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Adrienne Kennedy

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Who is Adrienne Kennedy?

Adrienne Kennedy is an African-American playwright and was a key figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She is best known for her first major play Funnyhouse of a Negro. Many of Kennedy's plays explore issues of race, kinship, and violence in American society, and many of her works are "autobiographically inspired." In 1995, critic Michael Feingold of the Village Voice declared that "with Beckett gone, Adrienne Kennedy is probably the boldest artist now writing for the theater.

  • also known as Adrienne Lita Hawkins
  • born on (84 years ago) in Pittsburgh, child of Etta Hawkins and Cornell Wallace Hawkins
  • ethnicity: African American
  • nationality: United States of America
  • education:
  • profession: Writer, playwright, teacher
  • Marriage with Joseph Kennedy
  • parent of
  • written works: "The Adrienne Kennedy reader", "Deadly triplets", "The Alexander plays", "People Who Led to My Plays", "Adrienne Kennedy in one act.", "Cities in Bezique", "Funnyhouse of a Negro", "The Ohio State Murders", "June And Jean In Concert", "Sleep Deprivation Chamber"
  • some of the awards:
      • Obie Award for Distinguished Plays - "Funnyhouse of a Negro"
      • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada (Drama & Performance Art)
      • American Book Awards - "People Who Led to My Plays"
      • Obie Award for Best New American Play - "June And Jean In Concert" & "Sleep Deprivation Chamber"
      • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
      • Laura Pels Foundation Awards for Drama
      • Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • official website: www.adriennekennedy.com

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Google previewThe Art of the Now (2014)

Introduction the Theatre and Performance by Lesley Ferris, The Ohio State University Department of Theatre

Adrienne Kennedy is a renowned playwright who was born in Cleveland and attended The Ohio State University; Elsie Janis, born in Columbus, Ohio, was an international vaudeville star during the early 20th. Women Theatre Artists of Ohio ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Literature and Criticism (2002)

by Martin Coyle, Peter Garside, Malcolm Kelsall, John Peck

Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems and Michelene Wandor in Britain; Megan Terry, Ntozake Shange, Adrienne Kennedy, Rochelle Owens, Myrna Lamb, Martha Boesing, Tina Howe, Maria Irene Fornes and Susan Miller, among others, in the United ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater (2011)

1930-2010 by James Fisher

and numerous others, as well as such artists as Sam Shepard, Harvey Fierstein, Lanford Wilson, Julie Bovasso, Adrienne Kennedy, Tom O'Horgan, Rochelle Owens, Megan Terry, Elizabeth Swados, Andrei Serban, Ping Chong, Tisa Chang, ...

Google previewThe Complete Encyclopedia of African American History (2015)

by Jessie Carney Smith, Lean'tin Bracks, Linda T Wynn

Nikki Giovanni, Ishmael Reed, Alice Childress, Adrienne Kennedy, Ed ...

Google previewWorld Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (2013)

Volume 6: Bibliography and Cumulative Index by Irving Brown (Consulting Bibliographer), Natasha Rappaport (Bibliographer), Rosabel Wang (Consulting Bibliographer)

Gertrude Stein – Tennessee Williams – Sam Shepard – Maria Irene Fornes – Adrienne Kennedy – Richard Foreman. Experimental drama. History and criticism. Rood, Karen Lane. American culture after World War II. Detroit: Gale Research ...

Google previewWomen's Studies Encyclopedia (1999)

by Helen Tierney

The best-known dramatists include Alice Chil- dress, Adrienne Kennedy, Sonia Sanchez, Maya Angelou, and Ntozake Shange. In 1859, Our Nig, the first novel by a black woman, Harriet Wilson, was published in Boston. By 1900, four novels ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of African American Theater (2008)

by Anthony D. Hill, Douglas Q. Barnett

In the 1970s, during the early stages of the women and feminist movement, contemporary black female dramatists like Adrienne Kennedy, Ntozake Shange, Alice Childress, Anna Deveare Smith, Sonia Sanchez, Aishah Rahman, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Beat Literature (2009)

by Kurt Hemmer

and by the end of the decade American writer Adrienne Kennedy had adapted both Lennon works as a play, In ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present (2009)

From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century Five-volume Set by Paul Finkelman

Locke's school, including Wilson and women playwrights like Adrienne Kennedy and Ntozake Shange, among many others, reveals the internal complexities of the African American people. Writing for black people, with a clear disregard for ...

Google previewThe Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre (2013)

by Jonathan Law

By the mid-1960s several small off-off-Broadway companies existed, who introduced such new US playwrights as Sam Shepard, Terrence McNally, Israel Horowitz, Adrienne Kennedy, and Charles Ludlam. Noted off-off-Broadway groups have ...

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