Millennium Mambo/ Urban Zulu Mambo
Millennium Mambo, the one-woman piece conceived by actress- playwright Regina Taylor, which began previews at the Studio space of Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
Mambo will feature one of Taylor's plays, along with the work of four other prominent, African-American women playwrights. Taylor asked scribes Kia Corthron (Seeking the Genesis), Adrienne Kennedy (Funnyhouse of a Negro), Suzan-Lori Parks (In the Blood) and Ntozake Shange (For Colored Girls...) to either write or select a 15- minute text which could be performed by one actress -- in this case, Taylor. (Playwright Cheryl L. West, mentioned in previous press releases, is apparently no longer involved in the project.) Taylor -- who contributed a short play herself -- then penned some connective text, linking the half dozen playlets.
The five plays are:
• Safe Box by Kia Corthron
• Heathcliff and I Agree by Adrienne Kennedy
• Talking to Jupiter by Suzan-Lori Parks
• Evertime [sic] My Lil World Seems Blue, I Just Haveta Look at You and Learn Eye-Hand Coordination, a selection from Ntozake Shange's novel "Liliane"
• Urban Zulu Mambo by Regina Taylor