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In this chapter, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones examines Pamela Booker’s Seens from the Unexpectedness of Love. She considers the ways in which Booker uses the trope of love and experiments with dramatic form to resist oppressive forms. Though Jones ultimately argues that queerness rather than race is the central theme of the play, she contends that the play “sits squarely in a Black theater tradition.”

This chapter contains Tavia Nyong’o’s interview with Seens from the Unexpectedness of Love creator Pamela Booker. Booker discusses her engagement with theater as a form and her desire to interrogate the way in which love is staged. Finally, Nyong’o and Booker meditate on the political implications of the play’s representations of gender.

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