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Parra is an award-winning playwright who has received national acclaim for several of his plays, including the current Off-Broadway play The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith. He teaches theatre and playwriting at SUNY Rockland. Parra is the founder and director of the Hudson Valley Professional Playwrights Lab and president of the board of Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point, New York.
Parra's The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, the life-story musical about the jazz and blues singer from the 1920s and 1930s, began performances June 7 at St. Luke's Theatre. Conceived and directed by Joe Brancato, the production stars Miche Braden as Bessie Smith, whose career was cut short by a car crash in 1937.
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