Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks to Perform From her Work in Goodhart

Posted October 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm.

parksPulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks will perform her work at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Bryn Mawr College’s Goodhart Theater as part of the 2009-10 Creative Writing Program Reading Series.

The Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series is free and open to the public.

Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most exciting and acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog and is a MacArthur “genius” award recipient.

“My lectures aren’t your typical writer-behind-the-podium evening—audiences call them ‘the Suzan-Lori Parks show,’” says Parks of her readings, which can best be described as part performance, part storytelling and always high-energy, with an inspired sense of humor.

In 2007 her project 365 Plays/365 Days was produced in over 700 theaters worldwide, creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history. In addition to Topdog/Underdog, Parks’ plays include In the Blood, Venus (a 1996 OBIE Award winner), The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (the 1990 OBIE Award winner for Best New American Play), and The America Play.

Parks’ screenplays include Girl 6 and The Great Debaters. Her first novel is Getting Mother’s Body, and she has also written a musical, Ray Charles Live!

Parks’ reading is made possible by the Miriam Schultz Grunfeld Lectureship Fund.

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