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Lisa B. Thompson is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose satirical comedies and poignant dramas explode stereotypes about Black life in the US, particularly the experiences of the Black middle class. Her books include Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class, Single Black Female, Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues: Three Plays. Thompson’s work has been supported by a number of institutions including MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Millay Arts, National Performance Network, and the W. E. B. DuBois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center. Thompson is currently the Bobby and Sherri Patton Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and co-host and co-producer of Black Austin Matters, a podcast and radio segment on KUT: Austin’s NPR station that explores Black life, culture, and politics in Central Texas.

Known For
Single Black Female, The Mamalogues
Special Skills


Lisa B. Thompson
Comedy Romance

Welcome to the first meeting between the parents of Joanna, and her fiancé Jonathan. As Joanna struggles to prepare an elaborate meal to impress her future in-laws, and educate her parents, she finds herself at the center of a battle between the Black middle class and the Nigerian upper class. No need to “guess who’s coming to dinner” instead discover what’s on the cultural and political menu when the African diaspora gathers to dine.