Author | Playwright | Lecturer | Advocate
"A thoroughly engaging memoir.… Cary invites readers into a complex extended family.… A distinctly American story."
Martha Anne Toll, NPR
Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century
Praise & Reviews
"A profoundly moving, evocative work that puts a fully realized human face on the issue of slavery and its consequences.The Price of a Child marks the emergence of a powerful voice in American fiction."
Paula L. Woods, Philadelphia Inquirer
The Price of a Child
“Engaging. . . . Cary creates characters with such full-bodied life that their predicaments remain vivid.”
The New York Times Book Review
If Sons, Then Heirs
January 1/30 at 12:15-1:15
WHYY/NPR Live On Air Studio 2
The Kelly's Writers House, University of Pennsylvania
Join us for a scene reading and discussion of Lorene Cary’s play Ladysitting, currently in its world premiere at the Arden Theater. Playwright Lorene Cary will be joined by Melanye Finister, the actor playing Lorene in the Arden production, and Terrence Nolen, Arden’s Producing Artistic Director. After a scene reading/performance by Finister, the group will talk about the development of Ladysitting, including the challenges and pleasures of turning memoir into theater.
Fisk theater students read a first draft of my libretto for Jubilee! about the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Damien Geter, composer; Portland Opera.
About Lorene Cary
Lorene Cary is author of the memoirs Ladysitting and Black Ice, three novels, and a book for young readers. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and has written a one-act opera of Ladysitting and a play, My General Tubman. She lives in Philadelphia.