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Michael angel Johnson

Michael angel Johnson, member of the League of Professional Theatre WomenDramatist
New York, New York USA

For the past six years, the source of my inspiration has come from my research on Edmonia Lewis (1845-1911) who is the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage (Chippewa) to earn an international reputation as a visual artist. After reading an article about the discovery of one of her sculptures, THE DEATH OF CLEOPATRA, I immediately became curious about the life of this free black woman who was an artist at a time when most blacks living in America where bound by chains both physically and emotionally. The questions mounted, so I did a cursory search that rendered very little, which piqued my curiosity even more. I went deeper. To my surprise, there were very few absolutes in relation to Edmonia’s life, yet those that were absolutes were fascinating: attended Oberlin college in 1858, accused of attempted murder while at Oberlin, was defended by John Mercer Langston (the great-uncle of the poet Langston Hughes), moved to Rome in 1865, Frederick Douglass visited her studio in Rome. As a playwright, all of these incidents intrigued me. Edmonia’s success as a sculptor turned into a cloak that surrounded me as I made my way, at times steeping gently, through my own life. Edmonia’s ability to function in a society that at times was antagonistic to her freedom inspired me to explore new avenues in relation to my writing. The more I discovered about Edmonia the deeper my understanding became of myself as a woman and as an artist. At last I had to follow her path to Rome where it is assumed, for no one knows for certain, she died. As I searched for her resting place in Rome, I felt her presence pushing me forward and back to America with a newfound determination as an artist and as a woman. All of what I uncovered about Edmonia Lewis and myself is the foundation for my play titled WILDFIRES.

Michael angel Johnson is a graduate from The Yale School of Drama in Playwriting, and her plays have been performed in venues from New York to California. Her plays often explore connections between the personal and the cultural. More info: www.michaelangeljohnson.com.

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Week in Review, May 14 – 20, 2012


LPTW’s Blog30 was created to highlight the diversity, passion and brilliance of the individual members of the League of Professional Theatre Women in celebration of the organization’s 30th Anniversary. Every Sunday, the women featured in the previous six days, as well as three others from our first two months, receive a little more attention, a second chance for readers to learn about them. Sunday is often a day for reflection, offering the opportunity to catch up on the previous week’s activities. Now, the Week in Review gives our readers the opportunity to experience a week’s entries in one easy sitting. We hope you enjoy the latest addition to Blog30.

To live a long, happy, healthy, creative life and spend quality time with my family and friends and live a regret-free life. I’d also love to find time to organize all of my photos… – Stephanie Klapper, May 14

Not much of a drinker – but, sadly, I never turn down a chip or a cheese doodle.  – Elaine Smith, May 15

I never look for inspiration, it just happens. – Pat Addiss, May 16

I am writing a screenplay about horses and there is something extraordinary that happens when writing in the presence of horses who live in a world that is basically silent. – Sandra Nordgren, May 17

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?  Plays by dead white men. – Martha Richards, May 18

From Stoppard’s Arcadia I learned what life was all about. – Wendy Barrie-Wilson, May 19

From the Archives:
The more I discovered about Edmonia the deeper my understanding became of myself as a woman and as an artist. – Michael angel Johnson, February 2

A book adventure always rested at my bedside waiting the resumption of conversations and relationships after I sank into bed, adjusted my pillow and pulled up the covers.  – Petronia Paley, February 7

The Lady Bird Grove is a remarkable circular, wheelchair-friendly hike that provides the visitor with gorgeous redwoods – many of which are twinned or triplets – that you can walk around, stand under, and marvel at. – Hilary Adams, February 14


Find Her

Blog30 Launches!
Introducing Team Blog30
Taking Memorial Day Weekend off
Summer Hiatus
Blog30 is Back!

Alexa Kelly
Alexis Greene
Alice Reagan
Alisa Matlovsky
Alix Claps
Amanda Pekoe
Amy Stoller
Andrea Caban
Andrea Kuchlewska
Angelica Page
Angelina Fiordellisi
Anna Nugent
Anne Dunning
Anne Hamilton
Anne Phelan
Anne Stewart FitzRoy, CPA
Antoinette LaVecchia
Asmaa Yehia Eltaher

Barb Kielhofer
Billie Allen

Cara Reichel
Caridad Svich
Carol K. Mack
Carolyn Feleppa Balducci
Catherine Gropper
Catherine Porter
Catherine Schreiber
Cecilia Copeland
chandra thomas
Chelsea Silverman
Cheryl L. Davis
Chiori Miyagawa
Cindy Cooper (Cynthia L. Cooper)

Deborah Asiimwe
DeVida Jenkins
Dorothy Leeds

Edie Cowan
Elaine Smith
Elizabeth Hess
Elizabeth Ireland McCann
Elsa Rael
Enid Futterman

Gabriele Schafer
Gail Kriegel
Georganne Aldrich Heller
Gerda Stevenson
Ginny Louloudes
Glenda Frank
Gwynn MacDonald

Harriet Slaughter
Helen E. Richardson
Helen Stern
Hilary Adams

Jacki Barlia Florin
Jennifer Lane Bustance
Jenny Lyn Bader
Jessica Litwak
Jessi D. Hill
Jill BC Du Boff
Joan D. Firestone
Joanne Pottlitzer
Joyce Liao
Joyce Maio
Judith Binus
Julia Miles
Julia Pascal
Julie Carpenter Sylvester
June Rachelson-Ospa

Karin de la Penha
Katie Pearl
Katrin Hilbe
Kristin Marting
KS Stevens
Kyle Blumenthal

Lanie Zipoy
Laura Annawyn Shamas
Laura Caparrotti
Lauren Yarger
Laurie James
Lenore DeKoven
Linda Chapman
Lisa Rothe
Lorca Peress
Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Lucy Wang
Lynne Rogers

