Lisa Langford

Lisa Langford

Lisa Langford earned a B.A. from Harvard University. She studied acting at The Juilliard School and completed her theatre training at The American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard.
After working with Dr. Maya Angelou to develop Dr. Angelou’s line of social expressions, “Life Mosaics,” she received her M.F.A. in play-writing from Cleveland State University. Her play,...
Lisa Langford earned a B.A. from Harvard University. She studied acting at The Juilliard School and completed her theatre training at The American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard.
After working with Dr. Maya Angelou to develop Dr. Angelou’s line of social expressions, “Life Mosaics,” she received her M.F.A. in play-writing from Cleveland State University. Her play, The Art of Longing, was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers and a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2017 National Playwrights Conference and was produced in the fall of 2018 at Cleveland Public Theatre. Lisa was also a finalist in NYC’s The Playwrights Realm’s Scratchpad Series and selected for the National New Play Network’s Cross Pollination Project's Kitchen Dog Theatre leg. Her ten-minute play, The Bomb, about the Black Lives Matter movement, is published in the anthology, Black Lives, Black Words. She is a member of Dobama Theatre’s Playwrights’ Gym.

Plays

  • Rastus and Hattie
    Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until two problematic Black robots (and a glitch in the time-space continuum) make them confront their ideas about race and the value of the past.
  • The Bomb A 10-minute Play
    Two ex-lovers run into each other while at a Black Lives Matter protest.
  • The Art of Longing
    The Art of Longing fashions a world where dreams and reality interpenetrate each other. The play follows the lives of six “third-shift” people—those who guard and take care while the rest of us sleep. The characters’ secrets mask deeply held yearnings that manifest in fantastical abilities and anatomical switch-ups. Race, gender and the nature of art are at the focal point of this piece.
  • How Blood Go
    Racism is literally killing Black people. Studies have shown that racial disparities in health care lead to higher mortality rates for African Americans than their white counterparts. How Blood Go asks what would you be willing to give up to be treated fairly: your consent, your compassion, or even your race?

    How Blood Go weaves the present and past together with the story of Quinntasia, an...
    Racism is literally killing Black people. Studies have shown that racial disparities in health care lead to higher mortality rates for African Americans than their white counterparts. How Blood Go asks what would you be willing to give up to be treated fairly: your consent, your compassion, or even your race?

    How Blood Go weaves the present and past together with the story of Quinntasia, an African-American woman about to embark on a career as a health and fitness expert and that of her ancestor, Bean, an unwitting participant in a 1930’s government experiment on Black men.

    Just when Quinn is ready to take her wellness program, Quinntessentials, to market, she learns that her healthy body is not the product of her hard work, but of a futuristic experimental device, activated without her consent, that makes her appear White in healthcare settings. She must decide if she’s willing to give up her Blackness to make her dream come true.

    Meanwhile, Bean and his brother, Ace, relive their own experience with unethical medical treatment in the American South (the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment 1930-1970) while watching over Quinntasia.