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The America Play - Full Length Play

The America Play

Suzan-Lori Parks

Full Length Play

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822214236

Once upon a time there was a theme park called the Great Hole of Histo…

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America Play and Other Works, The

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A powerful and provocative theater piece ruminating on black identity, theater and American history. What is it like to have your identity as a black American forever linked to, and displaced by, prominent images from white history that seem to be about you, but aren't? Is there a way for the theater to write originally about black experience? Suzan-Lori Parks distills and stages these questions haunted-house style, with daunting intellectual and emotion results. "Is there a more generous, compelling talent on either side of the Atlantic than Suzan-Lori Parks? She's the natural heir to Beckett (and the only playwright worthy of the accolade)…Within the dramatist's playfulness and punning and Joycean delight in language—between the spoken lines, in a startling fresh image or the ricocheting echo of a gunshot—is an entire, tragic universe. She has written the most staggering American play imaginable." —NY Observer.


3m, 2f

Suzan-Lori Parks

Suzan-Lori Parks

Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” in 2002 Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hit TOPDOG/UNDERDOG. A MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, she has also been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the New York State Council ... view full profile

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