The writing of ‘Topdog’ was a great gift. I feel the play came to me because I realized that my circumstances, while causing me despair and heartbreak, also held great possibility, if only I could see it.
My plays aren't stylistically the same. Just being an African-American woman playwright on Broadway is experimental.
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The problem for me is being labeled anything. People assume, ‘Oh, she is interested in language.’ So when we notice she’s interested in character, then she’s made a big change, instead of, ‘she’s always been interested in character.’ If we can allow painters to have different periods… then we can allow playwrights to have different periods, too.
My plays are for the kind of black people who relate to funk music, to Parliament-Funkadelic. When those guys get out of a spaceship – the idea that black people are from outer space, there’s a poetic truth to that. We are this vast people.
I love my lecture tours. I get up onstage. I have my stack of books and a glass of water and a microphone. No podium, no distance between me and the audience, and I just talk to people and get all excited and tell a lot of jokes, and sing some songs, and read from my work and remind people how powerful they are and how beautiful they are.
|Birth:||10th May, 1963|
Suzan-Lori Parks is an African-American playwright and screenwriter. She received the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant in 2001, and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog. Parks was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky into a military family. She spent part of her childhood in Germany and "attended German high school instead of the English speaking school for military children.
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