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Playwright imagines Maya Angelou's 'Last Poem'

Playwright imagines Maya Angelou's 'Last Poem'

Maya Angelou's life and writings deeply affected many people. One of them was Tim Rhoze, artistic director of Evanston's Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre. Rhoze celebrates the late poet and activist in his new play, "Maya's Last Poem," opening Aug. 8. Rhoze recalled reading Angelou's book, "Why the Caged Bird Sings," when he was a teenager. He was drawn to all of her writings because of "her prolific way of putting her human truth on paper." But he was more inspired by "what she did as an activist, as a teacher, as a public speaker," Rhoze said. "We're talking about a woman who had numerous honorary doctorate degrees and...

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