Dominique Morisseau’s most radical play yet follows two Black women living more than a century apart as they struggle to free themselves from parallel systems of oppression.
Confederates tells the story of two women in what at first appear to be radically different circumstances. Sara is an enslaved rebel ferrying information from her master’s house to nearby Union soldiers. Sandra is a political science professor enduring misogynoir at a predominantly white university. As the play progresses, the line between the past and the present blurs, leading the audience to question how far we have come since 1865—and how far we still have to go.
“With Confederates, Morisseau leaves the confines of realism that she has negotiated so well to this point in her career and offers a challenging new paradigm, here as a way to examine the familiar and evolving trials of Black women and their successes in America.” —Exeunt NYC
“Beautiful language that’s wedded to tales of adversity — the play is full of such paradoxes, another one being that Confederates is a work about racism that is truly funny.” —New York Times
“Morisseau’s voice gets fiercer and richer the farther she gets from naturalism.” —Vulture“Because Morisseau is best known as the accomplished author of straightforward social dramas like Pipeline and Skeleton Crew, the audacious shifts of timeframe and tone in Confederates come as a bit of a surprise. She pulls it off with power and finesse.” —Time Out New York