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Alva Rogers’ script for a short puppet film is a magical realist treatment of a mother’s efforts to help her young daughter, an unnamed African American girl, fall asleep in their New York apartment. The mother explains straightforwardly how she will make muffins for the girl’s breakfast, but the film then shifts into a surreal territory where the girl travels on a moonbeam to the sun, and then appears in a rowboat in a vast ocean, where she wants to plant a flower—all while the mother is baking in the kitchen. The sea explains that the girl’s flower will not grow there, but the girl’s journey turns into a flowery path leading to the front of her apartment building, where her flower can be planted; then she can fall asleep.
puppetry, performing objects, African American culture
African American Studies | Africana Studies | Arts and Humanities | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies
Rogers, Alva, "Egg Whites: A Short Puppet Film Script" (2019). Living Objects: African American Puppetry Essays. 4.