She acted and directed Ntozake Shange's play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow was Enuf" in a Bonnie Franklin's Classic Contemporary American Play production at the The Century City Playhouse Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Dawn Lewis, Iona Morris, Iris Little Thomas and Portia Realer in ...
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I feel it is vital to understand your own culture because the history that you are defines, in a great sense, who you can be in the present time. I find that so very often, as an African-American woman, who I am is being defined by other people rather than myself.
In 1990, with the help of Phylicia Rashad
of "Cosby" fame, James Stovall
, Hattie and her husband, composer Harold Wheeler
adapted Langston Hughes
"Black Nativity" at The Master Theater in New York. The off-Broadway production, entitled "Nativity: A Life Story," won five New York Audelco Awards, including Best Director for Stovall and Ms. Winston and Best Musical for the 1990-1991 season.