Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

 Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

 Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

 Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

 Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

 Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Arrest of Cynthia Scott

Arrest of Cynthia Scott

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Danny and Louise Thomas

Danny and Louise Thomas

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

 Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

The Chimera

The Chimera

Photo Credit Katherine Wittenauer (July 2017)

Kristy Allen as Cynthia Scott

Kristy Allen as Cynthia Scott

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Nick Stockwell as Mayor Cavanaugh

Nick Stockwell as Mayor Cavanaugh

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Coda, Deborah and Shavon singing Dancing in the Street

Coda, Deborah and Shavon singing Dancing in the Street

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Kristy interviews community members

Kristy interviews community members

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

This is our house manager's mother

Sculptures

Sculptures

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

Candle lighting for the dead and the living

Candle lighting for the dead and the living

Photo credit Mark Sullivan (July 2017)

American Black Journal Clip

Interview with American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson about AFTER/LIFE, featuring Lisa Biggs and Deborah Chenault Green. Air date: July 16, 2017

WHERE SPIRIT RIDES

WHERE SPIRIT RIDES

A solo theatre/dance work devised and performed by Lisa Biggs. Photo credit: Paul Sisson.

WALK WITH ME (8 min excerpt)

The Graduates

The Graduates

 

 

Justice for Maurice Henry Carter

Justice for Maurice Henry Carter

A stage reading at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University and the Universalist Unitarian Church of Greater Lansing, Michigan (October 15 & 18, 2015).

Maurice Henry Carter was wrongly convicted of shooting a Benton Harbor, MI policeman in the early 1970s. The play chronicles his efforts and the work of an unlikely ally- former journalist and church organ salesman, Doug Tjapkes -- to secure his freedom. For two men from starkly different worlds, the journey would bond them together forever as brothers.

 

Drama Club at Ionia Handlon MTU

Drama Club at Ionia Handlon MTU

Lisa Biggs with Austin Jackson leading the first class at Ionia Handlon MTU (August 2016)

Perform Midwest

Perform Midwest

With the crew after performing in an excerpt of Deke Weaver’s Tiger at the University of Michigan Duderstadt Arts Center as part of the 2015-16 Global Midwest grant. 

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Glee and Other Works by Alan Shefksy

Glee and Other Works by Alan Shefksy

Curated by Kantara Suffrant, in the Annie May Swift Studio, Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (April 2014).

This page is offered in loving memory of Alan Shefsky (1959-2014), poet and dedicated Northwestern University Performance Studies Department employee, and friend to many a graduate student.

"Shefsky was a poet with his works published in many literary journals and performed at a number of venues in Chicago. He is the author of Amelia Absent, Amelia Present (Clay Springs Press, 1995) and What Emily, “a playful, inquiring romp into the inner life and poetical line of Emily Dickinson” (Magnolia Press Collective, 2011). His last collection of poems, Glee (Magnolia Press, 2012), was written before, during, and after Shefsky’s diagnosis with a glioblastoma brain tumor."

 

Verse

 

A tumor in the brain

is fine I say to the nurse,

It’s like having a new house with

A view of the universe.

 

 

The little girl asks

 

The little girl asks “How can he stand?”

She means on my feet.

“It’s not so bad,” I say. I mean It’s not so easy.

It’s not so sad.

It’s okay don’t cry, says the little girl, walking by.

More of Alan's poems

 

Jomama Jones: Radiate

Jomama Jones: Radiate

Singing back up with Jomama Jones (aka Daniel Alexander Jones) at Victory Gardens (2012)

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MEMORY IS A BODY OF WATER

MEMORY IS A BODY OF WATER

Co-written and performed with Tanisha Sabine Christie, MEMORY IS A BODY OF WATER tells the story of 3 DC-based women struggling with the trauma of violence in their everyday lives as they are haunted by memories of the past. The worked toured to Amherst College, Goucher College, the National Black Theatre Festival and the NY International Fringe Fest.

