Parks' The Book of Grace Opens at the Public March 17

News   Parks' The Book of Grace Opens at the Public March 17
The Public Theater world premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks' volatile Texas-set family-reunion play, The Book of Grace, starring Elizabeth Marvel, officially opens Off-Broadway March 17 after previews from March 2.
The Book of Grace star Elizabeth Marvel
The Book of Grace star Elizabeth Marvel Photo by Joan Marcus

James Macdonald, who staged Caryl Churchill's Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? at the Public and also directed Marvel in Top Girls on Broadway, directs the latest work by Pulitzer Prize winner Parks. The Off-Broadway performances play to April 4. Marvel (Broadway's Top Girls, Seascape) plays the title role of a diner waitress in a troubled marriage who journals her hopes and dreams, with Amari Cheatom (Signature's Zooman and the Sign) as her son and John Doman ("The Wire") as her menacing husband.

The Book of Grace, according to the Public, is "a family portrait shattered by issues of rage, revenge, power and betrayal. When a young man returns home to South Texas to confront his father, everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival. At once fiercely intimate and explosive, The Book of Grace weaves the story of three people bound together by love and longing, passion and ambition."

Designing the production are Eugene Lee (scenic design), Susan Hilferty (costume design), Jean Kalman (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (sound design) and Jeff Sugg (projection and video design).

Parks is a Pulitzer Prize winner for her play Topdog/Underdog, which was produced at The Public. Her other works include Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 8 & 9), 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.

For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

John Doman and Amari Cheatom
John Doman and Amari Cheatom
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