Suzan-Lori Parks to Stage Her Texas-Set Drama The Book of Grace in Austin

News   Suzan-Lori Parks to Stage Her Texas-Set Drama The Book of Grace in Austin
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks will direct the Texas premiere of her play The Book of Grace, which will debut June 2 at the Zach Theatre in Austin, TX.

The Public Theater staged the world premiere of Parks' volatile Texas-set family-reunion play Off-Broadway in spring 2010. Parks will now take the helm of her work, which will officially open June 4.

Parks has revisited the piece since its Public Theater debut. The Zach production will ultimately reflect the published version of The Book of Grace.

The principal cast includes Eugene Lee, Nadine Mozon and Shaun Patrick Tubbs.

Here's how the Zach bills the work: "A South Texas family breaks through familial borders when a young man named Buddy is encouraged by his stepmother Grace to return home and reunite with his father Vet, a border patrol agent. The prodigal son confronts his father, and fences are erected as everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival. At once fiercely intimate and explosive, this surprising and truly original play finds three people bound together by longing, passion and ambition."

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. She is currently at work on a new adaptation of Porgy and Bess, which will debut at the American Repertory Theater this August starring Audra McDonald. For tickets phone (512) 476-0541 or visit ZachTheatre.

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