Don’t Play Us
Playbill for Don’t Play Us Cheap!, 1972
Melvin Van Peebles (Playwright)
12 May – 30 September, 1972
Trinity and Brother Dave are a pair of devil-bats looking for a party to break up. They come across a party in Harlem. Although Trinity is eager, Dave warns him not to touch it: “When black folks throw a party, they don't play!” Trinity joins the party anyway, already in progress. Dave persuades Trinity to try to break up the party before midnight, when they will both be turned into the thing that they pretend to be: human beings. Was later adapted into a staged film (1973).