LOST IN LANGUAGE AND SOUND//collaborating with legends by Liz Morgan

Liz Morgan performing in Lost in Language and Sound by Ntozake Shange (a work-in-progress showing in Brooklyn)

Liz Morgan performing in Lost in Language and Sound by Ntozake Shange (a work-in-progress showing in Brooklyn)

for colored girls... is one of those works that surprises me every time I encounter it.  It is inspirational in its depth and stunning in its uniqueness.

I’m humbled to feel so close to the legacy of Ntozake Shange’s voice in this present moment.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with some of the brilliant artists that have worked closely with Ntozake to bring her texts to life.  Specifically, Laurie Carlos and Ifa Bayeza have been great mentors to me at Brown and beyond.

And after attending the recent gala exhibition honoring the 40th anniversary of for colored girls..., I’ve been personally invited by Ntozake Shange to collaborate on her new choreoessay, Lost in Language and Sound.

 This truly is the stuff that dreams are made of. 

This will be an ongoing collaboration and we will present the work-in-progress at the end of this week so look out for personalized invitations via Facebook/e-mail or visit 651 Arts for details about this amazing piece of art.


New plays in a new city: Summer lovin' in Boston by Liz Morgan

Over and over again, I hear about the love-hate relationship many young artists have with New York City.  The Big Apple is so alluring with her bright lights after dark but I kid you not, when my sweet Jamaican grandmother first immigrated to this country and saw what NYC looked like when she woke up, she wept.  And it’s more than morning breath sometimes with New York.  It can get down right abusive – you know what I’m talking about, MTA.

So I’m having an affair with Boston and boy does she know how to treat a girl.  It’s like Providence’s more attractive sister! And I committed to Providence for seven years but after hunting horcruxes and whatnot it was time to go.

But back to Boston. 

In June, I was working with Company One on Shelter of Last Resort by Miranda Craigwell. Now I’m back at The Huntington Theatre Company doing a workshop of Start Down by Eleanor Burgess.  Both processes have been so inspiring and I’m really proud of the work.

Of course now that I’m away, New York won’t stop calling.  I promised to visit on my day off so I better get going.

Anyway, be sure to check out Start Down and the other summer workshops at The Huntington if you’re around.  And, I’ll let you know how this love triangle turns out.