“The dramatically compelling argument spins off sparks about stem cell research, race and the Human Genome Project. But the gripping heart of Cassandra Medley’s Relativity is a showdown between relatives in a battle of the umbilical cord… Relativity is a full-fledged drama bristling with challenging ideas and emotional complexity. It’s a brave play. Not only has Medley set her drama, as one character puts it “on the cut of the cutting edge” of research, but she’s also grappling with the very touchy subject of reverse racism… In Medley’s Relativity, passionate mass and intellectual energy equals pretty compelling drama.” – Robert Hurwitt (San Francisco Chronicle)
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A professor and a playwright, Cassandra Medley’s most recently produced plays include “American Slavery Project” (NYC), “Cell” (Molelo Theater, CA, and Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2011, NYC), “Daughter” (Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2009, NYC), “Noon Day Sun” (Diverse City Theatre Company, NYC), and “Relativity”, commissioned by Alfred P. Sloane Foundation (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC).
In 2004, she received the Life Achievement Award “Going to the River Writers”, the 2002 Ensemble Studio Theatre 25th Anniversary Award for Theatre Excellence, the 2001 Theatrefest Regional Playwriting Award for Best Play, the 1995 New Professional Theatre Award, and the 1995 Marilyn Simpson Award. She was a 1989 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in Playwriting and won the 1990 National Endowment for the Arts Playwright Award. She was also the 1986 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and a New York State Council on the Arts Grant for 1987.
She teaches playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, has taught at New York University, and has also served as guest artist at Columbia University, the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Seattle University.
Medley has worked as a staff writer for ABC Television in “One Life to Live”, between 1995 and 1997.
She is a playwright member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New River Dramatists and of the Dramatists Guild.