but i cd only whisper

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A play by Kristiana Colon

America. 1970. Black Vietnam veteran Beau Willie Brown is held in custody, accused of a heinous crime. A story comes to light that sticks in the throat, a story murmured between dark dreams.

‘beau come back from ‘nam with empty eyes and hands like stone
the war started long before he got on that plane’

but i cd only whisper wrestles with being vulnerable and black in white America. Fusing the physical and the poetic, a strange song emerges from the warble of police sirens, the percussion of machine guns, and the chants of voices only you can hear. but i cd only whisper is a new play by Chicago based poet, playwright and actor, Kristiana Colón (Cry Wolf at Teatro Luna and Promised Instruments on Northwestern University Press).