Other literary forms
Although Claudia Rankine (RAHN-keen) is best known for her poetry, she has collaborated with Melanie Joseph, the artistic director of New York’s Foundry Theater, to create a play called The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue (pr., pb. 2009). This performance piece was researched and written through a grant from the New Play Development Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and was developed from interviews conducted throughout the New York City borough. As a hybrid and mobile piece, the play has audience members board a bus that takes them through the South Bronx. In transit, playgoers witness live “happenings” and listen on headphones to actors performing Rankine’s narrative. In addition to playwriting, Rankine has worked on screenplays for collaborative film essays with her husband, photographer John Lucas.