A view of sunset from Oke Imesi, Ekiti State, Nigeria.
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A performance to benefit Cave Canem featuring Tracie Morris, Lili Taylor, John Douglas Thompson and other luminaries performing from plays by Cornelius Eady, Jessica Hagedorn, May Joseph and Claudia Rankine.
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TRACIE MORRIS is an interdisciplinary poet who has worked extensively as a sound artist, writer, actor, academic and multimedia performer. She is the author of the poetry collection Chap-T-her Won and five forthcoming
projects: two books of creative writing, a collection of critical writing, and two recording projects—sharpmorris (with Elliott Sharp) and Introducing the Tracie Morris Band. She is Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. Dr. Morris will perform selections from Claudia Rankine and Casey Lewellyn’s Existing Conditions.
LILI TAYLOR has appeared in dozens of films since 1988, including Dogfight, Mystic Pizza and Rudy. She is well known for playing the lead role of Valerie Solanas in the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol and for her portrayal of Lisa Kimmel Fisher in the Emmy- and Golden Globe- winning HBO drama Six Feet Under. Ms. Taylor received the 2005 Best Actress award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival for her role in Factotum.
JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON has been called “one of the most compelling classical stage actors of his generation,”winning Obie and Lucille Lortel awards for his portrayal of Othello with Theater for a New Audience. He has performed in such modern classics as Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway and Hedda Gabler at the New York Workshop Theater; and he played the lead role in Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones at the Irish Repertory Theater. Mr. Thompson will peform selections from Cornelius Eady’s Brutal Imagination.
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CORNELIUS EADY is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Hardheaded Weather (Penguin, 2008). His Victims of the Latest Dance Craze received the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Running Man, a jazz opera with a score by Diedre Murray and libretto by Eady, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama; and a production of Brutal Imagination won the 2002 Oppenheimer award for the
best first play by an American playwright. With Toi Derricotte, he is co-founder of Cave Canem. He is Professor of English and the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
JESSICA HAGEDORN’s novels include Dream Jungle; The Gangster Of Love, nominated for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize; Dogeaters, nominated for a National Book Award; and Toxicology, forthcoming from Viking Penguin in 2011. Recent work in theatre includes the musical play
Most Wanted, a collaboration with composer Mark Bennett and director Michael Greif; Fe in The Desert and Stairway to Heaven; and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, which was presented at the NYSF/Public Theater, in Manila and elsewhere. Ms. Hagedorn is the Parsons Family University
Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.
MAY JOSEPH is a puppeteer, theater director and the founder of Harmattan Theater in New York City. The author of Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship (1999), she currently is completing a play, Fled, and a book on urban citizenship, Metro Lives: Performing the City. She
is Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute.
CASEY LLEWELLYN is a theater artist whose work interrogates identity and form. Excerpts of her play The Quiet Way have been presented as part of the Little Theatre series and Puppet BloK at Dixon Place. She has performed in and written for David Neumann’s work at Barnard College and was seen last year at The Tank in All you need is one good idea, son, choreographed by Yve Laris Cohen.
CLAUDIA RANKINE has published four collections of poetry, most recently Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. Her plays include the revelatory Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, called an “elegant meditation on a pocket of the city you might never think of exploring with guidebook in hand” by The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood; and Existing Conditions
(with Casey Llewellyn), a full-length work exploring race, gender and nation building. A recipient of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lannan Foundation and elsewhere, she is the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.