Why Walk When You Can Fly

In 1967, Robert Alexander formed the Living Stage Theatre Company, the engaged community arts initiative at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. I was a member of the ensemble from 1999-2001, and the work completely changed my life. 

Why walk when you can fly?

Everyone can touch the sky

One taste and you'll never go back

Imagination will keep you on track

 

HECUBA

HECUBA

Directed by Jennifer Nelson for the African Continuum Theatre Company (ACT CO), Washington, DC. This show was staged on the 2nd floor of Living Stage at 14th and T, NW.

This show featured Jefferson Russell and Willette Thompson!

Lookingglass Theatre: Eye Plus One

Lookingglass Theatre: Eye Plus One

HOME

HOME

Cepheus Miles grew up on a farm in rural South Carolina, where he was content to work the land. When the Vietnam War comes along, he refuses to serve, is imprisoned and looses his land. The prospect of a new job -- a slinky new girlfriend -- and life in the big city proves exciting. But when urban realities triumph, Cepheus is forced to take a good hard look at himself. Eventually, he finds his way HOME. 

Written by Samm-Art Williams; Directed by Phillip Van Lear; Featuring Lisa Biggs, Linda Bright Clay and Freeman Coffee

About CTC: Community-based African-American theater groups are few and far between. The Chicago Theatre Company (CTC) was such a rare gem. Located in the Parkway Community Center, a Hull House affiliate, the theater group produced three plays a year. Past successes included "Pill Hill"; the sardonic spoof "The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show"; "Train Is Comin'," the saga of the a cappella Fisk Jubilee Singers; "A Red Death," a film noir-style thriller by Walter Mosley (author of "Devil in a Blue Dress"); Leslie Lee's powerful "Sundown Names and Night-Done Things" (a look at struggling insurance company workers in the 1930s); Gavin Lawrence's funny "Cut Flowers" (about a bunch of guys working as florists in the 1990s); and Don Wilson Glenn's "American Menu," about the travails of female kitchen workers in a segregated Texas diner in spring 1968.

Faith & The Good Thing

Faith & The Good Thing

"Look for Lisa Biggs's seven-cyclone SWAMP WOMAN to take some trophies come awards time" -- The Reader (3/23/1995)

 

Faith Cross's quest for the Good Thing takes her from the swampy backwoods of Georgia to the cold, hard streets of Chicago. Along the way, she encounters Hoodoos, Haints and Headaches in a wild mix of folk magic, social satire and outrageous comedy. Her strength and perseverance in the face of extraordinary trails and tribulations provide a spiritually-grounded message of hope for all who struggle to keep body and soul together.

From the novel by Charles Johnson; Adapted by Kelli Garrett; Directed by Frank Pullen 

Featuring Lisa Biggs as "Swamp Woman" and Lydia Diamond as "Faith"

Photo Credit: Suzanne Plunkett

 "Look for Lisa Biggs's seven-cyclone SWAMP WOMAN to take some trophies come awards time" -- The Reader (3/23/1995)     Faith Cross's quest for the Good Thing takes her from the swampy backwoods of Georgia to the cold, hard streets of Chicago. Along the way, she encounters Hoodoos, Haints and Headaches in a wild mix of folk magic, social satire and outrageous comedy. Her strength and perseverance in the face of extraordinary trails and tribulations provide a spiritually-grounded message of hope for all who struggle to keep body and soul together.  From the novel by Charles Johnson; Adapted by Keli Garrett; Directed by Frank Pullen

"Look for Lisa Biggs's seven-cyclone SWAMP WOMAN to take some trophies come awards time" -- The Reader (3/23/1995)

 

Faith Cross's quest for the Good Thing takes her from the swampy backwoods of Georgia to the cold, hard streets of Chicago. Along the way, she encounters Hoodoos, Haints and Headaches in a wild mix of folk magic, social satire and outrageous comedy. Her strength and perseverance in the face of extraordinary trails and tribulations provide a spiritually-grounded message of hope for all who struggle to keep body and soul together.

From the novel by Charles Johnson; Adapted by Keli Garrett; Directed by Frank Pullen

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