Performance Poet Lorraine Stone appears as Sojourner Truth, Feb. 8, 2009
Lorraine Stone, performance poet, is a native of asbury park, N.J, currently residing in Eatontown. Lorraine got her start on stage as a child at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Asbury, reciting poetry for church functions. There she discovered the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, as recited by a church member, who knew all of Dunbar's poems written in dialect. By 16 she was on her way to becoming a "Performance Poet,” performing at many local churches.
Those early days laid the groundwork for the creation of her one-woman show, "Words, Rhythms and Love,” first presented in Asbury Park, in 1998. She has been featured in many productions of the Dunbar Repertory Company, including her role as Bessie Delany in "Having Our Say; the Delany Sisters First 100 Years” and Lena Younger, in "Raisin in the Sun." Most recently she appeared as the Lady in Orange, in the Essex County College production of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf"
As "The Wisdomkeeper", the name of her performance company, her greatest roles are her portrayals of historic and heroic African American women, such as Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. She brings these and others to life in schools, libraries, churches and historical societies. As a Perfomance Poet, Lorraine presents the works of such African American poets as James Weldon Johnson, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes.Lorraine is also a member of M’Zume Carnaval, a percussion ensemble presenting carnival rhythms from Brazil, Africa and Cuba and performed with of Grupo Iwa Dada, African Dance Company for many years.
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