Pretty Fire -- starring Charlayne Woodard (Audio Theatre Series)

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In five autobiographical vignettes, Charlayne Woodard tells of her premature birth; of growing up with her sister in Albany, New York; of Ku Klux Klan riders burning a cross in her grandparents' town in Georgia; and other tales of her African-American family's survival through three generations of love, struggle, and triumph. This humorous and touching one-woman tour de force won NAACP Theatre Awards for Best Play and Best Playwright.

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In five autobiographical vignettes, Charlayne Woodard tells the moving tale of her African-American family through three generations of love, struggle, and triumph. This NAACP award-winning play is a one-woman tour de force. Chosen as a "Recommended Young Adult Audiobook" by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Pretty Fire is the first play of a trilogy that continued with Neat and ended with In Real Life.

An L.A. Theatre Works performance featuring Charlayne Woodard.

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I was born in Washington, D.C., on New Year's Eve, 1952. A younger sister followed about twenty-two months later. I had a happy, normal childhood in every way. Although shy and quiet in my early years, I began to get a little rebellious in my teens -- but nothing far out of the ordinary.

"The only thing unusual about my life was that I was born with a hearing loss, inherited from my father's side of the family. From childhood through my twenties, it was a moderate loss, and I was able to attend public schools (where I took lip-reading lessons) and go on to college with few problems. In my mid-twenties the loss worsened and, by graduate school I needed a hearing aid. When I was in my thirties my hearing really deteriorated, and I took a job at Gallaudet University and began to learn sign language. I've never let it hold me back from doing the things I wanted to do. I just adapt and go on.

"I'm not sure when I first thought about being a writer. I've always had 'a way with words' and took a few stabs at writing a novel when I was in my twenties, but I never finished -- perhaps because I did not have enough life experience to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion at the time. I put it off and pursued other things -- a brief marriage, my career, traveling around the world, photography -- but the desire to write was always in the background, and although my career as an editor was progressing fairly well, I realized it wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So I took another stab at writing.

"This second attempt resulted in Sisters and Lovers, which sold 105,000 hardcover and 325,000 paperback copies, and is being made into a television miniseries. Sisters and Lovers appeared on the bestseller lists of the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly."

I was born in Washington, D.C., on New Year's Eve, 1952. A younger sister followed about twenty-two months later. I had a happy, normal childhood in every way. Although shy and quiet in my early years, I began to get a little rebellious in my teens -- but nothing far out of the ordinary.

"The only thing unusual about my life was that I was born with a hearing loss, inherited from my father's side of the family. From childhood through my twenties, it was a moderate loss, and I was able to attend public schools (where I took lip-reading lessons) and go on to college with few problems. In my mid-twenties the loss worsened and, by graduate school I needed a hearing aid. When I was in my thirties my hearing really deteriorated, and I took a job at Gallaudet University and began to learn sign language. I've never let it hold me back from doing the things I wanted to do. I just adapt and go on.

"I'm not sure when I first thought about being a writer. I've always had 'a way with words' and took a few stabs at writing a novel when I was in my twenties, but I never finished -- perhaps because I did not have enough life experience to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion at the time. I put it off and pursued other things -- a brief marriage, my career, traveling around the world, photography -- but the desire to write was always in the background, and although my career as an editor was progressing fairly well, I realized it wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So I took another stab at writing.

"This second attempt resulted in Sisters and Lovers, which sold 105,000 hardcover and 325,000 paperback copies, and is being made into a television miniseries. Sisters and Lovers appeared on the bestseller lists of the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly."

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