From the pen of the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama! The Crump family is adrift and in trouble. Recently widowed Godfrey is under the spell of Sweet Father Divine, while his teen daughters, Ernestine and Ermina, immerse themselves in the illusions of Hollywood to escape racial prejudice in 1950 s Brooklyn. But things change quickly when free-spirited Aunt Lily shows up: Godfrey remarries a white woman, Ermina discovers boys, and Ernestine is torn between communism and bebop!
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The Crump family is adrift and in trouble. Widowed Godfrey is under the spell of Sweet Father Divine, while his teen daughters, Ernestine and Ermina, immerse themselves in the illusions of Hollywood to escape racial prejudice. But things change quickly when free-spirited Aunt Lily shows up: Godfrey remarries a white woman, Ermina discovers boys, and Ernestine is torn between Communism and bebop! Playwright Lynn Nottage received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for her play Ruined.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Deidrie Henry as Ernestine Crump
Russell Hornsby as Godfrey Crump
Tinashe Kajese as Ermina Crump
Kate Steele as Gerte
Charlayne Woodard as Lily Ann Green
Directed by Seret Scott. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.About the Author:
Lynn Nottage's plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, for which she was awarded the Francesca Primus Prize and the American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award in 2004. Her plays have been produced at theatres throughout the country, with Intimate Apparel slated for more productions than any other play during the 20052006 season.
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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Book Description L.A. Theatre Works, 2010. Audio CD. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1580817335
Book Description L A Theatre Works, 2010. CMD. Book Condition: Brand New. 7.50x5.30x0.90 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk1580817335