Stay Black & Die is a story that reveals the real deal about growing up as a little black girl in the North End of Winnipeg in the 1950's and 60's. Growing up is difficult and confusing for the sweet and observant Penny as she struggles to find the strength to survive the cruelty of her family and the outside world. A story set in Canada, yet it echoes the experience of racialized minorities throughout the world. Funny, moving, unsettling and beautiful.
"This play ( Stay Black And Die ) shows the strength that come through adversity and the beauty of the human spirit."
- Nick Carroll, The Messenger, Adelaide, Australia
"She is a gifted storyteller who isn't afraid to address difficult circumstances, but whose care and compassion for the people she represents is abundantly clear. She is one of those rare and revered storytellers who compel you instantly to listen up and pay respect."
- David Chariandy, Governor General's Literary Awards Finalist for Soucouyant
"Drawing on her childhood memories and stamping her idiom with black speech patterns, Sumter-Freitag succeeds in weaving a riveting, multi-voiced, and multi-generational family portrait, one that mirrors the collective lived experiences of racialized Black minorities both in the US and in Canada."
- Atef Laouyene, Associate Professor, California State University, Los Angeles
"Stay Black & Die gives voice to Silent Lives. Addena Sumter-Freitag exposes the pain of racism in a powerfully personal way"
- Terry McCluskey, Up Here Magazine