36th Annual Writers' Festival
Suzan-Lori Parks ---- Selected Bibliography
(Picture downloaded from http://www.barclayagency.com/parks.html 2/22/07)
As part of the 36th Annual Writers' Festival, there will be a public reading by Suzan-Lori Parks, a novelist, screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who has won acclaim for her depictions of modern African-American life in her plays. During this event, Suzan-Lori Parks will discuss the process of becoming a writer, the need to follow one’s own creative voice, and the current role of the American theater. The evening may also include a performance with guitar and song.
Parks writes with grace and a razor wit about race, heritage, family, and history. This year her project 365 Days/365 Plays—in which she wrote a play a day for a full year—is being performed in over six hundred theatres nationwide, making it the single largest collaboration in the history of the American theatre.
In conjunction with the public reading, we have compiled a bibliography of selected resources by and about the writer
Books and Plays
Bennett, Michael & Dickerson, Vanessa D. Recovering the Black female body: self-representations by African American women, New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, c2001. E185.86 .R37
Cole, Susan Letzler, Playwrights in rehearsal: the seduction of company, New York: Routledge, 2001. PS350 .C65
Frazier, John P. Introduction to literature: the arts and cultural diversity, Boston: Pearson Custom Pub., 2006. Available through Interlibrary Loan.
Guare, John, Kushner, Tony & Parks, Suzan-Lori [et al.]. Conjunctions 25: the new American theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Bard College, 1995. Available through Interlibrary Loan.
Marks, J. H. & Parks, Suzan-Lori. Girl 6: adapted from the screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks, London: Signet, 1996. Available through Interlibrary Loan.
Parks, Suzan-Lori. The America play, and other works, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1995. PS3566.A736 A8
Parks, Suzan-Lori. Betting on the dust commander: (practice makes practice makes), New York: Palywright's Press, 1990. Available through Interlibrary Loan.
Parks, Suzan-Lori. The death of the last Black man in the whole entire world, in Lamont, Rosette C. Women on the verge: 7 avant-garde American plays, New York: Applause, c1993. PS628.W6 W664
Parks, Suzan-Lori. Imperceptible mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, in Wetzsteon, Ross. The Best of off-broadway: eight contemporary Obie-winning plays, New York: Mentor, c1994. PS634 .B466
Parks, Suzan-Lori. Imperceptible mutabilities in the third kingdom, Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1995. Available through Interlibrary Loan.
Parks, Suzan-Lori. In the blood, New York: Dramatists Play Service, 2000. Available through Interlibrary Loan.
Parks, Suzan-Lori. The red letter plays, New York: Theatre Communications Group; St. Paul, MN: Distributed to the book trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, c2001. PS3566.A736 R44
Parks, Suzan-Lori. 365 days/365 plays, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2006. Available through Interlibrary Loan.
Parks, Suzan-Lori. Topdog/underdog, New York: Theatre Communications Group; St. Paul, MN: Distributed to the book trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, 2001. PS3566.A736 T66
Parks, Suzan-Lori. Venus: a play, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1997. Available through Interlibrary Loan.
Parks, Suzan-Lori & Vais, Bo`az. Al gufatah shel Ima- Getting mother's body (Hebrew), Moshav Ben-Shemen, Israel: Modan, 2004.
Pospisil, Craig. Outstanding women's monologues 2001-2002, New York: Dramatists Play Service, 2002. Available through Interlibrary Loan.
Interviews, Journal Articles & Reviews
Als, Hilton. The show-woman. New Yorker, 10/30/2006, 82 (35)
Bernard, Louise. The musicality of language: redefining history in Suzan-Lori Parks's The Death of the Last Black in the whole entire world. African American Review, Winter97, 31 (4)
Brustein, Robert. The element of surprise. New Republic, 01/24/2000, 222 (4)
Brustein, Robert. A homeboy godot. New Republic, 5/13/2002, 226 (18)
Brustein, Robert. Robert Brustein on theater. New Republic, 4/13/92, 206 (15)
Bryant, Aaron. Broadway, her way. New Crisis (15591603), Mar/Apr2002, 109 (2)
Drukman, Steven. Suzan-Lori Parks and Liz Diamond. TDR: The Drama Review, Fall95, 39 (3)
Garrett, Shawn-Marie. The possession of Susan Lori Parks. American Theatre, Oct2000, 17 (8)
Hogue, Bev. Naming the bones: bodies of knowledge in contemporary fiction. Modern Fiction Studies, Spring2006, 52 (1)
Jiggetts, Shelby. Interview with Suzan-Lori Parks. Callaloo, Spring96, 19 (2)
Johung, Jennifer. Figuring the “spells”/spelling the figures: Suzan-Lori Parks's “scene of love (?)”. Theatre Journal, Mar2006, 58 (1)
Kolin, Philip C. Parks's In the Blood. Explicator, Summer2006, 64 (4)
Miller, Greg. The bottom of desire in Suzan-Lori Parks's venus. Modern Drama, Spring2002, 45 (1)
Morgan, Joan. Wondering who flipped the `Girl 6' script? Meet playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Essence, Apr96, 26 (12)
Parks, Suzan-Lori . The Light in August. (cover story). American Theatre, Nov2005, 22 (9)
Parks, Suzan-Lori. Getting mother's body. Essence, May2003, 34 (1)
Parks, Suzan-Lori. In the blood. American Theatre, Mar2000, 17 (3)
Parks, Suzan-Lori. Selections from 365 days 365 plays. American Theatre, Nov2006, 23 (9)
Parks, Suzan-Lori. New black math. Theatre Journal, Dec2005, 57 (4)
Rayner, Alice & Elam Jr., Harry J. Unfinished business: reconfiguring history in Suzan-Lori Park's `The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World. Theatre Journal, Dec94, 46 (4)
Shannon, Sandra. What is a black play? tales from my theoretical corner.
Theatre Journal, Dec2005, 57 (4)
Walat, Kathryn. These are the days 365. American Theatre, Nov2006, 23 (9)
Wilmer, S.E. Restaging the nation: the work of Suzan-Lori Parks. Modern Drama, Fall2000, 43 (3)
Young, Jean. The re-objectification and re-commodification of Saartjie Baartman in Suzan-Lori Parks's Venus. African American Review, Winter97, 31 (4)
Zoglin, Richard. Moving marginal characters to center stage. Time, 02/19/2001, 157 (7)
A conversation with Suzan-Lori Parks - http://www.theconnection.org/shows/2003/06/20030606_b_main.asp
NPR : Suzan-Lori Parks launches '365 Days/365 Plays' - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6480604
The Show woman: Suzan Lori Parks’s idea for the largest theatre collaboration ever.by Hilton Als - http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/10/30/061030fa_fact2
Suzan-Lori Parks Steven Barclay Agency - http://www.barclayagency.com/parks.html
women of color women of words - suzan-lori parks - http://www.comminfo.rutgers.edu/~cybers/parks2.html5-20