Sunday Dinner is a one-act play written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings.
It is a comedy written in 1993. It is set in the Morgan family home.
An elegant old house which stands in what once was a beautiful,
upper-class Black neighbourhood. Inside, the Morgan home has all its
original furnishings, meticulously and loveingly cared for. The living
room where most of the story takes place is a picture of life in
another age. A settee, an overstuffed chair, doilies, an antique table
with framed family pictures on it, ornate lamps, family portraits on
the walls. The room is cluttered, somewhat somber and in need of
Charl (Charlene) Morgan, Nat (Natrelle) Morgan and Ray (Rayette) James
are three African- American sisters who live extremely different
lives. Nat, the eldest, is a teacher who lives for the church and
preserves the family home as a monument to their decreased mother.
Ray, the middle one, is a home maker. She has two toddlers at home,
Ronnie and Paul, and is pregnant again, with an unemployed husband.
Charl, the youngest, is an up and coming TV reporter, living in the
fast lane. She is always out late at night coming in at all hours of
the morning and is mad about aerobics. After a long period of
estrangement, the three come together for Sunday Dinner in their
childhood home. Nat prays, Charl does aerobics, and Ray shows off
pictures of her children, as each test the possibility of
Caleen Sinnette Jennings is a student of William Shakespeare, August
Wilson, Sam Shepard and Lorraine Hansberry. In the early 1970s who,
after years of speech and drama and S...
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...ass neighbourhood and the Johnstones in Blood Brothers
are also upper-class. The main characters in both plays (Ray, Nat,
Charl, Eddie, Mickey) are people that we can relate to, we feel pathos
with them as they face the trials and tribulations of life. Russell
uses pathos to involve the readers so they feel pity when Mickey loses
his job, fear at the end of the play when the shooting scene takes
place, and experience childhood joy when Eddie and Mickey share jokes.
Humour, in its various forms, plays a large part in bothn Blood
Brothers and Sunday Dinner. It keeps the readers interested and
balances out the conflict and sadness in the play. Also both plays are
composed of fairly simple storylines. There is nothing too difficult
to understand which helps the audience to stay focused and feel more
involved with the play.
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