A Richmond play


Recently I’ve been corresponding with Faulker Fox, an acclaimed writer and faculty member at Duke University with deep roots in central Virginia. One of Faulkner’s most recent works is a play titled “Horse: A Richmond Story,” which grapples with contemporary debates regarding the city’s commemorative landscape including Monument Avenue as well as the installation of Kehinde Wiley’s “Rumors of War” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I have had the chance to read selections from it. It is a stimulating, provocative work that can help forward the conversation. She recognizes that the commemorative landscape includes the city’s cemeteries, and one scene is set in Riverview Cemetery. Faulkner’s efforts to launch the play’s production were necessarily put on hold with the current pandemic, making me think not only of this paused opportunity but also the many other theatrical professionals who are sidelined at the moment. I can’t wait to see the full play performed, for many more reasons than I initially expected.