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CELESTE BEDFORD WALKER

Born: Houston, Texas
Nationality: American
Gender: Female
Occupation: Writer
                                                                                                        

STAGE PLAYS                                                                                                        

  • Black Spurs (2011)
  • Shared Secrets (Adaptation) (2011)
  • The Eddie Thomas Story (2010)
  • Memoirs of a Would Be Black Militant (2009)
  • I, Barbara Jordon (2008)
  • Sassy Mamas (2007)
  • Sassafras Girls (2003)
  • Harlem After Hours (2003)
  • The Red Blood of War (2002)
  • Piccolo Sergeant (2002)
  • Distant Voices (1997)
  • Praise the Lord, and Raise the Roof (1996)
  • Noble Lofton, Buffalo Soldier (1995)
  • Brothers, Sisters, Husbands and Wives (1993)
  • Over Forty (1989)
  • Camp Logan, (1987)
  • Reunion in Bartersville (1983)
  • Adam and Eve, Revisited  (1982)
  • The Wreckin’ Ball (1983)   
  • Once in a Wife Time, (1979) (formerly Sister, Sister)     

SCREENPLAYS/FILM/VIDEO

  • Barbara Jordan Documentary (Writer, Project Mgr.) (2011)
  • Juanita Moore Documentary (Writer)
  • The Butterfly Girls (Writer, interactive web game) (2010)
  • Sam Cooke Story (Story Editor) (2010)
  • Reunion in Bartersville Pilot (Treatment)(2009)
  • Men of Bronze (Dialogue Polish) (1991)
  • Camp Logan(Screenplay) (2001)
  • The Boule (Writer, Video) (1996)
  • Medipaid Girls (Writer, Feature film) (1995)
  • Community Kitchen (Writer, Video) (1991)

PUBLICATIONS/ARTICLES (Listed in)

  • Texas Playwrights Anthology (University TX Press)
  • Texas Women Writers (TX A&M Press)
  • Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trials & Triumphs
  • New York Times Theater Review
  • Theater Yearbook: The Complete Broadway and Off-Broadway Sourcebook
  • Theater World
  • Women in Theatre (Wrote article)

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • NAACP Image Award
  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (Finalist)
  • AUDELCO Award
  • August Wilson Playwriting Award
  • Lucy Baines Johnson Bluebonnet Award (Women Who Did)
  • Ensemble Theatre Texas Playwrights Award
  • NEA and NEH Grants
  • Houston Arts Alliance Grants 

 

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FULL- LENGTH PLAYS by Celeste Bedford Walker 

Synopsises and Reviews

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CAMP LOGAN.  Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Play. The riveting true story of the mutiny of an all black regiment stationed in Houston, TX in 1917. “…forceful, well crafted.” – N.Y. Times. “A textbook example of how to entertain an audience.”  –Washington Post.  “…A thoughtful, sympathetic depiction of a little known, hair-raising, fascinating episode of military history.” – Chicago Tribune.

 

I, BARBARA JORDAN. Originally commissioned by The Alley Theatre. Celebrates the remarkable life and career of the eminent Texas orator, legislator and teacher.

 

DISTANT VOICES.  Finalist in the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.  This enchanted theatrical collage chronicles the lives of souls buried in Houston’s Freedman Cemetery.

“…pure joy…magical – Houston’s News Pages.  

“Distant Voices is appealing and affecting, boasting a surprising abundance of energy, humor and folksy charm.” – Houston Chronicle

 

BROTHERS, SISTERS, HUSBANDS AND WIVES. A fast paced comedy drama about the unique bond between four siblings of mixed heritage. In a single explosive weekend at the wealthy oldest brother’s Florida beach house, they transform general dysfunctionalism into rejuvenation, hope, and love through the strength of each individual’s commitment to the family as a whole.

“Be prepared to laugh at vividly drawn characters.” -  Houston Post

"lively…funny…potent…explosive!” – Houston Chronicle

“Spellbinding…tightly written.” – Houston’s News Pages

 

PRAISE THE LORD AND RAISE THE ROOF.  A foot stomping gospel comedy musical about racial healing. Performed at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

“…inspirational evening of great gospel singing that will start your adrenaline pumping…plenty of spirit and sheer vocal power.” – Houston Chronicle

 

ONCE IN A WIFETIME.  Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Play in a Special Category.  This hilarious 1970’s comedy about polygamy played to sold out houses in Los Angeles for 3 ½ years. 

“…Wall to wall laughter, a real crowd pleaser.” – Hollywood Reporter  

“…a fast moving comedy, practically flawless  – Dramalogue

“…vigorous social satire” – N.Y. Times

 

REUNION IN BARTERSVILLE.  In this award winning comedy/mystery, the Bartersville High School class is celebrating its 50th reunion when an unexpected guest turns their gaiety into an evening of heart-stopping, hilarious suspense.

“…Enough comedy to make a corpse laugh!” – Los Angeles Weekly (Pick of the Week)

“…an uproariously good time.” – N.Y. Times  

“…An absolutely enthralling play!” – N.Y. Amsterdam News

 

OVER FORTY, A jazzy musical about four very different women who are not quite ready

to slam the door on their youth. .. “Over Forty has a powerful message.” – Phila. Daily News

“A charming musical – N.Y. Times. 

“Vulnerability with comedy is Ms. Walker’s special talent.” - Houston Chronicle

 

HARLEM AFTER HOURS.  A remarkable musical revue about the social and cultural phenomenon of the 1920’s called The Harlem Renaissance. In a panoramic mix of unforgettable music, brilliant literature and exotic dance, today’s audience gets to enjoy Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, and many other greats.

…creative, colorful, guaranteed to run again and again” – The Houston Sun

 

SASSY MAMAS. This colorful romantic comedy explores the “Cougar” phenomenon and the dynamics between sexes when women know what they want and how to get it.

"Sassy Mamas is great fun!”  - Amsterdam News.

“Sassy Mamas is hot!…complexity of relationships and the chemistry is captivating!” - Express Milwaukee

 

THE WRECKIN’ BALL. A drama about the uprooting of a Black community through urban renewal.