Mahayana (Yana) Landowne
Manda Martin
Marcina Zaccaria
Marcy Arlin
Margaret Fofonoff
Margery Klain
Marie Ann Chenevey
Mari Lyn Henry
Marion Simon
Martha Richards
Maxine Kern
Melanie Sutherland
Melba LaRose
Melody Brooks
Michael angel Johnson
Michele Volansky (PhD)
Michelle Haines
Mira J Spektor
Mũmbi Kaigwa

Nancy Ford
Natasha Lee Martin

Olga de la Fuente
Orietta Crispino

Pamela Golinski
Pat Addiss
Paula D’Alessandris
Paula Ewin
Paula McFetridge
Penny Jackson
Penny Landau
Petronia Paley

Regina Gatti
Richarda Abrams
Roberta Levitow
Robin Rice Lichtig
Robin Rothstein
Romy Nordlinger
Ruth Margraff
Ruth Mayleas

Sandi Durell
Sandra M. Bloom
Sandra Nordgren
Saviana Stanescu
Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy
Sheila Speller
Sheilah Rae
Shellen Lubin
Sherry Eaker
Shirley Lauro
Sondra Gorney
Sophia Romma
Stephanie Klapper
Sue Bartelt
Susan Bernfield
Susan Jonas
Susan Laubach
Susan Wallack

Talia Pura
Theresa Giacopasi
Tisa Chang
Tobie S. Stein, Ph.D.
Tricia McDermott

Valentina Fratti
Vanda

Wendy Barrie-Wilson

Yvette Heyliger

Zanne Hall
Zoe (Corell) Kaplan

Week in Review, February 27 – March 4, 2012
Week in Review, March 5 – 11, 2012
Week in Review, March 12 – 18, 2012
Week in Review, March 19 – 25, 2012
Week in Review, March 26 – April 1, 2012
Week in Review, April 2 – 8, 2012
Week in Review, April 9 – 15, 2012
Week in Review, April 16 – 22, 2012
Week in Review, April 23 – 29, 2012
Week in Review, April 30 – May 6, 2012
Week in Review, May 7 – 13, 2012
Week in Review, May 14 – 20, 2012
Week in Review, May 21 – 27, 2012
Week in Review, May 28 – June 3, 2012
Week in Review, June 4 – 10, 2012
From the Archives
Week in Review, February 18 – 22, 2013
Week in Review, February 25 – March 2, 2013

Thirty Plays

30 Plays Celebrate 30 Years
From HERE to HONG KONG
a celebration of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Thirtieth Anniversary
January 2012 to January 2013

Rachel Reiner and Deborah Savadge, Coordinators

Chimera
Kristin Marting
January 2012
New York, New York USA

Woman on the Bridge
Julia Pascal
January 2012
London, England

Jackson Heights 3AM
Jenny Lyn Bader
February 2012
Jackson Heights, New York USA

Sips and Scripts
Chelsea Silverman
February 2012
New York, New York USA

Downsizing: the Ten-Minute Play Project
Lenore DeKoven
March 2012
New York, New York USA

When Danny Comes Back to Us
Deborah Savadge
March 2012
New York, New York USA

Dragon Tales…A Dark Quartet
Carrie Robbins
April 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Deborah Savadge and Ivy Austin)

The Storm
Jessica Burr
April 2012
New York, New York USA

KIKA
Barbara Sutton Masry
April 2012
New York, New York USA

Adrenaline…Heart
Paula D’Alessandris
May 2012
New York, New York USA

The Stacy Play – A Love Song –  Volume I
Anne Hamilton
May 2012
New York, New York USA

Food and Fadwa
Linda Chapman
May 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Lameece Issaq)

Theatre Bridge Memphis
Lanie Zipoy
May 2012
Memphis, Tennessee USA

We Play for the Gods
Julie Crosby
June 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Jessi D. Hill, Andrea Kuchlewska, Melisa Tien, Nicole A. Watson)

Giovanni the Fearless
Mira J. Spektor, Carolyn Balducci
June 2012
New York, New York USA

Women w/o Walls
Rachel Reiner
June 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Robin Rice Lichtig, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy and Romy Nordlinger)

The Canola Project
Lynda Adams
August 2012
Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

The Tiger Play
Anne Phelan and Cheryl Davis
September 2012
Brooklyn, New York USA

Sweetie
Patricia B. Snyder
October 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Gail Kriegel and Ivy Austin)

Turning Page
Pat Addiss
October 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Angelica Page)

AliceGraceAnon
Susan Bernfield
October 2012
Brooklyn, New York USA

The Island of No Tomorrows
Lorca Peress
November 2012
New York, New York USA

Women Write the New
Marcy Arlin, Gwynn MacDonald
November 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Kitty Chen, Eva Maliti Franova, Katrin Hilbe)

A Seat at the Table
Yvette Heyliger
November 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Richarda Abrams, Kitty Chen, Michael Angel Johnson, Marshaline Letcher, Lucy Wang, Melody Brooks, Gail Kriegel, Susan Jonas, and Sandra Bloom)

Little Images
Glenda Frank
November 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Edie Cowan and Margot Lewitin)

The Last Seder
Abigail Rose Solomon
December 2012
New York, New York USA

Women’s Words
Harriet Slaughter
December 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Anne Hamilton, Carol Hall, P.J. Gibson, Mira J. Spektor, and Cara Reichel)

Village Stories
Ludovica Villar-Hauser
January 2013
New York, New York USA
(with Antoinette LaVecchia and DeVida Jenkins)

New Chinese Women Writing: The Room
Janice Poon
January 2013
Hong Kong

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