“Nacirema Society” writer Pearl Cleage to speak at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 27 August 2010

MONTGOMERY—Playwright and novelist Pearl Cleage, whose new play will debut in Montgomery this fall, will discuss her work during a special event at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The TROY College of Arts and Sciences will present “A Talk with Pearl Cleage” at 8 p.m. in the museum auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer whose plays include “Flyin’ West,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” and “Bourbon at the Border.” Her new play, “The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at A Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years,” was commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and will premiere in the Fall of 2010, in a joint production by The ASF and Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, directed by Susan Booth.

Cleage’s novels include “What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day,” a New York Times bestseller and an Oprah Book Club selection, “I Wish I Had A Red Dress,” “Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do,” “Babylon Sisters,” “Baby Brother’s Blues,” “Seen It All and Done the Rest,” and “Till You Hear From Me .”

Cleage has also written for magazines, including “Essence,” “Vibe,” “Rap Pages” and “Ms.” In addition to her work as the founding editor of “Catalyst Magazine,” a literary journal, she was a regular columnist for The Atlanta Tribune.

Her work was recognized with an NAACP Image Award for fiction in 2008.

For more information contact Dr. Sara Kosiba at 334-241-9792.