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Sandra Seaton is a playwright and librettist. Her plays have been performed in cities throughout the country, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and her libretto for the song cycle From the Diary of Sally Hemings, set to music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, has been performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Seaton’s first play, The Bridge Party, set in a small Southern town during World War II, dramatizes a confrontation between members of an African American women’s bridge club and deputies engaged in a house-to-house search in the black community. The play has been performed with a cast headed by the legendary Ruby Dee. Seaton’s other works include The Will, a drama about a black Tennessee family during Reconstruction, Music History, a Civil Rights era play about African American college students, and her spoken word piece, King: A Reflection on the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Seaton’s most recent work is Chicago Trilogy. The three plays, A Chance Meeting, The Lookout, and Black for Dinner, are based on short stories by the African American Chicago writer Cyrus Colter. Seaton is a recipient of the Mark Twain Award “for distinguished contributions to Midwestern Literature” from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. She has been awarded residencies at Ragdale, Hedgebrook, and Yaddo artists’ colonies and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Black Theatre Network and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). For additional information, please go to <>;
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The Bridge Party, Music History, The Will, Sally, A Bed Made In Heaven, and From The Diary of Sally Hemings

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