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Parks, Suzan-Lori

Works: 118 works in 320 publications in 5 languages and 16,139 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Made-for-TV movies  Television adaptations  Historical films  Domestic drama  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Adapter, Contributor, Author of introduction, Composer, Scenarist, Interviewee, Narrator
Classifications: PS3566.A736, 812.54
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Most widely held works by Suzan-Lori Parks
Topdog/underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

33 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, names given to them as a joke by their father. Haunted by the past and their obsession with the street con game, three-card monte, the brothers come to learn the true nature of their history
Getting mother's body : a novel by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learning that a company plans to dig up the area where her mother is buried, supposedly with a cache of jewels, Billy Beede, poor and pregnant, heads for Arizona to rescue her mother's body and search for the jewels that could bring her a new life
Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the mores of her small town
The America play, and other works by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Parks has burst through every known convention to invent a new theatrical language, like a jive Samuel Beckett, while exploding American cultural myths and stereotypes along the way ... She's passionate and jokey and some kind of genius."--Vogue
Venus : a play by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

24 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and French and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using the metaphor of a carnival freak-show, Suzan-Lori Parks finds poetry and comedy, as well as drama and meaning, in one of the most embarrassing episodes in our collective history: the life of the Venus Hottentot, a South African woman who, due in part to her enormous posterior, was exhibited in a cage throughout Europe and exploited professionally by the doctor who loved her.--Publisher description
365 days/365 plays by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On November 13, 2002, the author decided to write a play every day for a year. She began that same day. The result, completed exactly one year later, is this collection of 365 plays
The red letter plays by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two plays expanding on Hawthorne's classic novel "The scarlet letter." In the blood: Hester La Negrita, an unapologetic mother of five illegitimate children, practices writing the alphabet to help herself "one day get a leg up." Fucking A: Hester Smith works the only job available to her, as an abortionist to the lower class, in order to save for a reunion picnic with her imprisoned son
The fire this time : African-American plays for the 21st century( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Getting mother's body : [a novel] by Suzan-Lori Parks( Recording )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learning that a company plans to dig up the area where her mother is buried, supposedly with a cache of jewels, Billy Beede, poor and pregnant, heads for Arizona to rescue her mother's body and search for the jewels that could bring her a new life
In the blood by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this modern day riff on The Scarlet Letter, Hester La Negrita, a homeless mother of five, lives with her kids on the tough streets of the inner city. Her eldest child is teaching her how to read and write, but the letter "A" is, so far, the only letter she knows. Her five kids are named Jabber, Bully, Trouble, Beauty and Baby, and the characters are played by adult actors who double as five other people in Hester's life: her ex-boyfriend, her social worker, her doctor, her best friend and her minister. While Hester's kids fill her life with joy--lovingly comical moments amid the harsh world of poverty--the adults with whom she comes into contact only hold her back. Nothing can stop the play's tragic end."--Publisher's description
Father comes home from the wars : parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The stunning first installment of a new American Odyssey, set over the course of the Civil War, and penned by Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog). Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise. As his decision brings him face-to-face with a nation at war with itself, the loved ones Hero left behind debate whether to escape or wait for his return, only to discover that for Hero, free will may have come at a great spiritual cost. A devastatingly beautiful dramatic work filled with music, wit and great lyricism, Father Comes Home From the Wars is an epic tale about holding on to who we are and what we love in a country that both brings us together and rips us apart. Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) enjoyed its world premiere production in October-December 2014, Off-Broadway at The Public Theater. It received rave reviews and was extended twice. The world premiere production will be seen at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, beginning January 2015. Praise for Father Comes Home From the Wars: "By turns philosophical and playful, lyrical and earthy, Suzan-Lori Parks's new play, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), swoops, leaps, dives and soars across three endlessly stimulating hours, reimagining a turbulent turning point in American history through a cockeyed contemporary lens ... The finest work yet from this gifted writer ... [It] just be the best new play I've seen all year ... The wonder of Ms. Parks's achievement is how smoothly she blends the high and the low, the serious and the humorous, the melodramatic and the grittily realistic; [she has] a voice that can transform blunt, vernacular language into fluid, flowing free verse."--Charles Isherwood, New York Times"A nine-part serial whose first three parts are now being produced ... Can one-third of something already be a masterpiece? Seems like it to me ... People long for stories that engage the deepest possible issues in the most gripping possible ways. Father Comes Home From the Wars is one of those stories -- or maybe more than one." - Jesse Green, New York Magazine "Brilliant, beautiful ... With this vibrant freestanding trilogy ... Parks has achieved something that engages with a bold theatricality both lyrical and raw, without sacrificing any of her thematic ambition or her structural and intellectual complexity. Each of the three parts thrums with its own vitality [and they] form a mutually invigorating whole. Parks' incomparable command of percussive vernacular is no surprise, and her dialogue here might just as easily be sung. This haunting work is funny and tragic, whimsical and lacerating, poetic and poignant, navigating its radical tonal shifts with fluidity and grace ... If Parks can sustain her sprawling project at this level as it moves forward, there's every reason to hope it will ultimately become no less significant and emotionally resonant an undertaking than August Wilson's ten-play Century Cycle." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter "The best new play of the year ... It is bold, hugely entertaining, moving and thrillingly ambitious. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks bids fair to create a sprawling multi-part epic to plant alongside August Wilson's monumental Century Cycle, one of the great achievements in theater history. Parts 4 through 9 (? or more?) can't come fast enough for me." - Michael Giltz, Huffington Post "--
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin( Recording )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revered for its legendary score by George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, Porgy and Bess has been reimagined and reinvigorated for the modern stage by a team that includes Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, musical adapter Diedre L. Murray and director Diane Paulus. It's the New Broadway Cast Recording of one of the most beloved works of the American musical theatre
Girl 6 by Spike Lee( Visual )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A frustrated actress takes a job as a phone sex operator. But when she discovers her natural gift for aural pleasure, she becomes a different woman ... Even if she loves being every man's fantasy, can she ultimately handle her own reality?"--Container
The Best American Short Plays, 1991-1992( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

