Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home from the Wars Opens at the Public Tonight

News   Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home from the Wars Opens at the Public Tonight
 
The Public Theater production of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' trilogy Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) officially opens Off-Broadway Oct. 28 after previews that began Oct. 14.

Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown Photo by Joan Marcus

The work 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 will run through Nov. 16.

The complete cast features Sterling K. Brown (Hero), Louis Cancelmi (Smith), Peter Jay Fernandez (Oldest Old Man), Jeremie Harris (Homer), Russell G. Jones (Leader, Runaway), Jenny Jules (Penny), Ken Marks (Colonel), Jacob 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."

The production has scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by ESOSA, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu and sound design and music supervision by Dan Moses Schreier.

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.

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