Personal History

Personal History by Dominic Taylor

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Productions (4)
Comedy/Drama
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90 - 120 minutes
2 W, 4 M, 
Content Notes: Adult language
Set: Unit set: the sitting room in a grand Chicago home

Personal History follows an African-American couple as they navigate three moments in American life, stretched out over a century in the city of Chicago. The highly educated pharmacist Eugene enters the world of the play in 1903, outraged that he is overqualified and underemployed. At an elegant parlor party hosted by his white business associate, Eugene scandalizes the other guests by challenging their comfortable liberalism. He also meets his future bride, Bethany, herself an accomplished business owner. Toying with time, the play has the couple moving into this same home in an exclusive all-white neighborhood in the early 1950s. Race and class are further jumbled as the action shifts to the 1990s -- the house is now a chic restaurant where Eugene and Bethany, divorced years earlier, have their final transformative encounter.

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Play Details

Personal History follows an African-American couple as they navigate three moments in American life, stretched out over a century in the city of Chicago. The highly educated pharmacist Eugene enters the world of the play in 1903, outraged that he is overqualified and underemployed. At an elegant parlor party hosted by his white business associate, Eugene scandalizes the other guests by challenging their comfortable liberalism. He also meets his future bride, Bethany, herself an accomplished business owner. Toying with time, the play has the couple moving into this same home in an exclusive all-white neighborhood in the early 1950s. Race and class are further jumbled as the action shifts to the 1990s -- the house is now a chic restaurant where Eugene and Bethany, divorced years earlier, have their final transformative encounter.

  • Comedy/Drama
  • |
  • 90 - 120 minutes
  • 2 W, 4 M, 
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Unit set: the sitting room in a grand Chicago home

Production History

FEB 03, 2022 - FEB 03, 2022
Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, MN United States
Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN United States
FEB 26, 2021 - MAR 18, 2021
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR United States
University of Oregon Eugene, OR United States
FEB 27, 2004 - FEB 29, 2004
Serenity Players, Inc. Theater Co.
Washington, DC United States
Serenity Players, Inc. Theater Co. Washington, DC United States
FEB 01, 2002 - FEB 28, 2002
African Continuum Theatre Company at the Kennedy Center
Washington, DC United States
African Continuum Theatre Company at the Kennedy Center Washington, DC United States
No upcoming productions.
FEB 01, 2002 - FEB 28, 2002
African Continuum Theatre Company at the Kennedy Center
Washington, DC United States
African Continuum Theatre Company at the Kennedy Center Washington, DC United States

Awards (1)

Commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre's New Plays Lab