Wild Black-Eyed Susans
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
The Department of Theatre is proud to showcase Wild Black-Eyed Susans, a new play by UMBC Theatre alumna Kara Lee
Corthron, directed by Jennifer L. Nelson.
Sisters Brady and Rita imagine new lives beyond the rural existence they know. Brady is sure she’s got the right
stuff to be the next big super-model, and Rita’s poetic longing flows into her songwriting. Funny and moving by turns,
the play strikingly captures moments of resilience, friendship, and claims for creative space where dreams are put
Kara Lee Corthron received the 2007 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights for Wild Black-Eyed Susans. Her
play Like a Cow or an Elephant was awarded the 2007 Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights and was
produced at the DePaul Theatre School in Chicago. She was also the winner of the 2006 New Professional Theatre
Writer’s Award, is a three-time recipient of Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Foundation Award, and was a semi-finalist
for the 2007 Sundance Theatre Lab and Princess Grace Award. Kara’s plays have been developed with the Ensemble Studio
Theatre, Center Stage (Baltimore), African Continuum Theatre (D.C.), and Juilliard.
The production will be directed by Jennifer L. Nelson, Producing Artistic Director of the acclaimed African
Continuum Theatre. Ms. Nelson is a winner of the Larry Neal Writers Award (for poetry and playwriting) and a
recipient of the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline.