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Lynn Nottage

LYNN NOTTAGE

  (1964 - )

Nationality:    African American
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Literary Agent:    Creative Artists Agency NY  

Lynn Nottage is a playwright from Brooklyn. Her plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Mud, River, Stone, Por 'Knockers, Poof! (Heideman Award), and Las Meninas, which premiered at San Jose Repertory in 2002. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and regionally by the Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Alliance Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, Crossroads Theatre, Freedom Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, South Coast Repertory, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Yale Repertory, the Vineyard Theatre and many others. Ms. Nottage has received playwriting fellowships from Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is also the recipient of a Playwrights Horizons Amblin/Dreamworks Commission, AT&T Onstage award and a NEA/TCG (1999-2000) grANT for a year-long residency at Freedom Theatre. She is a member of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama.

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        Antigone Project, The         Banana Beer Bath         Becoming American         By the Way, Meet Vera Stark         Children's Monologues, The         Crumbs From the Table Of Joy         Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine         Give Again?         Intimate Apparel         Las Meninas         Mud, River, Stone         Odds, The         Point of Revue         Poof!         Por'Knockers         Ruined         Snapshot



Antigone Project, The

Synopsis:
By Tanya Barfield, Karen Hartman, Chiori Miyagawa, Lynn Nottage and Caridad Svich

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1st Produced:
Women's Project Theater, NY    2004

Company:
Women's Project

1st Published:
No Passport Press, CA (2009)   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Banana Beer Bath

Synopsis:
the three beautiful Elem sisters take refuge in  and I do mean in  their father's back yard brew as the singing, marching rebels approach. the horror of what ensues ferments potently beneath the surreal and darkly comic tale.
- http://www.theatreview.org.nz

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part of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant And A Prayer. Co-edited by Award-winning the Vagina Monologues Author Eve Ensler, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant And A Prayer is A collection of personal And powerful monologues by world-renowned Authors And playwrights.

1st Produced:
Meow, Edward St CBD, Wellington    28 Apr 2012

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Genre:
short monologue

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Becoming American

Synopsis:
A phone-support instructor teaches his Ghanaian recruits how become American for the two or three minutes that it takes to solve the problems of a U.S. caller. This piece is part of Snapshot, an anthology of short plays. To perform this piece independently, click "Add to Shopping Cart" above. To perform this piece as part of the full-length collection, go to Snapshot.

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
5-10 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  1 either (1 actor possible: 0-1 males, 0-1 females)

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By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Synopsis:
In a new comedy from the Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.

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1st Produced:
South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, California    2008

Company:
Pacific Playwrights Festival

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    978-0-8222-2646-8

Music:
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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Children's Monologues, The

Synopsis:
Dramatic Need (DN) is a UK-registered charity that sends international Arts professionals to do workshops in underprivileged and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Gifted, heavyweight actors will perform monologues written by Lynn Nottage, Bola Agbaje, Polly Stenham, Dennis Kelly, Gabriel Bisset-Smith, Oladipo Agboluaje, Zawe Ashton, Joel Horwood, Anya Reiss and Jamie Minoprio, based on autobiographical stories written by the some of the children DN works with.

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Genre:
short monologue

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Crumbs From the Table Of Joy

Synopsis:
Recently widowed Godfrey, and his daughters Ernestine and Ermina, move from Florida to Brooklyn for a better life. Not knowing how to parent, Godfrey turns to religion, and especially to Father Divine, for answers. the girls absorb their new surroundings, but not necessarily religion. Lily, Godfrey's sister-in-law, shows up from Harlem, having promised her sister that if anything ever happened, she'd look out for the girls. Lily, while fascinating to her nieces, stands for everything Godfrey dislikes: communism, sexual freedom and the fight against racial discrimination. As the racial and social issues of the late 1950s escalate, personal issues between Godfrey and Lily explode, prompting him to walk out. A few days later, he returns, with a new wife-a white, German immigrant, Gerte. With Godfrey immersed in religion, Lily claiming to be a part of the new revolution, and quiet, stoic Gerte coming from the horrors of Germany, life in the household gets heated. Ultimately, Lily must leave, seeing as she's neith

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Company:
Co-Produced with Arizona Theatre Company

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine

Synopsis:
a social satire about an ambitious and haughty African-American woman, Undine Barnes Calles, whose husband suddenly disappears after embezzling all of her money. Pregnant and on the brink of social and financial ruin, Undine retreats to her childhood home in Brooklyn's Walt Whitman projects, only to discover that she must cope with a crude new reality. Undine faces the challenge of transforming her setbacks into small victories in a battle to reaffirm her right to be. FABULATION is a comeuppance tale with a comic twist.

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Seriocomedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  doubling

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Give Again?

