Three theatre companies, including Rebel Theater company, HERE Arts Center and Pig Iron Theatre Company, are scheduled to present their interpretations of Parks' work, which will culminate in a performance at the Public Theater, where Parks' final 365th play will be presented.
In 2002 Suzan-Lori Parks conceptualized writing one play a day for an entire year – the result was the play cycle 365 Days/365 Plays in which some plays are no more than a page long, while others are more fully realized. The grass roots play cycle is currently being produced nationwide by over 600 participating theatres.
The Public Theater, which leads the New York component of 365 Days/365 Plays, gathered 65 theatre companies who offered their unique interpretations of Parks' work at venues across the city during the past year.
Rebel Theater Company furthers its mission of establishing high-quality theatrical productions through diversity by incorporating non-traditional actors, directors and stage managers in its 365 presentation (Oct. 15–21).
HERE Arts Center produces its 365 week in a variety of spaces throughout the center, including bathrooms, hallways and the sidewalks outside (Oct. 22-28). The Pig Iron Theatre Company works with well-known theatre artist Cynthia Hopkins to devise an "innovative and startling staging" for their 365 week, incorporating an original musical score (Oct. 29–Nov. 4).
Finally, on Nov. 12 at 7 PM, after week-long performances of the final plays in the cycle, the Public Theater will present the culmination of the 365 Days/365 Plays project in a production of the cycle's 365th play directed by Joanna Settle (In Darfur).
A complete schedule for 365 Days/365 Plays is available by visiting www.publictheater.org/365/schedule4.php.
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, 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.
Information regarding Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays is available at www.365days365plays.com.