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Portrait of Toni Morrison by © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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The Toni Morrison Conversations — Artists Reflect on Toni Morrison’s Gifts to Life, Art and Culture

The final event in a series spanning the 2019-20 academic year featuring artists engaging with themes, questions and possibilities relevant to the work and legacy of writer Toni Morrison. In this third and final event, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and Executive Producer of the Apollo Theater Kamilah Forbes are in conversation with Lewis Center Chair Tracy K. Smith.

Presented in collaboration with the The Toni Morrison Lectures sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and Princeton University Press. The Toni Morrison Lectures are held annually and spotlight the new and exciting work of scholars and writers who have risen to positions of prominence both in academe and in the broader world of letters. These related lectures will be presented on April 27 and 29, 2020.

Free and open to the public, no tickets are required.

 

Learn more about Toni Morrison’s life and legacy

ABOUT

LYNN NOTTAGE is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and a screenwriter. She is the first female playwright to win the Pulitzer for Drama twice. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. They include SweatBy The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lily Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award and Audelco), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulationor The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por’knockers and POOF!. She is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera (commissioned by The Met/LCT).

She is the co-founder of the production company, Market Road Films, whose most recent projects include The Notorious Mr. Bout directed by Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin (Premiere/Sundance 2014), First to Fall directed by Rachel Beth Anderson (Premiere/IDFA, 2013) and Remote Control (Premiere/Busan 2013- New Currents Award). Over the years, she has developed original projects for HBO, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Showtime, This is That and Harpo. She recently finished working on Spike Lee’s new Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.

Nottage is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn prize for Sweat, Steinberg “Mimi” Distinguished Playwright Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize, Lilly Award, Helen Hayes Award, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. Her other honors include the Doris Duke Artist Award, the Laura Pels Master American Dramatist Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the National Black Theatre Fest’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, a Guggenheim Grant, PEN/Laura Pels Award, Lucille Lortel Fellowship and Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton University. She was most recently named to Variety’s 2017 Women’s Impact Report. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she has been a faculty member since 2001. She is also teaching graduate playwriting at Columbia School of the Arts.

Nottage is a board member for Theatre Communications Group, BRIC Arts Media Bklyn, Donor Direct Action, Second Stage, The New Black Fest, and the Dramatists Guild.  She recently completed a three-year term as an Artist Trustee on the Board of the Sundance Institute.

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Presented By

  • Princeton University Press
  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Department of African American Studies