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The White Card

Claudia Rankine
The White Card stages a conversation that is both informed and derailed by the black/white American drama. The scenes in this one-act play, for all the characters’ disagreements, stalemates, and seeming impasses, explore what happens if one is willing to stay in the room when it is painful to bear the pressure to listen and the obligation to respond.
—Claudia Rankine


Claudia Rankine’s first published play, The White Card, poses the essential question: Can American society progress if whiteness remains invisible?

Composed of two scenes, the play opens with a dinner party thrown by Virginia and Charles, an influential Manhattan couple, for the up-and-coming artist Charlotte. Their conversation about art and representations of race spirals toward the devastation of Virginia and Charles’s intentions. One year later, the second scene brings Charlotte and Charles into the artist’s studio, and their confrontation raises both the stakes and the questions of what—and who—is actually on display.

Rankine’s The White Card is a moving and revelatory distillation of racial divisions as experienced in the white spaces of the living room, the art gallery, the theater, and the imagination itself.

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ISBN
978-1-55597-839-6
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Paperback
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Pages
104
Trim Size
5.5 x 8
A play about the imagined fault line between black and white lives by Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric

About the Author

Claudia  Rankine
Credit: John Lucas
Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric and four previous books, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Her work has appeared recently in the Guardian, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, the winner of the 2014 Jackson Poetry Prize, and a contributing editor of Poets & Writers. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2016. Rankine is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.

http://claudiarankine.com/
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Celebrate Graywolf's forty-five years of adventurous publishing and welcome our biggest literary stars to our home town

The 2019 Graywolf Literary Gala will feature Eula Biss (On ImmunityNotes from No Man's Land), Maggie Nelson (The ArgonautsThe Red Parts), and Claudia Rankine (CitizenThe White Card) with introductions by Danez Smith (Don't Call Us Dead).

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Praise

  • “Claudia Rankine’s . . . searing mind and sharp sense of humor give us much to debate, ponder, and love about the American race story when we need it most.”—Anna Deavere Smith
     
  • “Claudia Rankine is a giant. . . . The White Card is a flash of brilliance. Read it and weep!”—Carrie Mae Weems
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