Title Profile & Character Information

Some Sing, Some Cry

Annotation

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina's coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston. There, they carve out livesfor themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America's troubled, vibrant history - from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazingahead.



Characters
NameMayfield, Elizabeth
GenderFemale
OccupationSlave
TraitAfrican American

NameMayfield, Eudora
GenderFemale
TraitAfrican American

NameLizzie
GenderFemale
OccupationSinger
TraitsAfrican American
Single mother

GenreEpic
Fiction
Historical
TopicsPlantation life
History
Freed slaves
Civil rights movements
Tragedy
Emotions
Grief
Gang rape
Journeys
Life changes
Abandoned children
African American families
Emotional trauma
SettingSouth Carolina
New York