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"Visions" The Tapestry/Circles (1976)

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This play by Alexis Deveaux concerns the innner struggles of an idealistic law student named Jet, who learns about the ways of the world. Jet flees her traditional upbringing in Savannah to pursue a law degree, hoping to make positive changes in the world. However, as the pressures of school and work overwhelm her, Jet begins to be haunted by visions of the church congregation she grew up with. Jet has visions of the congregation hovering in her bathroom, eager to pray over her and baptize her, but Jet tries to ignore these visions. While she is studying for exams, her boyfriend, Axis, and her best friend, Lavender, visit. Axis feels neglected because Jet places her studies before all other aspects of her life, including her relationship with him, and both Axis and Lavender are concerned about Jets mental health since she pushes herself so hard. Jet explains that she feels the need to work hard in order to right some of the terrible injustices in America. Her friends understand her feelings, but they also think that she is being naive. Cracks begin to form in Jets relationship with Axis since they disagree over gender roles and philosophies about life. Lavender also embraces the traditional roles of women, and urges Jet to give up her ambitions. Even in sleep Jet gets no peace since the church congregation also appears in her dreams. In addition, Jet's mind is filled with questions about the world and with information she has learned about the law, and she starts to lose her sanity. She slips further into her own private world, and her relationships with both Axis and Lavender fall apart. Jet is forced to look deep within herself and call on her inner resources in order to face the challenges ahead of her. (Paley Center for Media)
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