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NTOZAKE SHANGE
The Love Space Demands

Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ

The Love Space Demands is a dramatic staging of more than 20 poems using dance, music, and projected images. The themes of the poems address the ravages of a drug-drenched culture and the effects and changes this epidemic has wrought upon relationships. The poems look for sexual and spiritual connections between isolated individuals.

Ntozake Shange is the author of For Colored Girls Who've Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, Spell #7, and A Photograph: Lovers-in-Motion, and the poetry volumes Nappy Edges, A Daughter's Geography, Ridin the Moon in Texas, and From Okra to Greens. In addition to her novels, Sassafras, Cypress, and Indigo, Ms Shange has adapted Betsy Brown (the novel) to Betsy Brown: A Rhythm and Blues Musical with Emily Mann and Bakida Carroll, which opened at the McCarter Theatre in the spring of 1991. Shange's The Bridge Party was performed on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia in September 1991. With composer Jeanne Lee and choreographer Mickey Davidson, Shange created and performed at the Women Improvisors Festival at the Whitney Museum. With Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Joseph Shabalala and director Eric Simonson, she created the musical Nomathemba for Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, New Jersey's Crossroads Theatre, and the Kennedy Center. Shange is the recipient of two Obies, one for her adaptation of Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Chubb Fellow, a Fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts for Playwriting, and the MacDowell Colony. Among her many awards, Shange has received the Medal of Excellence from Columbia University, The Los Angeles Times Book Review Prize for Poetry, two Audelco Awards, the Houston International Festival Prize for Literature, and a New York State Arts Council Grant for Poetry. Shange is a committed educator, offering courses in the literature of people of color, feminist aesthetics, and writing and performance art, as the Mellon Distinguished Professor of Literature at Rice University, Artist-in-Residence at Villanova, and currently as Writer-In-Residence at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Shange earned degrees in American Studies from Barnard College, B.A., and the University of Southern California, M.A. She holds Honorary Doctorates in the Humanities from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and Haverford College. Shange is on the Board of Directors Advisors of Yellow Silk and Heresies Magazine. Shange is a member of the Dramatist's Guild, Poets and Writers, PEN, and the Writer's Guild of America.

Director: Talvin Wilks
Set Designer: Richard Carroll
Lighting Designer: Heather Carson
Costume Designer: Toni-Leslie James
Sound Designer: Carmen Whip
Music: William "Spaceman" Patterson
Choreographer: Mickey Davidson
Photographic Environmental Designer: Adal
Multimedia Set Design Co-ordinator: Anton Nelessen
Featured Performers: Demitri Corbin, Ezra Knight, Billy Patterson, Jackie Mari Roberts, Ntozake Shange, Theara J. Ward
Running Dates: February 27-March 29, 1992


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