( 1944- )
Marian X (Marian Warrington) was born in a taxi on the way to the hospital in Trenton, New Jersey. Although raised primarily by their father in Baltimore, Marian and her sister were frequently shuttled among various relatives. Marian's writing career can be traced to her role as official letter writer where she was not above embellishing the tale. When her father's spirit collapsed after his delicatessen was burned by a group of angry white men, Marian and her sister were placed in foster care. Marian was chosen to attend an integrated junior high school and was one of the token blacks at a girls' high school. At the age of fifteen she was recruited into the youth division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People where she "marched, picketed, sang my hope and righteous indignation." She won scholarships to several schools and eventually attended Morgan State University where she received a BA in English. Marian was married at the end of her freshman year and had two sons with her husband. However, she "never could get the hang of traditional marriage." After years of being a journal keeper and unpublished poet, she began her playwriting career with a graduate degree in theatre from Villanova University. In addition to her playwriting, Marian teaches English at the G. W. Carver High School for Engineering and Science in Philadelphia, and she has written Are You With Me Now?, a public service short for AIDS Films, Inc. She holds memberships in the Dramatists Guild, Sangoma (a collective of African American women theatre artists at the Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey), the Black Theater Network, and the Philadelphia Dramatists' Center.