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Oil and Water

by Robert Chafe
preface by Chris Brookes

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canadian, post-confederation (1867-)
list price: $9.99
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category: Drama
published: 2012

In 1942 the USS Truxton, a ship carrying over a hundred soldiers, ran aground off the Burin Peninsula, killing most of its men. Oil and Water is the incredible true story of the sole African-American sailor of the wreck, Lanier Phillips, the first black man to be seen by the residents of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland. There, Lanier is rescued and cared for by the locals, where he is treated as a human being, and not judged by the colour of his skin. A tale of two cultures, Oil and Water is hopeful and haunting, an honest legend that still resonates with power nearly seventy years later.

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Contributor notes

Robert Chafe was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, where he currently works as artistic associate and playwright for Artistic Fraud. He is the author of numerous plays, of which Butler's Marsh and Tempting Providence were shortlisted in 2004 for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Chafe is a guest instructor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and at the National Theatre School of Canada.  His newest play, Afterimage, won the Governor General Literary Award for Drama in 2010.

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"Script and storyline are touching and poignant." —The Telegram, St. John's

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