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The First Breeze of Summer


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  • Genre: Drama
  • Casting: BIPOC
  • Breakdown: 1M+1W
  • Publisher: Link


This striking story of a middle class Black family in a small Northeastern city is told on two levels: events that transpire on one hot June weekend and flashbacks to the memories of the visiting grandmother as a young woman. She recalls the three men, two black and one white, who are the fathers of her three children. A resourceful woman, she feels some regrets, no shame and feels she has had a useful life. Lou, an oversensitive boy who is about to graduate from high school, worships the grandmother. The resolution of his problems and his acceptance of his sexuality and blackness form the backbone of the play.

Character Breakdown

Gremmar (Milton and Edna's mother, 70s)
Nate Edwards (M, early-mid 20s)
Lou Edwards (Nate's brother, late teens)
Aunt Edna (F, mid 50s)
Milton Edwards (Edna's brother, Father of Lou and Nate, mid-50s)
Hattie (Milton's wife, early-mid 50s)
Lucretia (F, the young Gremmar, late teens)
Sam Green (M, mid-late 20s)
Briton Woodward (M, white, late teens-early 20s)
Reverend Mosely (M, early 60s)
Hope (Nate's girlfriend, early 20s)
Joe Drake (M, White, mid 40s)
Gloria Townes (F, late 30s)
Harper Edwards (M, mid 30s)

*All Characters are African-American unless otherwise stated

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