Zakiyyah Alexander on Iconoclast Adrienne Kennedy
Look What She Did!
Zakiyyah Alexander discusses Adrienne Kennedy, a writer who has steadfastly refused to be bound by tradition or expectation throughout her long career as a playwright, memoirist, essayist and novelist. In the sixties when Adrienne arrived in New York, her play, Funnyhouse of a Negro, was unlike anything seen before. When it won the Obie, her career was launched, and she has continued to blaze trails of form and content ever since. Lyrical, violent, dreamlike, deeply personal, but not naturalistic — critic Alisa Solomon describes Adrienne’s plays as expressing “the process of turning memory into meaning.”
In this interview, Zakiyyah describes her recent experiences with octogenarian Adrienne, who still refuses to be categorized. Go Adrienne! Check it out.
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“She decided she was going to break all the rules.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julie Hébert is an award-winning writer and director of theater, film and television. She won the PEN Award for Drama twice, for her plays TREE and THE KNEE DESIRES THE DIRT. Her most recent play, NIGHT FALLS, premiered at ODC in San Francisco, codirected by Hébert and Deborah Slater. Ms. Hébert has written and directed plays for Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, the Magic, the Eureka, LaMaMa, the Women’s Project, San Diego Rep, Los Angeles Theater Center, The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Seven Stages and Horizon in Atlantaand many more. She has received grants from the NEA, TCG, AT&T New Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the California Arts Commission for writing, directing, and inter-disciplinary arts. Hébert has written two films, FEMALE PERVERSIONS, starring Tilda Swinton; and RUBY'S BUCKET OF BLOOD, adapted from her play, starring Angela Bassett. Ms. Hébert has also worked as writer, director, producer for some of the most respected shows on television, including The West Wing, ER, Numb3rs, Blue Bloods, Boss, Nashville and American Crime. She co-directed the Third Watch documentary, In Their Own Words, shortly after 9/11 and was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award.