Lisa B. Thompson

BAI Lecture Series

Presenting a reading from

The Mamalogues

A new play about mothering while black and middle class in the age of anxiety.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 5 pm

Kresge 1515


Lisa B. Thompson is a black feminist scholar/artist whose work has been produced by venues such as Crossroads Theatre Company, New Professional Theatre, Brava Theater Center, Theatre Rhinoceros, New African Grove Theatre Company, Company of Angels Theater, Vortex Repertory Company, and the National Black Theatre Festival. Thompson’s plays include Single Black Female (Samuel French, 2012), Dreadtime Stories: One Sista’s HairMonroeI Don’t Want to Be Mamie TillThe Mamalogues and an afro-futuristic trilogy of short plays: Mother’s Day, Watch, Mother Nature. Her latest drama, Underground, received its world premiere in March 2017.

Thompson is also Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at University of Texas at Austin and the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class (University of Illinois Press, 2009). Her scholarly and creative work has been supported with fellowships and awards from Harvard University’s Hutchins Institute for African and African American Research, the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts, the University of Texas at Austin’s Humanities Institute, the University of California’s Office of the President, the Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, UCLA’s Center for African American Studies, the Five Colleges Inc., Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, The Millay Colony for the Arts, and Hedgebrook.