Suzan-Lori Parks in Person: Interviews and Commentaries

Suzan-Lori Parks in Person: Interviews and Commentaries

by Philip C Kolin
     
 

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This collection of interviews offers unprecedented insight into the plays and creative works of Suzan-Lori Parks, 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

Overview

This collection of interviews offers unprecedented insight into the plays and creative works of Suzan-Lori Parks, 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, plus commentaries on her work by major directors and critics, including Liz Diamond, Richard Foreman, Bonnie Metzgar and Beth Schachter. 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’s 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’s engaging voice is brought to the fore, making the book essential for undergraduates as well as scholars.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Will definitely fill a wide and gaping lacuna in this field of theatre scholarship.' - Dr Alison Forsythe, University of Aberystwyth, UK

'This volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in American Drama.' - Soyica Colbert, Dartmouth College, UK

'This collection will serve as a very helpful co-text for readers of Parks’s notoriously “difficult” plays, as it gives background and context, as well as possible readings of some of the more cryptic lines and figures.' - Deborah Thompson, Colorado State University, Modern Drama

'Suzan-Lori Parks in Person: Interviews and Commentaries is an essential addition to dramatic literary scholarship, in that it provides a textured, critical—if penultimate—interactive means through which to meet Parks, as a dramatist, a thinker, and as a person whose work continues to probe human relations historically and presently, thoughtfully and dynamically.' - Jaye Austin Williams, California State University, Long Beach, Text & Presentation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415624930
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/15/2013
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
'Will definitely fill a wide and gaping lacuna in this field of theatre scholarship.' - Dr Alison Forsythe, University of Aberystwyth, UK

'This volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in American Drama.' - Soyica Colbert, Dartmouth College, UK

Meet the Author

Philip C. Kolin is the University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. He has published more than 40 books and 200 articles and is the editor of the Southern Quarterly.

Harvey Young is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Northwestern University. His books include Theatre & Race (2013) and Embodying Black Experience (2010).

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