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Actress/writer April Yvette Thompson performs monologues from her riveting plays — Liberty City and Good Bread Alley — about the places where politics and history collide as seen in the personal stories of people of color. Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage and Thompson discuss many of the shared themes in their work, as well as their paths to becoming successful playwrights.
New York-based writer/actress April Yvette Thompson has been widely recognized as a multi-talented writer and performer. Liberty City, which Thompson co-wrote with Jessica Blank, was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, and earned Thompson Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Broadway.com Audience and AUDELCO nominations for Best Solo Performance. Thompson has appeared in many off-Broadway productions, including the New York premiere of The Exonerated and the world premiere of Tanya Barfield & Lynn Nottage’s The Antigone Project at The Women’s Project. A Classical Theatre of Harlem company member, Thompson has received AUDELCO nominations for her work in Medea (dir. Alfred Preisser) and Macbeth and has also appeared in productions of King Lear with Paul Butler and Jean Genet’s The Blacks (dir. Christopher McElroen).
Lynn Nottage is a playwright from Brooklyn. Her plays include Intimate Apparel; Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined (2009). Her work has been produced and developed at theaters both nationally and internationally, including The Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, among many others.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 MacArthur Genius Award, an OBIE Award for playwriting, NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Play and John Gassner Outer Critics Circle awards, American Theatre Critics/Steinberg 2004 New Play Award, 2004 Francesca Primus Award, and 2 AUDELCO awards. She was awarded a 2007 Lucille Lortel Foundation Fellowship, 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award and the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is currently a visiting lecturer. Lynn is also a recent graduate of New Dramatists.
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