Adrienne Kennedy (BS '53, DRH '03) is featured on the cover of American Theatre. In addition to publishing her latest script, the critically-acclaimed He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, the magazine also includes an interview with Kennedy and tributes to her influence as an artist and writing teacher.
Kennedy's works, loosely autobiographical, explore racism and violence in America through symbolic and highly surrealistic theatrical forms. She is best known for Funnyhouse of a Negro (1964), which won an Obie Award. She also received Obie Awards for June and Jean in Concert and Sleep Deprivation Chamber, both in 1996. Ohio State Theatre produced the latter in 2003 in the department's 1st collaboration with ACCAD. Kennedy has also received an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Rockefeller Foundation grants, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and numerous other awards.
Kennedy has written 18 plays, several autobiographies, a novella, and a short story. She turned 87 last week.