Fiction. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Drama. LOVE CONJURE/BLUES is performance literature/a novel that is constructed for breath. The piece is not meant to be theater/a concert/an opera or a staged reading but is. LOVE CONJURE/BLUES places the fiction-form inside a traditional Black American voice/inviting dramatic interpretation and movement within the fit of a highly literary text—filled with folktales poetry haints prophecy song and oral history. LOVE CONJURE/BLUES considers a range of possibilities of gender expression and sexuality within a southern/rural/Black working class context that examines the blues as a way of life/as ritual—in concert with Ancient practices and new creations. The past the present the future the living and the dead co-exist together/at the same time in a weave of dreams/Prayers/Love/Spirit expressed.
2016 Doris Duke Artist Award recipientAbe Louise Young @ The Austin ChronicleTonya C. Hegamin @ Black Issues Book Reviewfeature @ Musings of a Quasi-Intellectual
Sharon Bridgforth has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009, and is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist. She is producer, founder and curator of the Theatrical Jazz Institute, produced by The Theatre School at DePaul and Links Hall in Chicago, 2011-2012. Bridgforth is author of two performance novels, LOVE CONJURE/BLUES (RedBone Press, 2004) and the Lambda Literary Award-winning THE BULL-JEAN STORIES (RedBone Press, 1998). Her performance script delta dandi is published in solo/black/woman (Northwestern University Press). Bridgforth, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and Lisa L. Moore are co-editors of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project (University of Texas Press).Author City: USA