Pearl Cleage

Pearl Cleage

Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer, currently Mellon Playwright in Residence at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre. Her new play, Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous premiered there in April for the inaugural season of their new theatre space. Her play, What I Learned in Paris, opened the 2012-2013 season. Her recent play for young audiences, Tell Me My Dream, premiered at the Alliance Theatre in the 2015-2016 season. The 20th anniversary production of her play, Blues for an Alabama Sky, closed the 2014-2015 Alliance season, earning critical praise and enthusiastic audiences.

Cleage works in a variety of genres and her works include award-winning plays, bestselling novels and numerous columns, articles and essays for a wide variety of publications. Her first novel, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick and spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the author of 15 plays, including Flyin’ West, the most produced new American play in the country in 1994. Blues for an Alabama Sky was included in the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival and has been produced in multiple American theatres every year since it premiered at the Alliance in 1995. She is the author of eight novels, including Baby Brother’s Blues, which received an NAACP Image Award for Literature, I Wish I Had a Red Dress, Babylon Sisters, and Things I Never Thought I’d Do. Her memoir, Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs, was published by Simon and Schuster/ATRIA Books in April 2014.