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Unformatted text preview: 2008-04-07 1. Ntozake Shange Poet, playwright, fiction writer -Also performer & Director Born Paulette Williams in 1948, in Trenton, New Jersey Intellectual family -Emphasis on arts, culture Family moved to St, Louis -Integrated schools (1954 Brown v. Board of Education) -Moved back to NJ as a teenager 1966-1970 -Earned BA (with honors) at Barnard College – American Studies -Depression, divorce, suicide attempts 1971: Changes her name -Ntozake: “She who has her own things” -Shange: “She who walks like a lion” MA from USC – American Studies (1973) 2. Development & Production History 1974: Beings as a series of poems Opened at The Bachannal (bar outside of Berkeley) Moved to NYC -1975 – Studio Rivbea -OZ Scott Takes over as director; cast members start accumulating; piece moves into “theatres” -1976 – Public Theatre 2nd play by an African American female writer on Broadway -2 year run -Tony nominated -Critically acclaimed but divisive -Still widely produced Broadway revival planned for this summer 3. Original Broadway Cast Members A. Trazana Beverly (Lady in Red) Tony award – Best featured actress in a play B. Laurie Carlos (Lady in Blue) Major jazz aesthetic figure today C. Rise Collins (Lady in Purple) D. Aku Kodogo (Lady in Yellow) E. Jane League (Lady in Brown) F. Paula Moss (Lady in Green) Early collaborator with Shange Choreography G. Ntozake Shange (Lady in Orange) 4. Choreopoem Shange’s term Characteristics -Written in poetic form -Ensemble -Elements: -Speech / Spoken word -Dance / Movement -Song Every piece of language lives in the body “I’m a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people’s lives.” Discussion -Relationship to Jazz Aesthetic -Use of Language -Relationship to Performance Art Naming – Symbolism of colors Themes? Argument? ...
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2010 for the course T D 301 taught by Professor Skeiker during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Fall '08