Brutal Imagination: A Play Adapted from the Poem Cycle

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About the Author
Cornelius Eady is a poet, playwright and musician born in Rochester, NY. He is Co-founder of Cave Canem and is Professor of English and Chair of Excellence in Poetry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the author of several poetry collections, including Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (winner of the Lamont Prize), The Gathering of My Name, Hardheaded Weather and Brutal Imagination, (finalist for The National Book Award in Poetry). He has collaborated with jazz composer Deidre Murray in the production of several works of theater, including You Don't Miss Your Water, Running Man (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999), Fangs, and Brutal Imagination (winner of the Oppenheimer Award). His awards include Fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and he was The Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing and Professor in English and Theater at The University of Missouri-Columbia.

"Resuscitating this frightening invention of racism and desperation and letting him speak for himself is the bold and inspired idea behind Brutal Imagination... It's the sort of concept that grabs you instantly and ferociously." --New York Times

"Mixing facts, speculation and poetic extrapolation, Eady's script finds Susan...and Mr. Zero...entwined in a dreamlike world, recounting together the events leading up to and following the murder of her children and the racial stereotypes that played into her claim and their acceptance." --New City Stage

"In transforming Brutal Imagination from poetry to theater, Eady has grown into a powerful playwright." --BOMB Magazine

"Over the course of the nine days between the shocking event and Susan Smith's confession of the crime, these two characters are brought to life in a powerful, theatrical encounter." --TheaterMania