Sunday, March 6th
Andrea will read from her just-released novel, Redwood and Wildfire, and Pan will perform her amazing multicultural music, using song lyrics taken from the novel as well as music from her new CD, Wild Blue.
Andrea Hairston was a math/physics major in college until she did special effects for a show and ran off to the theatre to become an artist. She is the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre and has created original productions with music, dance, and masks for over thirty years. She is also the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies at Smith College. Her plays have been produced at Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, StageWest, and on Public Radio and Television. She has received many playwriting and directing awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Playwrights, a Rockefeller/NEA Grant for New Works, a Ford Foundation Grant to collaborate with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop, and a Shubert Fellowship for Playwriting.
Her first novel, Mindscape, was published by Aqueduct Press in March 2006. Mindscape won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award and was shortlisted for the Phillip K Dick Award and the Tiptree Award. "Griots of the Galaxy," a short story, appears in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future, an anthology edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan. In March 2011, Ms. Hairston will receive the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship Award for distinguished contributions to the scholarship and criticism of the fantastic.
Andrea's latest novel, Redwood and Wildfire, has just been published by Aqueduct Press, and has been reviewed by the Village Voice at http://bit.ly/dZxm7W She is currently working on a new novel, Will Do Magic for Small Change. Her Web site is at http://andreahairston.com
Pan Morigan is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. She is known for her silvery, wide-ranging voice and passionate stage presence. Her genre-bending songs are influenced by the wide, stormy skies and wild lakes of the Midwest, where she was raised. The experience of growing up in a city full of immigrants and seekers also helped to shape her musical imagination. Blues and jazz, Irish, Greek, Persian, and Scottish music were everywhere to be heard, live. Friends held Irish sessions in their basements. Greek bands were heard in local clubs with room for dancing Syrtos between tables. Pan’s father made instruments for folk musicians, and the sounds of American folk, blues and Persian classical music alike were heard in the kitchen. Most important, Pan learned that music had no boundaries and could not be fenced in.
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