I wrote my short play Partner Of — last year, after grappling with the word “relationship” in a call for scripts on “the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.” Denise O’Neal, founder of Houston's Fade to Black Festival, generously consulted on my first draft. Since the three characters in this play are African American, and I am not, that seemed the only possible way to approach this project critically or appropriately.

The ten-minute Partner Of — has had three...

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Rachael Carnes

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