Lisa Thompson is an acclaimed, up-and-coming playwright, poet, and scholar whose work explores Black female desire and the middle class African American family. Her new play-in-progress is "Underground," an examination of slavery's lingering impact on African-Americans in the twenty-first century.
Constructed of comic vignettes, Thompson's most recent play, "Single Black Female" (1999), is a two-woman performance that explores the lives, loves, and identities of middle class African American women.
"a bracing, funny, bittersweet . . . show that is both bigger than life and wondrously small, with plenty of notes in between." - L. A. Weekly
"Thompson stands... stereotypes on their heads, to apt and funny effect. These right-on feminist sisters want equal rights and equal pay, but they also yearn for steamy romance and Jimmy Choo shoes, not necessarily in that order." - Los Angeles Times
The play enjoyed an off-Broadway run in June 2006 as a production of the New Professional Theatre, a notable Manhattan theatre troupe that promotes the work of minority artists to mainstream and minority audiences.
Thompson's earlier plays include "Monroe" (1998), which enjoyed a staged reading in 1998 directed by Cherrie Moraga at San Francisco's Brava Theatre for Women in the Arts, and "Dreadtime Stories: One Sista's Hair" (1994), a 1994 finalist at the Inner City Cultural Center's Talent Fest in Los Angeles. Her new play-in-progress is "Underground," an examination of slavery's lingering impact on African-Americans in the twenty-first century.
Thompson teaches African American literature and culture in the Department of English at the University at Albany. She is currently completing a book of criticism, ""Beyond the Colored Lady: Sexuality and the New Black Middle Class." Her poetry is anthologized in "Catch the Fire: A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry" (1998).
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