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The anthology Suzan-Lori Parks: Essays on the Plays and Other Works offers new perspectives to the growing body of scholarship about Parks’s artistic achievements. The text features a contextualizing preface and twelve new essays about her plays, novel, and screenplays. It also contains two new interviews, one with Parks herself and another with her longtime friend and collaborator, director Liz Diamond, as well as a timeline featuring major productions of her works from her first play reading in 1984, to projects anticipated for future production on stage and screen. While Parks’s works, and works on Parks are widely anthologized in other collections, this group of offerings reaches back to early works such as Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1989), and forward to the most recent and radically inclusive project 365 Days/365 Plays (2006-07). In doing so, this text provides a scope and perspective not heretofore achieved in other texts dedicated to Suzan-Lori Parks.


This article was originally published in African American Review, volume 45, issue 4, in 2013.

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Johns Hopkins University Press