About the Playwright


"Rose Weaver blurs dramatic and musical structure into a dramatic, lyrical twelve bar blues and captures the musicality of Southern African Americans during the Great Depression in McDonough, Georgia in Well Water Blues. We hear the echo of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes as Weaver captures the sadness, laughter and strength of the African American Southern peasants in 1930." - Aishah Rahman, Professor of Playwriting, Brown University



Published Works


o Well Water Blues, NuMuse - New Plays from Brown University, 2001
o "Chips on My Shoulder" and "Momma's Little Helper" in Monologues for Women by Women (Heinmann & Co, 1994)
o Monologue "Through the Mirror," Iowa Literacy Resources Center, 1998
o Another Christmas Miracle, a film on video directed by Mark Gentile, WJAR-TV 10/NBC, 1983


Skips in the Record by Rose WeaverPlays Include


o Menopause Mama (Workshops, Perishable Theatre 2002)
o Silhouette of a Silhouette (Brown University New Plays Festival 2000; The Providence Black Repertory Company, First Look 2001)
o Skips in the Record (Brown University Thesis Play 2000; The Garde Theater New Plays 2000)
o Well Water Blues (Brown University New Plays Festival 1999)


Production Histories


o Menopause Mama Planned Parenthood Regional Conference 2002
o Lifespan Cardiac Center, 2002
o Brown University Learning Community (2002)
o Brown University Writer's Circle (2001 and 2002)Rose Weaver's Menopause Mama
o R.I. Department of Health (2002)
o John Hope Settlement House (with healthcare panel, 2002)
o Johnson & Wales University's Women's Center (for National Women's History Month, 2002)
o Providence Black Rep (2001)
o Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre (2001)
o Trinity Encore (2001)
o AS220 (2000 and 2002)
o Cathedral of St. John's (2001)
o Skips in the Record, finalist the Garde Theater New Plays Festival 2000, directed by Chad Nicholson; Brown University Thesis Play 2000, directed by Vanessa Gilbert
o Well Water Blues, Perishable Theater 1999 Brown University New Plays Festival, directed by Donald King, artistic director of Providence Black Rep.



Awards


o Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, 2002
o Rhode Island History Hall of Fame, 2001
o R.I. Foundation New Works Award, 2001
o Pell Award for Excellence In The Arts, 2000
o YWCA Outstanding Woman of The Year Award in Arts Education, 2000
o Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowship, The Rhode Island Foundation, 1999-2000
o Merit Award, Brown University, 1999-2000
o The Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, Brown University, 1999
o Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowship, The Rhode Island Foundation, 1998-1999
o Jane Ruby Lecturer, Wheaton College, 1996