Lonnie Carter’s play The Romance of Magno Rubio received eight Obies for its production by the Ma-Yi Theatre Company in 2003. His plays have been produced by The Yale Repertory Theater, the American Place Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, the Long Wharf Theater, at the first Asian-American Theater Festival in New York City (2007), the Los Angeles Theater Center’s Latino Theater Festival (also 2007), and festivals abroad (the Philippines and Romania). Magno Rubio was produced at Inside the Ford Amphitheater in LA in 2011 and at the Entablado Theater in Singapore in 2012. The play was presented in Seattle in 2014 as part iof the Carlos Bulosan Centenary and will be reprised in Seattle at the University of Washuington in the Fall of 2015. Plans for its production at the Perseverance Theater in Alaska are in the works. His plays include China Calls, The Sovereign State of Boogedy Boogedy, The Gulliver Plays (Lemuel, Gulliver, and Gulliver Redux, published by Broadway Play Publishing), Baby Glo, Wheatley (the Colonial HippeHoppe story of Phillis Wheatley, also published by Broadway Play Publishing), Concert Chicago, and The Lost Boys of Sudan, produced by the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis (Tony Winner for Best Regional Theatre 2003). The Lost Boys (and Girl) of Sudan was produced by Victory Gardens in 2010. He is a charter member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights’ Ensemble. (Victory Gardens was the Tony Winner for Best Regional Theatre 2001). He is an Alumnus of New Dramatists in New York and a Core Member Alumnus of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Marquette University, a Guggenheim Fellow and twice a Fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.
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1937. Milwaukee. Lil Hardin Armstrong (Louis' second wife), pianist, singer, tapper, composer of 'Struttin' with Some Barbecue', 'Doin the Suzy Q', plays in the Bronzeville nightspots, and comes up against the St Benedict the Moor Church and School (alumni include red Foxx, Lionel Hampton and Harold Washington, the first Black may of Chicago). The struggle is for the artistic soul of one Calpurnia Ann Hampton, 11 year old tapper and trombone player. Does she stay at St Bennie's and sing in the choir led by Sister Ignatius Loyola, a devotee of Buxtehude, or go to Chicago and live with Lil and hang on the South Side?
All Lil's music included.
O, yes, the 400 year old ghost of St. Benedict the Moor (the Andre De Shields role, which he read at New Dramatists in May 2014).
Carl Van Vechten, Langston Hughes. 1926. Harlem's The White Veal, a Black, Tan and Alabaster Gay Men's Club. Van Vechten and Fania Marinoff's West Side Manhattan apartment, the site of a rollicking jazz party, starring Bessie Smith. Ensuing ruckus.