The following is my review, and if this play comes to your city, it is a must see for everyone.
On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the play “Damaged Virtues” opened in New York City at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. The Playwright, Calvin Alexander Ramsey, also a member of the National Writers Union-NY, received a standing ovation on the script and production of his play.
Damaged Virtues, a true story about a medical physician in the 1800’s who performed experimental gynecological surgeries on patients to further his career in the medical world at the expense and torture of women. Through his personal notes, in the doctor’s handwriting, Dr. Marion Sims, the physician, detailed the experimental surgeries. There was a moment of silence in the audience as the onstage talent reenacted the emotional damage the slave women endured in those never to be forgotten days of pain.
The play was historically factual of Dr. Sims’ actions, and the spectacular cast lived up to the audience expectations of theatre in New York.
As for the playwright Calvin Ramsey, the audience was overwhelmed and would have loved for the play to continue. Looking for a happy ending was fruitless for those times, but today there is no Dr. Sims in America, and the audience wishes to have that statue of Dr. Sims that stands at the park on 5th Avenue, torn down, removed, and destroyed.
Everyone is looking for the play, Damaged Virtues, to return to New York City.
Let’s give Calvin Alexander Ramsey, another round of applause and hope for an encore of Damaged Virtues.
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Sign the petition to have Dr. Marion Sims statue removed from New York City and destroyed.