Summary / Description: The play opens with the refrain, “Don’t you hear me? Can’t you hear me? I want to be free!” Four women, all archetypes emerging from the author, seek to find themselves and reconnect with their purpose while struggling with issues of religion, sexual abuse, self-hatred, and fear. A cathartic, poetic journey that points to the redemption found in self-love and the restoration of faith.
Linetta Davis, Milwaukee native, poet and playwright, tells in her first choreopoem (a work that combines dance and poetry), the story of four women on a journey to find love, God and themselves.
“A Black Woman’s Burden: Her Journey from Pain to Freedom,” a collection of poems, recounts the struggles of four archetypes of modern day women; the Church Lady, the Broken Woman, the Blues Woman and the Activist.
The play offers the reader/listener the opportunity through storytelling to connect to and journey with these women while they grapple with issues of anger, fear, brokenness, identity and despair.
A story of redemption and renewal; a victorious statement loudly proclaimed in the face of life’s adversities, “A Black Woman’s Burden: Her Journey from Pain to Freedom” is sure to inspire, uplift and empower.
The book is self-published and available online at www.linettadavis.com or directly from the author.
For more information about “A Black Woman’s Burden: Her Journey from Pain to Freedom” or Linetta Davis, please visit the website www.linettadavis.com.
• Book signing: Saturday, May 22 at 3 p.m., Davis will sign copies of “A Black Woman’s Burden: Her Journey from Pain to Freedom” at Nola’s Nails, 4519 West Center St.
• Live Performance for the play: May 27 – June 6 (Thursday-Saturday performances will be held at 7 p.m, and Sunday performances at 3 p.m.). Performances will be held at Broadway Baby Dinner Theatre, 5132 West Mill Road
Linetta Davis is a poet, actress, and teacher living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and daughter.