It has been a moment since you all have heard from me here on the blog. Many of you already keep tabs on what I’m doing by following my Facebook page. THANK YOU!
2016 has been galloping away so far. I can’t believe we are already mid-February! Here’s some updates and some cool things!
I’m writing my new play, TOKEN with the development support of the fabulous Just Theater Play Lab in Berkeley, CA. This new play is about Hannah, a black woman adoptee haunted by the ghost of a little girl who was killed by her adoptive parents in WA state, Rebecca. (Hana Williams.) Hannah is pregnant and the decision to keep the baby inside her, abort it, or relinquish it – and who any of these decisions benefit – become part of the central struggle of this play. TOKEN will have a reading at Flight Deck in downtown Oakland in late April 2016. If you are local, please come to check it out.
I’m collaborating with my dear friend and colleague the fabulous writer Susan Ito on another play, UNTOLD that comes to you all as a commission from the reproductive justice organization Sea Change Project. There will be a staged reading of this work in late October at BRAVA Theater Center for the Arts in SF.
I’m still directing and dramaturging with several folks. I’m working with solo performers and consult for multiple artistic projects. I am thrilled to be Directing Young Jean Lee’s play THE SHIPMENT for Crowded Fire Theater Company in September. I’ll also be directing Tearrance Chisholm’s new play BR’ER COTTON for Playwright’s Foundation in SF.
Thats enough! sheesh! Here’s a couple of good things for you to listen to in your headphones or while you are in traffic:
Lisa Marie in conversation with Dr. Julia Chinyere Oparah, one of the co-editors of “Birthing Justice: Black Women, Childbirth and … ” released this month on Routledge Press.
Lisa Marie in conversation with educator and poet Suzy Huerta, facilitated by poet Joseph Rios for an issue of BOZALTA Journal titled, #BozaltaForBlackLives