Playwright Cori Thomas’ (NYC) Liberia Trips Trilogy weaves together personal and family narrative with history of the Liberian Civil War. Thomas will develop Part 3 of the autobiographical trilogy, drawing on trips taken to Liberia between 2000-2010.
Playwright/actress Cori Thomas’ plays include: When January Feels Like Summer (EST/Page73/Women’s Project Theatre/CityTheatre Co., NYT Critics Pick); Pa’s Hat Part 1, Liberia Trips Trilogy (Pillsbury House Theatre, MN, Top 10 production 2010); My Secret Language of Wishes (Various theaters and University productions including Mixed Blood, MN); The Princess, The Breast and The Lizard; The Ballad of Ella May; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures; Citizens Market; Waking Up; His Daddy; our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
Thomas’ plays have been developed and produced at Sundance Theatre Lab, Goodman Theatre, City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), Page 73, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Playwrights Horizons, Lark Play Development Center, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Going To The River, Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Passage Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, New Federal Theatre, New Georges, The Black Rep (St. Louis), The New Black Fest, and Queens Theatre in the Park. She has been commissioned by South Coast Rep Theatre, Central Square Theater MIT Catalyst; Sloan Foundation/EST, NYSCA/EST, Pillsbury House Theatre. She has received a grant from the Jerome Foundation and has been a Sundance Institute and MacDowell Fellow. Publications: When January Feels Like Summer Dramatic Publishing Co. (Smith and Krauss Best short plays 2010), His Daddy (Smith and Krauss Selected monologues and scenes 2011).
Awards and Honors: When January feels Like Summer: 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, 2008 Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow, 2005 Theodore Ward Prize. My Secret Language of Wishes: 2003 2nd Place Theodore Ward Prize.