Dara Harper Passing

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Passing is a one-woman play that has inspired audiences across the country to challenge traditional views about race in America. Based on the true story of the playwright's great-grandmother. Passing takes place in the 1940's, but emphasizes a message of love and hope that still resonates today.

Minerva Roulhac was born at the turn of the century in the segregated south. She was orphaned as a child. Despite her Caucasian appearance, she was adopted by a former slave. She grew up in Marianna, Florida's black community while her brother, Jordan ran away from home and started a new life, "passing for white." Jordan's decision caused a painful divide between him and Minerva.

After overcoming life-threatening obstacles, she fell in love and married Robert Roulhac. Together, they raised eight college-educated children and stood against prejudice. Minerva lived to be nearly 100 years old. In this play, she imparts the wisdom that helped her survive everything from Jim Crow to the Great Depression.

Playwright Dara Harper also wrote Shades Of War and penned two novels; Magic In Moon Time, Grits & Grace and The Justice Women.

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I roomed with Emma Mae Thompson. She had silky auburn hair and gray eyes with little touches of blue. She dressed in the finest fashions and had a figure that the fellas went crazy for. Back then, I was mostly skin and bones. Chile, I didn't get these hips 'til after I had my babies. Her father owned one of the biggest insurance companies in Memphis. They were quite wealthy by colored folk's standards.

When I introduced myself to Emma Mae, she took me in with those bright eyes of hers and said, "You could pass if you wanted to. There's no hope for me with these big ole lips, but you could pass." I made it clear that I wasn't interested in passing and that I considered myself a colored woman through and through. "Look at us, Minerva. Do you know that we can have any colored man we set our sights to? They all want to marry a pretty yellow woman with good hair. When I was in Europe, they thought I was white! For God's sake, there are Eye-talians darker than you!"

I didn't even like looking in the mirror sometimes because it made me aware of what others saw. All those times I went to town and people thought that Mama Aggie was my maid... and the times when white people stared at me while I sat in the colored section... and how my own people treated me better because I looked white... I tried not to think about the pain. But whenever it got to me, Mama Aggie would say, "There's nothing wrong with the way God made you."

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Dara Harper was born in Detroit, MI and developed a passion for storytelling at an early age. She is a novelist, Off-Broadway playwright, journalist, artist and award-winning filmmaker. She graduated from the International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago, IL. She won the Best African American Filmmaker Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival for her short film, "la Revolution." While residing in New York City, she was accepted into the Harlem Writer's Guild and the Amsterdam Writer's Group. 

Her feature film, "Sweeter Without Sugar" was an official selection at the African American Women In Cinema Film Festival. Her debut play, "Passing" had a sold-out run Off-Broadway and was nominated for an AUDELCO Award. Her follow-up play, "Shades Of War" was selected at as a top pick in the "Village Voice" and "Time Out New York." She is the author of two novels,"Magic In Moon Time" and "Grits & Grace" and "The Justice Women."Please visit darawrites.com for more info on her upcoming projects.

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