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2020 Group Reads > June Group Read: Slave Play

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message 1: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Feel free to join in on this discussion of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris.


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments Yippie. I’m looking forward to it.


BernieMck | 1793 comments I’m game


message 4: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Yes! I’m kinda excited to read this. I’m very interested to see how this plays out.


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Shanika | 22 comments Looking forward to this one. I also was able to find it on Hoopla.


message 6: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Thanks for mentioning Hoopla! I ordered a copy from Amazon last night, but just cancelled it because I have access to Hoopla as well. Lol. Thanks!!!


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments What’s Hoopla?


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments What is hoopla. I just tried hoopla.com and it wouldn’t come up.


message 9: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Hoopladigital.com you library has to participate, if they do sign in with your info


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments Oh. This takes the place of overdrive I guess.


message 11: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Yeah for some, my library still does both


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Shanika | 22 comments No Dosha use it in addition to Overdrive. Hoopla has audiobooks and movies as well. Some books I'll find on one and not the other.


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments Oh, I see. Thanks for the clarification. It’s much appreciated.


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Shanika | 22 comments Dosha (Bluestocking7) wrote: "Oh, I see. Thanks for the clarification. It’s much appreciated."

No problem


message 15: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Thanks Shanika!!


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Teresa | 6 comments i read a lot of good things about the play - I'm really looking forward to reading the book.


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments I started it, wow. It not like anything I have ever read before. I’m really looking forward to this discussion.


message 18: by Teresa (last edited May 23, 2020 08:45PM) (new) - added it

Teresa | 6 comments thanks for the hoopla recommendation. not available at LA public library, but got it in hoopla and read it through yesterday. I look forward to re-reading and discussing.... it's a lot to process and unpack ;-)


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments Did you enjoy it? It looks like a fast read. I started it and then figured I’ll do the two books one at a time rather than simultaneously: I’m gonna stick to Conjure Women right now, but it has certainly peaked my interest and I’m glad to know your thoughts on it.


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Shanika | 22 comments Not what I expected. Definitely a quick read. Would have loved to see the play then discussed over drinks after lol.


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments Shanika, does that mean you finished it? I wish I had seen it too. My friend went to see it twice while it was on Broadway. I was trying to save it for July, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to.


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Shanika | 22 comments Yes I finished it. It was really short.


BernieMck | 1793 comments Dosha (Bluestocking7) wrote: "Shanika, does that mean you finished it? I wish I had seen it too. My friend went to see it twice while it was on Broadway. I was trying to save it for July, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to."

That's nice, since you are the one that got us committed to reading this book, in June, in the first place.


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments I’m looking forward to discussing it too, I’m halfway finished.


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments Bernie, I know right? LOL 😂


BernieMck | 1793 comments So far I’m not enjoying this play, is anyone else feeling it ?


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Shanika | 22 comments It wasn't what I expected. But it was extremely short so i finished it quickly.


BernieMck | 1793 comments Shanika wrote: "It wasn't what I expected. But it was extremely short so i finished it quickly."

But did you like it ?


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Shanika | 22 comments No


BernieMck | 1793 comments Thanks for your honesty. Now I don’t feel alone


message 31: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Ok. I need to unpack. And I did not know this was written by a black man. 🙄


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments I guess I need to hurry up and finish it.


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Teresa | 6 comments I don't think it's intended to "like" in the way you would normally like a book/play. It's intent is to disrupt and to make the audience (viewer or reader) uncomfortable. It hits the mark in that way for sure. It's ugly. This was chosen before the events of the last weeks, but it couldn't be more timely.
(I'm going to read it again to make certain passages fresher in my memory for discussion) it takes about and hour to get through, but to really pull out all the parts to discuss I'll need to get through it again. If I had to choose one word to describe it. UGLY


message 34: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Ugly. Interesting.


