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About the Playwright
About the Playwright
Playwright Pearl Michelle Cleage was born on December 7, 1948 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Cleage is the youngest daughter of Doris Graham and Albert B. Cleage Jr., the founder of the Shrine of the Black Madonna. After graduating from the Detroit public schools in 1966, Cleage enrolled at Howard University, where she studied playwriting. In 1969, she moved to Atlanta and enrolled at Spelman College, married Michael Lomax and became a mother. She graduated from Spelman College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in drama.
Cleage has become accomplished in all aspects of her career. As a writer, she has written three novels: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (Avon Books, 1997), which was an Oprah’s Book club selection, a New York Times bestseller, and a BCALA Literary Award Winner, I Wish I Had a Red Dress (Morrow/Avon, 2001), and Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do, which was published in 2003. As an essayist, many of her essays and articles have appeared in magazines such as Essence, Ms., Vibe, Rap Pages, and many other publications. Examples of these essays include Mad at Miles and Good Brother Blues. Cleage has written over a dozen plays, some of which include Flyin’ West, Bourbon at the Border, and Blues for an Alabama Sky, which returned to Atlanta as part of the 1996 Cultural Olympiad in conjunction with the 1996 Olympic Games. In addition to her writing she has been an activist all her life. Starting at her father’s church, The Shrine of the Black Madonna – Cleage has been involved in the Pan-Africanist Movement, Civil Rights Movement and Feminist Movement. She has also been a pioneer in grassroots and community theater.
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The Public’s Helen Wayne Rauh
621 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
$35 General admission
$30 Seniors 65 and over and Students 18+
$20 Students Age (K-12) (Group rates available for 10 or more)
MAY 31st - JUNE 16th
Saturday at 7:30 PM Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Directed by Eileen J. Morris
Set in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1964, this 2013 play unfolds among the city's African American elite at a time when their traditions are in sharp contrast with the civil rights movement, shortly before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march on nearby Selma. Cleage addresses issues of racism, sexism, class and entitlement in a farce that's somewhere between a television sit-com and a screwball comedy of the 1930s or '40s.
THE NACIREMA SOCIETY
May 31 – June 16, 2024
Written by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Eileen Morris
SPECIAL ANNUAL EVENT
May 4, 2024
Special Music Guest TBA