The White Card
- “The ideas discussed in The White Card are always compelling. . . . The lines of an urgent debate are clearly and thoroughly drawn.”—The Nation
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.
Graywolf at 45: Minneapolis Literary Gala
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 Immunity; Notes from No Man's Land), Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts; The Red Parts), and Claudia Rankine (Citizen; The White Card) with introductions by Danez Smith (Don't Call Us Dead).
Join us for a wonderful evening featuring three authors who embody Graywolf's mission, and enjoy a gourmet appetizer and cocktail reception followed by a seated program with wine, cheese, and desserts. As Graywolf looks back on forty-five years of adventurous publishing, help us celebrate becoming a destination press for some of the most ground-breaking writers of our time.
Tickets on sale starting March 1, 2019. Single tickets are $275, and two or more tickets are $250 each ($75 of each ticket is not tax-deductible). Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000; to learn more, contact Rachel Fulkerson at email@example.com.
All proceeds support Graywolf Press, a nonprofit publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature.
- “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