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Parks brings a powerful African American female perspective to contemporary avant-garde theater--or perhaps it's the other way around. This volume covers her career from its beginning in the mid-1980s up to 1994. All the works are audacious. Black history, black culture and the supernatural collide in The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World. In The America Play, a black man travels the U.S. reenacting the assassination of Abraham Lincoln over and over, as other characters try to extricate themselves from the giant pit of history (and to figure out how they got into it). This volume includes the euphoniously titled Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, Betting on the Dust Commander, Pickling, and Devotees in the Garden of Love.

About the Author

One of the contemporary American theater's most innovative wordsmiths. Her plays include: Topdog/Underdog (2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer-nominee), Fucking A, Venus (OBIE Award), The America Play and Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (OBIE Award, Best New American Play). She is also a screenwriter, novelist, and MacArthur "Genius" grantee.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (November 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559360925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559360920
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book contains plays written by Suzan-Lori Parks. I had to read this for a class, and we dived deep into the metaphors, language, and imagery. It is a very interesting read, full of dynamic. It really stretches your imagination.
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This is one of those books that changed the way I thought. It has stuck with me as one of the most amazing books I've encountered. I started reading it because the title play was assigned in my "Modern Tragedy and Metatheater" class... but I ended up reading the whole thing cover to cover because I'd never encountered anything like it. Parks has such a gift with language--and she uses that gift to tackle important and complex subject matter in radical new ways.

I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in post-modernism, theater (meta-theater in particular), or oppression studies.
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It's pretty great and interesting, a great add to the collection.
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She's a fantastic writer. Wonderful dialogue.
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