As funny as she is frank, Georgetta Holmes Stevens — “Big George” to her family and friends — is a tiny woman with an enormous personality. When she isn’t going to strangers’ funerals, Big George is speaking her mind with a contagious authenticity. Playwright Kelli Stevens Kane weaves a portrait of this singular woman live on stage.
About the Local Artist
Kelli Stevens Kane is a poet, playwright, and oral historian whose work–both on the page and in performance–unearths surprises at the crossroads of human vulnerability and possibility.Kane’s poetry manuscript, “Hallelujah Science,” was selected as a Finalist for the 2011 Four Way Books Levis Poetry Prize, and a Semifinalist for the Persea Books 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry.
She’s a 2011-2012 August Wilson Center Fellow, a 2011 Cave Canem Fellow, a 2011 Flight School Fellow, and the recipient of a 2011 and a 2013 Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant. Kane performs nationally, including appearances at the Cornelia Street Cafe and Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, and The Carnegie Museum of Art. Kane’s opened both the National Poetry Slam in Cambridge MA, and TedXWomen Pittsburgh.
In her spare time, Kelli serves as Program Director for Poetic Side, the poetry show on Radio Feebs, a Europe-based internet radio station. Kelli Stevens Kane’s production is also made possible by a grant from The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund, an initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
To learn more about Kelli Stevens Kane, visit her website.
About the CSA
The New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Performance Series is based on the farm share model of community supported agriculture. For only $100, each New Hazlett CSA “shareholder” receives six fresh productions, delivered every other month to the New Hazlett Theater.