Harlem Duet


Djanet Sears

Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Drama

Winner of the Chalmers Play Award

About the Book

A rhapsodic blues tragedy, Harlem Duet could be the prelude to Shakespeare’s Othello and recounts the tale of Othello and his first wife Billie (yes, before Desdemona). Set in contemporary Harlem at the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X boulevards, the play explores the space where race and sex intersect. Harlem Duet is Billie’s story.

“…filled with intelligence and compassion, humour and anger, outrage and understanding.”
-Toronto Star

Harlem Duet is now also available as an ebook at these online retailers:

Apple Books



About the Author

Djanet Sears is a Toronto playwright, director, and actor. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Afrika Solo, which has toured extensively and was broadcast on CBC Radio’s Morningside. Harlem Duet, originally workshopped at New York City’s Joseph Papp Public Theatre, was produced by Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre and premiered at the Tarragon Theatre in April, 1997.

120pp 5.5 x 8.5 in
3F/2M, 2 musicians