about 2 hours

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