New York

Ping Chong

La MaMa Galleria

Phase One: In Manhattan, a foreigner with a withered right arm makes a plea for financial aid to his country. The man’s garb is contemporary; his speech is anachronistic.

Phase Two: In South America, in the 1800s, a plantation owner gives his young daughter a miniature tea set and a knife. He also shows her a series of pictures of animals preying on each other. Years later, the plantation owner’s daughter rejects a South Carolinian suitor’s proposal of marriage. Ultimately, there is a revolution. The daughter’s slave, Berinthia, has been present in each of these scenes. In the final scene, Berinthia is alone and, sitting in the chair where we have been accustomed to seeing the daughter, she listens to the cries of revolution.

Phase Three: In the United States, in a “time approximate” setting, a black washerwoman, abandoned by her lover/husband, flees her home. Before she leaves, (but unrelated

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