|Author:||Diane Baia Hale|
|Nearest Large City:||Chicago|
|Play Title:||The Fencing Lesson|
|Synopsis:||Chicago fencing coach Catherine Quellor was once on top of the world. America’s premier foil fencer, she was a veritable warrior woman, a fearless sword-fighter seemingly straight from the pages of myth and legend. But a brutal assault two weeks before the Olympic Games shattered her dreams of glory and devastated her in both body and soul. Now, twelve years later, few of her physical scars are visible to the athletes training at her fencing academy, but a long-smoldering rage at the un-avenged violence done to her needs only a spark to set it ablaze.|
Kelvin Carter, a black teenager from the tough streets of Chicago, also has much to be enraged about. With a mother lost in childbirth and a father killed in Afghanistan, Kelvin has become ensnared in the criminal world of his cousin Jacko after he helps to cover up Jacko’s attack on a young woman. When a judge’s creative sentencing sends Kelvin to Catherine’s fencing academy, her personal demons are resurrected and she seeks her vengeance at the point of a sword. Dealing with issues of race and gender, "The Fencing Lesson" explores the devastating effects of violence on young and old, black and white, male and female.
|Theme:||Despite differences in race and gender, common ground can be found|
|Last Name:||Baia Hale|