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China Clark

CHINA CLARK  (1952 - )

Nationality:    African American/Irish
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aka China Clark Pendarvis. China Clark (Debra): Playwright, Director, Filmmaker, Installation artist, Philosophy Professor, and Screenwriter, began her career as a television staff writer for the Bill Cosby Show, OCos.o Recognized as being one of the leading black authors in Theatre today, China Clark has written over 30 plays, many produced in New York, San Francisco, Germany, and england: including Sugar Brown-Divine and May, which was produced at the Friends of Italian Opera Theater in Berlin, Germany, Bessie Smith Speaks, produced by Woody King Jr. and the New Federal Theater in New York, and the HeArts and Souls Bar, produced at Theater Zum Westlichen Stadthirschen in Berlin, Germany. a collection of her work is published as a Black Woman in Contemporary Drama, and she is featured in Black Voices, edited by Woody King Jr., and published by applause Drama Books of New York. essence Magazine and other publications have published her poetry. a poetry album of her work is produced by Folkways Records. China is a former professor of screenwriting at City University, Parson's the New School of Social Research, and she was a guest lecturer on film at Potsdam University in Berlin, Germany. Ms. Clark has instructed at her own school for screenwriters, Home, where she has taught script writing to Oscar-winners Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, Geena Davis, Charlie Kaufman, Ben Stiller, a Roberto Benigni, and thousands of Hollywood's finest writers. China has won many, many, critical accolades and awards as both a writer and a director: Hannah B. Del Vecchio award (Scriptwriting), Creative artist award from New York Arts Council (Playwriting, In Sorrow's Room), the Goldberg award (Life's Work), the Martin award, (installation art), and the Puffin award, Playwriting. China holds two Master's degrees, one in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Philosophy, and one in English Literature with a concentration in the Teaching of Writing. She is currently a PhD candidate, teaches philosophy at the College of New Rochelle in New York, and is the Dramaturgy at Woody King's New Federal Theater in New York.

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below is a list of China Clark's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Bessie Smith Speaks         Black And Blue Visions         Chinese Screen, The         HeArts And Souls Bar, The         In Sorrow's Room         Madwoman's Room, The         Neffie         Perfection In Black         Sabian, The         Sugar Brown - Divine & May         Why God Hates Rev Chandler         Willow Lottery, The



Bessie Smith Speaks

Synopsis:
a one-woman show about the famous black blues singer Bessie Smith: her life, her music, and her struggle to be realized as a black woman in the racially oppressive American south. Family loyalty, love, bi-sexuality, the brutality of the music business for a black in the 1920Ős, and overcoming are some of the major issues. Bessie tackles these issues with the background of her genius blues.

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1st Produced:
Henry Street Settlement
465 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002    1994

Organisations:
Woody King's New Federal Theater

1st Published:
Black Voices/Applause Books/New York City, 1996   -

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Drama/music

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Black And Blue Visions

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about three men who meet in a bar during a snowstorm in NYC

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Chinese Screen, The

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One act

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HeArts And Souls Bar, The

Synopsis:
Three men meet in a bar during a snowstorm in New York. One Irish, One englishmen, and One African-American form an emotional bond, as they wait for the snow to subside. It is soon revealed that they are all waiting to contact their special women (the loves of their lives). Turns out, they are all waiting for the same woman.

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Theater zum westilichen Stadthirschen, Berlin, Germany    2000

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Black and Blue Visions

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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In Sorrow's Room

Synopsis:
Deals with the independence of a young beautiful black woman. Sorrow has left her domineering mother to find herself. She is pursued constantly by men who seem interested only in her body and not her art or ideas

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1st Produced:
African Total Theatre, NYC    1975

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era Pub Co, NY, 1976   -

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Domestic Drama Play/Drama

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Madwoman's Room, The

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Neffie

Synopsis:
a tale of undying love. Music-dance-fantasy

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reading Frank Silvera Writer's Workshop, Ny, 1975

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Urban Arts Theatre, NYC    -

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era Pub Co, NY, 1976   -

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Genre:
Mythic Fantasy

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Perfection In Black

Synopsis:
concerns black woman's conflicts with black man/white woman

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Scrippte vol 1 no 7 May 1972,    -

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Sabian, The

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Sugar Brown - Divine & May

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Sugar and May meet in a metaphorical Prison. Sugar is educated, beautiful, cultured, and wise; May, on the other hand, is street-wise, uncultured, and insecure about her looks. Nevertheless, the women find that they have a similar America experience.

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1st Produced:
Berlin, Germany    1997

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Friends of the Italian Opera

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Genre:
Drama/poetry

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Why God Hates Rev Chandler

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Willow Lottery, The

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