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Turning a Phrase
By C. Gerald Fraser
Published: June 22, 1987
Today, James Earl Jones, winner of this year's Tony Award for best actor in a play for his work in ''Fences,'' will read poetry by August Wilson. Mr. Wilson also won a Tony for writing ''Fences,'' the story of how one father sternly nurtures his son. Reading her own poetry will be the poet and playwright who wrote ''For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf,'' Ntozake Shange. Esther Rolle is to be the host in Theater Four at 424 West 55th Street at 7:30 P.M.
Also included in the evening is the presentation of the 1987 McDonald Literary Achievement Awards to Sylvia M. Cunningham of Los Angeles for her play, ''No Two Way Ticket;'' Lydia Elizabeth Percy Jones of Brooklyn for her poetry, ''Ladies Room;'' Carmel Simmons of Fresno, Calif., for her fiction, ''In an Unknown Wind,'' and Shannon Richards of Charleston, S.C., for her fiction, ''Social Work.''
Portions of the winners' works are to be read. Admission, free. Information: 246-8545. Derring-Do
Anthony Giaimo says that some of Shakespeare's contemporaries referred to Shakespeare as an ''upstart crow.'' To them, it meant the Bard would not amount to anything. To Mr. Giaimo, the term represents ''the spirit of audacity'' and he has named a new theater company, of which he is producing director, Upstart Crow.
The company's first production is a new play, ''Under the Skin,'' by Betty Lambert. This work focuses on the fight for sexual power in a marriage.
Through July 1, performances of ''Under the Skin'' are to be Monday through Friday at 8 P.M. and Saturday at 7 and 10 P.M. at the Perry Street Theater, 31 Perry Street. Admission, $8. Information: 982-1661.
Awards for 3 Black Writers
Published: June 25, 1987
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Three women whose writing concerns the black experience in the United States are the recipients of the 1987 Literary Achievement Awards, sponsored by the McDonald's Corporation. The recipients, each of whom was awarded $1,000, are Sylvia Cunningham, a playwright; Lydia Elizabeth Percy Jones, a poet, and Carmel Simmons, a novelist.