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Sandra Seaton is a playwright and librettist. Her libretto for the song cycle From the Diary of Sally Hemings, a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, won praise from The Washington Post for its “subtle, penetrating power.” In 2010 The Diary of Sally Hemings was released as a cd from White Pine Music with soprano Alyson Cambridge accompanied by pianist Lydia Brown. Opera News commented “The music teems with vitality, even in the slower numbers, and melds seamlessly with Seaton's libretto to create a rich, multi-hued inner life for this intriguing figure.” The Bridge Party, Seaton’s first play, has been anthologized in Strange Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women (1998). In 2008 her play The Will, a drama about a Black Tennessee family during Reconstruction, premiered in Idlewild, Michigan. In 2009 A Chance Meeting, based on a short story by Cyrus Colter, premiered at the Arthur Miller Theatre with actors Anthony Lucas and famed Met tenor George Shirley.    In 2010 Seaton’s Music History, a play about African American college students and the civil rights struggle of the early sixties, premiered at Michigan State University. Seaton’s solo play Sally was performed at Bucknell University in April 2012 as part of a media event titled Sally: A Montage.  In May 2012 Seaton will receive the Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. Sandra Seaton’s play The Will is scheduled to tour the Midwest beginning with a performance in February 2013 at Central Michigan University.  

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