Day of Absence
Ward, one of the icons of African-American theater, paints a world where the sudden disappearance of his race causes a fictional small southern town, and the world that surrounds it, to come apart at the seams. Parents are unable to care for their babies. Businesses are unable to function as they had the day before. And governments themselves begin to collapse under the weight of its increasingly agitated and helpless citizenry. The next day, when the black people return as quickly as they left, life in the town goes right back to “normal.” Or does it?