Suzan-Lori Parks1996

Non-naturalistic meditations on history, identity and culture, Parks' plays deconstruct both the mythic experience of black America and the history of America. Employing theatrical poetic language that relies upon the musical strategy of repetition and revision, she creates works that are incandescent, controlled and anarchic. Parks' kinetic language is musical and subversive, as much influenced by Euripedes as by loopy, spiraling jazz. Dense and brazen, the plays are astringent, critical, wildly funny spectacles.

"I write plays that are theatrical, performative, language based and formally challenging while also being interested in human emotions and the human condition. I am most interested in Time and how people pass through it. The experience of Time is different for writer, actor, character and audience. A by-product of Time is History - what is remembered, recorded and transported into the next age. History - the destruction and creation of it through theatre pieces and how Black people fit into all of this - is my primary artistic concern. As an artist I have to go where the writing takes me."