Homecoming (The Kentucky Cycle)

Knife (Kn) / Dramatic / Male/Male / Unarmed (UA) / February 8, 2018

Robert Schenkkan

Dramatists Play Service

Patrick and Michael

THE STORY: 1792. Michael Rowen returns home from Louisville with news that Kentucky has become a state and with a young black slave woman he has bought with the idea of breeding a second family. Morning Star fears his treachery, remembering when he took their infant daughter and buried her alive because he didn’t want a girl. Morning Star warns Patrick, now a young man who wants to marry Rebecca Talbert, the daughter of their neighbor Joe Talbert, that Michael will never give him the family land. Enraged, Patrick murders Michael just before the Talberts arrive. Joe Talbert, in love with Morning Star, refuses to overlook the crime. Patrick then kills him, banishes his mother from the homestead, and marries the dead man’s daughter. (see KENTUCKY CYCLE)