Poet and novelist Jewelle Gomez is the author of The Gilda Stories, about black lesbian vampires. She has spent the past few years working on a play, Waiting for Giovanni, which is currently running at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. It was inspired by author James Baldwin's second novel, Giovanni's Room, about an American in Paris who has an affair with a man he meets at a gay bar. Gomez, who knows a little something about being told not to write about certain subjects, wanted to explore what it might have been like for Baldwin when he published his controversial book in 1956. We spoke with Gomez recently about the play.
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