Synopsis:
a gentle joke about our attitudes to charity, which finishes the evening perfectly, leaving you amused but guilty.
Kieron Quirke, Evening Standard

Notes:
Part of "How Long Is Never? A Response To Dafur", An evening of new short plays And discussion. "A potent reminder that theatre, Among its myriad other functions, has A misiion to inform . . . the result is An engrossing evening that both heightens our understanding of Darfur And outlines the moral And political dilEmma it poses in the strakest possible terms" ~ the Guardian

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1st Published:
Josef Weinburger,    -

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Genre:
Short Plays One Act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Intimate Apparel

Synopsis:
the time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she's saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George who is working on the Panama Canal. Being illiterate, Esther has one of her patrons respond to the letters, and over time the correspondence becomes increasingly intimate until George persuades her that they should marry, sight unseen. Meanwhile, Esther's heart seems to lie with the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both, and Esther consents to marry George. When George, arrives in New York, however, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be, and he absconds with Esther's savings, frittering it away on whores and liquor. Deeply wounded by the betrayal, but somehow unbroken, Esther returns to the boarding house determined to use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life's experiences.

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1st Produced:
http://www.centerstage.org/index.php    2003

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Las Meninas

Synopsis:
the true story of the illicit romance between Queen Marie-therese (wife of Louis XIV) and her African servant, Nabo, a dwarf from Dahomey, and the hilarious consequences that scandalized the French court.

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1st Produced:
San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose, CA    2002

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1st Published:
American Theatre Magazine, NY - July, 2001    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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Mud, River, Stone

Synopsis:
An African-American couple vacationing in Africa take a turn off the main highway and find themselves stranded during rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. the rundown colonial hotel's only inhabitants are a reticent bellhop and an outspoken white African businessman. As the rains continue, the guest list grows to include a Nigerian aid worker at wits' end and a Belgian adventurer wandering the landscape in search of meaning. the couple's comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for his mother. the stakes increase when an international mediator arrives and tries to end the stand-off. the couple's relationship is tested by the volatile politics of Africa, and they learn what the hungry human spirit will do for food and a warm blanket.

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1998   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Odds, The

Odds, The
No-one can forget the moment they heard the news. September 11th, 2001 sent shockwaves across the globe. It was a day that was supposed to change the world forever.Ten years on, a team of major writers and thinkers explore our responses to the defining event of our times in a new production from Headlong, creators of the multi award-winning ENRON. Rupert Goold's theatre company transforms a former trading hall into an immersive theatrical experience, taking you from the tranquil setting of St Katharine Docks on the River Thames to the bright blue skies of downtown Manhattan and beyond.

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part of Decade: Two towers. Ten years. Twenty plays. Ten years After 9/11, twenty international writers respond to the defining event of our times. Published here Are their individual plays, which woven together formed the basis of Decade, An immersive theatrical production from Headlong theatre company. the writers: Samuel Adamson, Mike Bartlett, Alecky Blythe, Adam Brace, Ben Ellis, Ella Hickson, Samuel D. Hunter, John Logan, Matthew Lopez, Mona Mansour, DC Moore, Abi Morgan, Rory Mullarkey, Janine Nabers, Lynn Nottage, Harrison David Rivers, Simon Schama, Christopher Shinn, Beth Steel, Alexandra Wood.

1st Produced:
Commodity Quay, St Katharine Docks, London E1W 1AZ    01 Sep 2011

Company:
Headlong

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Music:
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Genre:
short piece

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Point of Revue

Synopsis:
A composite shot of African America. . .with attitude. Through a riveting series of short plays and songs, this vaudeville defies stereotype as it explores a myriad of topics and places, from Northern Uganda to the American South, HIV to Condoleeza Rice. Swinging from the serious to the absurd, there's plenty to laugh and cry about in this powerful piece.

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1st Produced:
Mixed Blood Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN, United States)    2006

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
90-115 min Dramatic/Comedic vaudeville

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  6 males, 6 females, 3 either (12-60 actors possible: 6-40 males, 6-20 females)

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Poof!

Synopsis:
When a housewife comes to the end of her rope with her abusive husband, she doesn't expect him to spontaneously combust. Now she has a pile of ashes on the floor, and a life to reclaim.

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1st Produced:
Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY, United States)    1993

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
15-20 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  2 females

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Por'Knockers

Synopsis:
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1st Published:
in 'Crumbs From the Table Of Joy', Theatre Communications Group, USA, 2005   -

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Ruined

Ruined
Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on a human life?
- press release

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winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize

1st Produced:
Chicago: Goodman theatre    Nov 2008

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1st Published:
Theatre Communications Group (October 1, 2009)   978-1559363693

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Snapshot

Synopsis:
A photograph captures and documents a single moment in time and space -- a snapshot of history, of a reality bounded by the photo's frame. But what lies outside, beyond, behind the photograph? And what stories, memories, or associations does an image of place inspire? In this multi-writer project from Actors theatre of Louisville, a diverse assortment of talented playwrights encounter and transform Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, 1969, a compelling image of the monument by renowned photographer Lee Friedlander. their thought-provoking scenes and monologues range from delightful comedy to utterly serious tragedy, each approaching the photo's themes through a new lens. To perform the entire collection, click "Add to Shopping Cart" above. To perform an individual piece independently, click on its title below:

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
80-100 min Drama/Comedy

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  11            Other:  11 males, 11 females (4-25 actors possible: 2-15 males, 2-15 females)

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