Essays

One of the forms Bernarda’s Daughters continues to take is the essay. With each piece of writing named for a character in the play, these essays reflect on themes of grief, neighboring, relation, police brutality, and more.

  • READ FLORENCE DELVA
    From crises of migration to police killings to, now, a worldwide pandemic, it is quite clear that in the reign of seemingly invisible forces painfully visible cruelty is the point. Bad imagination. How can we interrupt these living nightmares…
  • READ HARRIET
    Like a cousin of breaking, expansion is made up of a series of tiny breaks that simultaneously work together to uphold the whole. To stretch, two things must occur at the same time: breaking and opening…
  • READ ADELVA CALLED ADELA
    They were shouting his name, Saheed, marching down Nostrand Avenue. I could hear them from my third-floor apartment, on the corner of Lenox Road: Saheed, Saheed, Saheed…
  • READ LOUISE
    Sometimes in those quietly enraged moments when I learn of another unreasonable death in this city (NYC) or that city (Providence) or right outside your city (Ramallah) or anywhere in the world, I think of Arwa from your play declaring: “People die every day…”