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The Gift

Mildred Inez Lewis
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Set in the 1850s, New Jersey transplant Bobby Hawkins marries Susannah, the daughter of a leading South Carolina family. They battle infertility, the challenges of plantation life, and a devastating flood. To keep the plantation afloat, Bobby begins impregnating slave women for sale. Their finances gradually get back on track. But after their son is born, Susannah is unable to breastfeed the sickly infant. When her husband “gifts” her a wet nurse, they descend into violence, jealousy, and rage.

Production Info

Cast: 2 total (1 female, 1 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Single Set
Period Costumes
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About the Author


  • Mildred Inez Lewis

    Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theatre, film and the digital space. 2020 virtual productions include HOW'S THE STORE? for Company of Angels, SUBMERGED for Actors Circle Ensemble and Goodly Frame, published by Extinction Rebellion. CowGirls was published by Breathe Fire literary magazine. PIECE WORK for the Roots and Wings Project, Women at Work series. In 2018, she wrote a new play SONS OF FOX, DAUGHTERS OF CNN for the PLAY LA Humanitas Prize.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/29/2021
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881459012

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The Gift is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC