In A Shade or Two Darker, Lion finally works up the strength to confront his parents and stand up for what he deeply believes in as right.
LION: I won’t hold my tongue. Ever since I was a little boy I was treated differently and I never knew why, until I saw other young men like me, look like me and befriend me…why, I thought? WHY? Well, it was because of the color of my skin. That’s why! You were right to say that I don’t look like you or mother. I don’t and I don’t wish to. It isn’t my fault that I am different than the both of you. It is your fault because you made me! Rather than ridicule me and force me into a square box, why not support me and love me for who I am? Are you both not strong enough to do so? I’ve gone out into this world and there are things that I see, that are wrong, wrong, WRONG! And what hurts me most is that the both of you do nothing. You carry on with your everyday lives like everything is fine, when this world is on fire! Is that how you want to live? To hide? To remain silent?! To make it to your end unscathed? Well, I’ve got news for you both, I may be your son, but I am not going to live my life like the two of you have. I will never allow the injustices I’ve witnessed to be overlooked. Anymore! I am not going to keep in order, hold my tongue, or forget to defend what’s right! And if neither one of you can understand that about me, then I’m sorry, I disown you as my parents.
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A Shade or Two Darker is a one-act eplay about a family that confronts their own inner weaknesses with one another in the face of society. 1 Woman, 2 Men. Drama.