Jo Bonney (subUrbia, All That I Will Ever Be) directs the multimedia work that runs through June 28. The Public LAB production is the latest play from Parks, who is currently the master writer chair in residence at the Public Theater. Parks heads a cast that also features Nicole Beharie, Seth Gilliam, Patrice Johnson, James McDaniel, Joan MacIntosh, Lucas Papaelias and Frederick Weller.
Press notes for the work state, "Parks takes the stage to play the role of our guide leading through a multimedia epic tale about slavery, war, freedom, and the difficulty of family ties. Part I tells the story of Penny, a slave, awaiting her husband’s return from the Civil War while resisting her own desire to flee with a band of runaway slaves. Parts 8 & 9, set in present day, follow a Poet-General struggling with the reality of his impending death while he plans his annual celebration for the army troops."
Suzan-Lori Parks is a Pulitzer Prize winner for her play Topdog/Underdog, which was produced at The Public. Her other works include Fucking A, 365 Days/365 Plays, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, The America Play, Venus, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World and In the Blood, among others.
A collaboration between the Public and LAByrinth Theater Company, the Public LAB offers theatregoers the opportunity to witness developing work from emerging and established playwrights. The swiftly rehearsed, stripped-down presentations are presented for only $10.
For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.