The trilogy, which is presented in a single evening, was seen in earlier developmental productions at the Public Lab in 2009 and spring 2014. Jo Bonney, who directed the previous incarnations of the work, returns to helm the production that opens Oct. 28 for a run through Nov. 16.
The complete cast features Brown (Hero), Cancelmi (Smith), Peter Jay Fernandez (Oldest Old Man), Jeremie Harris (Homer), Russell G. Jones (Leader, Runaway), Jenny Jules (Penny), Ken Marks (Colonel), Ming-Trent (Fourth, Odyssey Dog), Tonye Patano (Third Runaway) and Julian Rozzell Jr. (Second, Runaway).
Here's how the Public bills the works: "In Part 1, A Measure of the Man, Hero, a slave who is accustomed to his master’s lies, must now decide whether to join him on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, The Battle in the Wilderness follows Hero and the Colonel as they lead a captured Union solider toward the Confederate lines as the cannons approach. Finally, in Part 3, The Union of My Confederate Parts, the loved ones Hero left behind question whether to escape or wait for his return - only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost."
Parks won the Pulitzer Prize for her play Topdog/Underdog. She also penned the new adaptation for the Tony-winning revival of Porgy and Bess. For more on Parks' theatrical history, visit the Playbill Vault. For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.