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Redwood and Wildfire by [Hairston, Andrea]
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One of many themes Hairston weaves into her tale of an Irish-Seminole man (Aidan Wildfire) and a young black hoodoo queen (Redwood Phipps) who flee backwoods Georgia for urban Chicago at the turn of the 19th century is the importance of itinerant theater in shaping America s evolving sense of itself.

From black-face minstrel shows to multi-ethnic horse operas like Buffalo Bill's Wild West, a unified cultural history was being forged, which this novel brings to life in vivid detail. Subsequent transitions from vaudeville to Broadway to movies locked iconic American performances into the group mind of audiences like a collective memory or dream. Using revelatory flashbacks and poetic asides, Hairston suggests such collective dreaming transforms people the same way herbal and psychological voodoo can. The fantasy elements featured in Hairston's narrative such as faith healing, telepathy, astral travel, and teleportation are implicitly compared to the Promethean wonders of the electrical pavilion at the 1893 Chicago World s Fair.

Music is rightly described as yet another magic power; a way of changing peoples' moods and even a person s destiny. Using their mutual genius for period blues and bluegrass, Aidan and Redwood follow their dreams of self-reinvention along the same hazardous Blues Highway survived by Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith then transcended by Florence Mills and Josephine Baker. By the time this adventure ushers its characters into the pre-Code film industry, all that matters any more is transcendence: a physical and psychological transcendence of all obstacles to creative or social freedom. --Village Voice, Feb 23, 2011

About the Author

Andrea Hairston is a Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies at Smith College, as well as the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. Her first novel, Mindscape, which was short-listed for the Philip K. Dick and James Tiptree Awards, was awarded the Carl Brandon Society's Parallax Award. Her plays have been produced at Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, Stage West, and on Public Radio and Television. She has received many awards for her writing and directing, including an NEA Grant to Playwrights, a Ford Foundation grant to collaborate with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop, and a Shubert Fellowship for Playwriting.

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  • File Size: 1278 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aqueduct Press (June 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00598ITQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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