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments It’s strange. I’m sorry I suggested it. How embarrassing. I’m going to make myself finish it, since it was my bright idea.


message 36: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Don’t be! It wasn’t a horrible read. It’s just interesting. It’s great for discussion.


message 37: by BernieMck (last edited Jun 09, 2020 02:35AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

BernieMck | 1793 comments The book seems to be picking up for me. Judging Act I, without reading any of Act 2, was definitely not the way to go.


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments Okay I finished it. I’m ready to unpack when everyone else is. It is by far the most confusing and indescribable thing I’ve ever read. I need to discuss why it happened and how on earth it got such rave reviews.


message 39: by Teresa (last edited Jun 10, 2020 01:24PM) (new) - added it

Teresa | 6 comments Lulu wrote: "Ugly. Interesting." For me, the black partners got to see ugly parts of their mates which had not been revealed (even to themselves) in their day to day life. There was a lot of shame in what happened in the "scene" by the participants, and that felt ugly to me. It's not my overall description for the play, because I think it's brilliant, but that's a different layer of discussion. Maybe I view it from a different lens because my sister is married to a white guy, and I, but not she, am biracial. So, I definitely found some things relatable that caused me to enjoy the work.


Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments Well, I have to say, I thought this was going to take place on a plantation from opening to ending. So, when Rihanna starts playing in the background, I got lost. I was completely interested and completely lost; almost like I imagine Alice in Wonderland to be when she fell down the rabbit hole and encountered her first character speaking nonsense.

By the time I got to Phillip, I felt the need for visuals. I wanted to see this dude. I wished I was in row three front and center.

Then we came to Dustin and Gary and I needed to take a break. Good thing I had Conjure Women to turn to. I didn’t need to strain my brain so much.

Then I found out, after a much needed rest that this was a therapy session. Ohhh. Okaaay. But why? It didn’t seem to be working.


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Dedria A. | 246 comments It’s June 14 as I write this. I will be back on Tuesday ready to discuss.


message 42: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Hey everyone! I just wanna get a feel of where we are with the read, group wise. I’m not rushing anyone as we have two months scheduled.

Please post one of the following.

Currently Reading.
Finished.
Will Not Finish.
Haven’t Started, but will soon.


BernieMck | 1793 comments Finished


message 44: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
Ok. I’ll be honest. I’m still trying to process.

(view spoiler)


message 45: by Dosha (Bluestocking7) (last edited Jun 20, 2020 11:32AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard (bluestocking7) | 3226 comments Lulu wrote: "Ok. I’ll be honest. I’m still trying to process.

Overall what I picked up is no matter how much you love a person, you can’t help but to acknowledge the differences between you. It seems like th..."


Okay, so I don't know how to hide spoilers, I hope I don't do any harm for those who may still be reading the book. That being said, If you haven't finished Slave Play, please don't read my response to Lulu.

Lulu, I believe it is impossible not to see color, unless you are literally blind. You do not have to leave your race to see color. White people describe their race as being tall dark and handsome, fair, milky, light, rosy, olive, pale. pasty and we have not even left one race. The myriad of colors that Black people have are too numerous to count, no need to even try. The racism between light skinned Black people and dark skinned Black people is ancient, again, without leaving the race. My point being everyone see's color. I also think, opposites attract. It is the color difference that acts as a magnet sometimes. "I don't see race" is another lie. How can you not? Your race contributes to your heritage, your actual color to your specific uniqueness. Unfortunately, I think the therapy session was more damaging than finding a solution to whatever the problem was. I'm still trying to figure out if the therapy intensified the problem, (that I've not identified). Can anyone tell me why they needed this type of group therapy.

The more I think about what I read, and let it resonate, the play seems a bit better than it was immediately after I finished it. Not much, mind you, but somewhat. I needed to witness these interactions on stage. It would have taken some powerful actors to pull it off.


message 46: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
So I found this interesting article on the play, it more so gives more people's perspectives on the play. I can honestly see all sides of the argument for and against. I think i'm still in shock over the fact that a black man wrote it.

https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/12/5...


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