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Biography

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
Education

UNDERGROUND

Lisa B. Thompson
Drama Action & Adventure

Old college buddies Kyle and Mason have gone from radicals in their youth to successful professionals approaching middle age. When Kyle shows up at Mason's door, the two have a chance to catch-up, reminisce and, as the evening goes on, engage one another in a battle of intellects over the best road to black liberation. When news reports reveal a police search for the leader of a Black extremist group Mason wonders whether he actually knows Kyle.

MONROE

Lisa B. Thompson
Drama Romance

In 1942 Louisiana, Cherry finds herself haunted by her brother’s lynching, a mysterious pregnancy, and visions from God. A family friend running from his own demons inspires her to dream of a new life in California before it’s too late for them both.

DINNER

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.