A ONE-MONTH CELEBRATION OF THE WORKS OF NTOZAKE SHANGE, INCLUDING PANELS, READINGS AND A SHOWCASE PRODUCTION OF: IT HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY
The festival will also feature readings of a variety of Shange’s works, including her adaptation of Mother Courage, in which S. Epatha Merkerson will star on Feb. 11.
Other Shange works getting readings include Boogie Woogie Landscape, Ridin’ The Moon In Texas, A Photograph: Lovers in Motion, From Okra to Greens/A Different Kind of Love Story and Laila’s Dream.
A poetry panel discussion on March 4 will include Amiri Baraka, who wrote the 1964 play Dutchman, now being revived at the Cherry Lane. A directors panel on Feb. 11 will include Avery Brooks, star of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Musicians, choreographers and academics will participate in other panels.
Shange is perhaps best known as the writer of the Tony-nominated 1976 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf.
All of the events take place at the Abrons Arts Center at 466 Grand Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
All 2006-07 Season productions: