"A big-hearted, beautifully detailed story, chronicling how one mother and son grew closer amid unspeakable tragedy and the upheaval of a nation.
Coleman's story is an important footnote to American history, one that highlights how the pursuit of justice--even amid tragedy and in the face of evil--can transform lives in profound and powerful ways."
--Dean Bakopoulos, author of My American Unhappiness
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He challenged Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and J. Edgar Hoover in the 1960s. He managed Chicago's premiere music venue in the 1970s. He headed Chicago's gay men's health clinic in the height of the 1980s AIDS epidemic. He dragged the convention and travel industry kicking and screaming into the use of technology in the 1980s and 90s, and he introduced the industry to the word 'diversity'. In the early 21st century he built his own outdoor black-box theatre, where he premiered more than 30 new plays by American playwrights.
Coleman is the author of an award-winning memoir (SPOKE) a collection of plays (FAUX POE) and a novel (KIDNAPPING HENRY KISSINGER). His plays have received multiple productions, including the 2018 premieres of A CONTEST OF WILLS and his adaptation for the stage of Sagashus' Levingston's INFAMOUS MOTHERS. (He also served as editor for the book INFAMOUS MOTHERS.)
He received a Literary Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Council and is a three-time recipient of an artist-community collaboration grant from the Wisconsin Arts Council. He teaches writing workshops for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and Playwrights Ink (Madison).
November 8 - November 24
Premiere of Coleman's new play
Strollers Theatre at the Bartell - Madison, WI
Two of Coleman's monologues - Cuban Poetry & Enough Trouble in the World - were produced by Forward Theatre. His short play, Artificial Intelligence, was produced by Arc Theatre, Chicago. Brooms Street Theatre premiered his new play A Contest of Wills in 2018, and Strollers Theatre will premiere his new adaptation of Sagashus T. Levingston's Infamous Mothers - also in 2018.
Coleman and his husband live in the country in rural Wisconsin