The America Play: A Staged Reading

STARTS 6/11/2018 TBD
7:30pm Tickets are FREE, reservations required.

Suzan-Lori Parks' The America Play: A Staged Reading
Monday, June 11 | 7:30pm
Polk Rehearsal Room | Goodman Theatre

Join Goodman Theatre for a special staged reading of The America Play by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Ian Martin. The play revolves around the life and experience of a Black gravedigger –referred to as the “Founding Father”– who makes a living impersonating Abraham Lincoln in reenactments of the assassination that took Lincoln’s life. Written in 1993, The America Play is often considered a preface to Topdog/Underdog, which won Parks a Pulitzer in 2002, the first Black woman to be awarded the prize. The America Play is a daunting, intellectual, and provocative theater piece that ruminates on black identity, theater, and American history. 

Tickets for this event are FREE, reservations required.



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