August Wilson Century cycle by August Wilson( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book of grace by Suzan-Lori Parks( )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""[Suzan-Lori Parks'] dislocating stage devices, stark but poetic language and fiercely idiosyncratic images transform her work into something haunting and marvelous."--Time "An original whose fierce intelligence and fearless approach to craft subvert theatrical convention and produce a mature and inimitable art that is as exciting as it is fresh."-August Wilson Named one of the "100 Innovators for the Next New Wave" by Time magazine, Suzan-Lori Parks is a truly original voice of the American theater. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur "Genius" Award, Parks is renowned for her groundbreaking language, theatricality, and an aesthetic that continues to evolve in unexpected ways. Her first full-length play since her award-winning Topdog/Underdog, The Book of Grace is a scorching three-person drama in which a young man returns home to south Texas to confront his father, unearthing deep-seated passions and ambition. The play premiered in spring 2010 at the Public Theater, where Parks is in the midst of a three-year residency as the first recipient of the theater's master writer chair. Suzan-Lori Parks is a playwright, screenwriter, songwriter, and novelist. Her plays include Topdog/Underdog (winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize), In the Blood (a 2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Venus (OBIE Award winner) and Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (OBIE Award, Best New American Play)."--
Beloved by Toni Morrison( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Their eyes were watching God (ca. 113 min.): A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the mores of her small town
The America play by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once upon a time there was a theme park called the Great Hole of History. It was a popular spot for honeymooners who, in search of "post-nuptial excitement," would visit this hole and watch the daily historical parades. One of these visitors was a man who has now come to call himself The Foundling Father. He was a digger by trade--a grave digger--and he was struck by the size of the Hole and the pageantry of the place. He returns home with his wife, Lucy, a woman who keeps secrets for the dead, and together they start a mourning business. Unfortunately, our hero can't get the Great Hole pageantry out of his head; the echoes of history speak to him and call him to greatness. At rise we meet this Foundling Father. He has left his wife and child and gone out west to dig a huge replica of the Great Hole of History. In the hole sits our hero. He is dressed like Abraham Lincoln, complete with beard, wart, frock coat and stove pipe hat. He tells us the story of his own life (in the third person) and tells us that he has become a very successful Abraham Lincoln impersonator! He's so successful that people actually pay a penny to re-enact Lincoln's assassination, using our impostor-hero and a phony gun. Eventually the Father dies, and the second act sees his wife Lucy and thrity-five-year-old son, Brazil, a professional weeper, visit the hole to dig for his Father's remains. Listening to the past through her deaf-horn, Lucy hears echoes of gunshots and lurid stage-shows. When they dig up the Foundling Father's body (he's alive) they decide they have to lay him to rest for good. In the play's last image, his son is trying to climb a ladder out of the Hole of History while the Foundling Father sits starkly on his own coffin, refusing burial."--Publisher's description
Women in theatre : Dialogues with notable women in American theatre( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These thirteen interviews are from a unique television series that highlights the accomplishments of women on the American stage. Hosted by Newsday theatre critic Linda Winer, the playwrights, directors, designers, producers, and performers interviewed on the programs encompass generational, disciplinary and ethnic diversity; they share their thoughts and vision, their career paths and professional choices. The interviews afford to a wider audience a unique look into the lives of some of the gifted women who create and sustain theatre in the United States
Suzan-Lori Parks in person : interviews and commentaries by Suzan-Lori Parks( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"This collection of interviews with and by Suzan-Lori Parks offers unprecedented insight into her work, method and dramaturgy, as well as being an important commentary on contemporary theater and playwriting, from jazz and opera to politics and cultural memory. Suzan-Lori Parks in Person contains 18 interviews, some previously untranscribed or specially undertaken for this book, as well as commentaries on her work by major directors and critics, including Liz Diamond, Richard Foreman and Leah Gardiner. These contributions combine to honor the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in drama, and explore her ideas about theater, history, race, and gender. Material from a wide range of sources chronologically charts Parks' career from the 1990s to the present. This is a major collection with immediate relevance to students of American/African-American theater, literature and culture. Parks' engaging voice is brought to the fore throughout, making the book essential for undergraduates as well as scholars"--
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Getting mother's body : a novel
Alternative Names
Lori-Parks, Suzan

Suzan-Lori Parks Amerikaans scenarioschrijfster

Suzan-Lori Parks amerikansk manusforfattar

Suzan-Lori Parks amerikansk manusförfattare

Suzan-Lori Parks amerikansk manusforfatter

Suzan-Lori Parks amerikansk manuskriptforfatter

Suzan-Lori Parks écrivaine américaine

Suzan-Lori Parks escritora estadounidense

Suzan-Lori Parks scrittrice, drammaturga e sceneggiatrice statunitense

Suzan-Lori Parks shkrimtare amerikane

Suzan-Lori Parks US-amerikanische Dramatikerin und Pulitzer-Preisträgerin

Сьюзен-Лори Паркс

פרקס, סוזן־לורי

פרקס, סוזן־לורי סופרת אמריקאית

سوزان لوری پارکز فیلمنامه‌نویس آمریکایی


English (211)

German (3)

French (3)

Japanese (1)

Hebrew (1)

Getting mother's body : a novelThe America play, and other worksVenus : a play365 days/365 playsThe red letter playsThe fire this time : African-American plays for the 21st centuryGetting mother's body : [a novel]In the blood