By LINDSAY WELBERS
Hyde Parker Charlotte Sere recently published The Stakes: Three Plays of the Black Experience to Heal, to Train, to Entertain.
The first of the three plays, Sere said, centers on Victoria, an idealistic African American social worker [who is] the target of workplace racism, sexual harassment and political machinations.
The second play, Abionia, focuses on a woman overcoming mental illness and substance abuse dependence. Her recovery is challenged when she learns she is HIV positive and her boyfriend does not want to stop abusing substances. She finds hope through the help of health care workers and insights relating to her own African heritage.
The third play, GumBO, follows the struggles of a man in an addiction recovery center. He finds encouragement in African traditions relating to the groups holiday celebration. GumBO won the 2000 script-writing award given by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago.
The Stakes is available from iUniverse.com or at thestatesthreeplaysoftheblackexperience.com.