Subtitled "a light and dark skin comedy," CHIAROSCURO is set on a cruise ship peopled by black singles where "pretty" means light-skinned, and all the men are dark, and Papa Legba, the African trickster spirit, is disguised as a ship steward. "... there are only a very few dramatists who come immediately to mind when thinking about the major contemporary African American playwrights: Lorraine Hansberry, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Adrienne Kennedy, August Wilson, Ntozake Shange, and Aishah Rahman. Although she has not had the general name recognition of her contemporaries, Aishah Rahman has been widely celebrated for the craft, language, and vision of her plays. Her daring, innovative fusion of form and function has positioned her in the forefront of American women writing for the theater, and in the forefront of those playwrights who expand the limits, refuse the boundaries, and seek new territories in the formal and stylistic properties of drama as a genre and the theater as a medium." -Thadious M Davis, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, Vanderbilt University.