Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), which has been in development at the Public Theater for several years, will be a co-production between A.R.T. and the Public.
Father Comes Home From the Wars was seen in earlier productions as part of the Public Lab in 2009 and 2014.
Directed by Jo Bonney, Father Comes Home From the Wars will be staged in New York City (Oct. 14-Nov. 16), prior to a January 2015 bow at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA.
The play is presented as part of A.R.T.'s Civil War Project, a multi-year initiative to investigate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
Here's how it's billed: "A devastatingly beautiful, dramatic work set over the course of the Civil War. Jo Bonney directs this moving and haunting drama comprised of three plays presented in a single performance. In Part 1, A Measure of 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. A masterful new work from one of our most lyrical and powerful writers, Father Comes Home from the Wars is a deeply personal epic about love and hope in a world of impossible choices."
Parks' work includes the revised book for the Tony Award-winning revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, as well as Topdog/Underdog, The Book of Grace and The America Play.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.