A Rum Cake for Rita

by Blue Dasher Press

A One-Act Play by David-Matthew Barnes

In this powerful short play the universal importance of family is learned on Christmas Eve. The year is 1965. Rita has been suddenly widowed as her husband, John, has been killed in Vietnam. Since his death, Rita has been ostracized by John's family simply because Rita is white and her husband was black. Loneliness has left Rita emotionally crippled and suffering from a deep depression. When John's older sister, Marla, shows up unexpectedly and brandishing a rum cake, the two women finally come to terms with their shared grief and sorrow. Through their tears and conversation, they come to the realization that they will always be family, despite the color of their skin.

This short dramatic play features roles for 2 women. One character is African American. Both characters are in their late 20's.

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