LeAnne Howe to be featured
WHO: The Straz Center
WHAT: BIPOC Play-Reading Series
WHERE: Straz Center’s TECO Theater
WHEN: Sunday, May 28 at 2:30 p.m.
DETAILS: The Straz Center’s BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People-of-Color) Play-Reading Series is an integral part of the Straz Center’s efforts to be more inclusive and to diversify artistic offerings.
For the second year, this four-part series offers the dramatic experience of hearing excerpts from plays written by talented local and national writers. A question-and-answer period follows, during which writers provide insight into their creative processes.
The last playwright to be featured will be Native American playwright LeAnne Howe, on May 28. Howe, an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation, writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, creative non-fiction, plays, and scholarship that primarily deal with American Indian experiences. In 2012, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, and she also received the 2012 USA Ford Fellowship in the Literature category. In addition to being a playwright, Howe is an Edison Distinguished professor in American Literature at the University of Georgia. Excerpts from her play, Savage Conversations, will be presented.
Other playwrights spotlighted in the BIPOC Play Reading Series’ second season included Gretchen Suárez-Peña, Ifa Bayeza and Yuki Jackson.
The final BIPOC Play-Reading series play reading will be held on Sunday, May 28. All play readings are FREE and held at 2:30 p.m. in the TECO Theater. Reservations are required by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or visiting the website at www.strazcenter.org/Events/Straz/Shows/Voices-of-the-Community/BIPOC-Playreading-Series and clicking on the show date.
For more information about the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, visit www.strazcenter.org.