The Darker Face of the Earth

Rita Dove's play, The Darker Face of the Earth

The U.S. edition of the play is out of print at this time. If you need a copy, please check your local library or interlibrary loan services. The complete text of the play can also be found in the magazine American Theatre, vol. 13, no. 9 (Nov. 1996), and in the anthology Retellings, edited by M. B. Clarke and A. G. Clarke (McGraw-Hill, 2004). There is an identical British edition available from Oberon Press in London; in the U.S., copies can be acquired through Rita Dove. We ask theatres needing production copies or teachers who would like to use multiple copies of the play in their classes to get in touch with Rita Dove's office at

Click Here for the extra material in the out-of-print 3rd U.S. edition (PDF file)

For a radio play version of THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH (mp3) – (prologue and act 1 and act 2). (All rights reserved.)

Click Here for the complete German translation of THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH. (PDF file, approximately 374 Kb.)