Funnyhouse of a Negro Summary & Study Guide

Adrienne Kennedy
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Funnyhouse of a Negro opens in front of a closed curtain; a wild-haired woman, the Mother, walks across the stage carrying a bald head in front of her. She mumbles to herself, appearing to be in a trance.

After she exits, the curtain opens to reveal the Queen's chamber, with a tomb-like bed at center. In the chamber are two of Sarah's inner selves: the Duchess of Hapsburg and Queen Victoria.

The women look identical and wear royal gowns and ghostly masks. When knocking is heard, the Queen announces that it must be her father looking for her. The Duchess notes that their father is a black man and she wishes he was dead.

They both complain about him; the Duchess accuses him of killing their mother. Victoria claims that he is dead before the loud knocking ends and the lights go out in the chamber.

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