FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3)
By Suzan-Lori Parks, Directed by Timothy Douglas
January 27 – February 28, 2016
Set during the Civil War, this explosively powerful new drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) follows a slave, Hero, from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield. Inspired in part by the stories and scope of Greek tragedy, this trilogy examines the mess of war and the true cost of freedom. Voted Top Theatre Pick of 2014 by numerous publications including The New York Times, TimeOut New York, TIME, The Huffington Post, and Vulture.
Suzan-Lori Parks Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” in 2002 Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hitTopdog/Underdog. A MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, she has also been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is recipient of a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts (Drama) for 1996, a Guggenheim Foundation Grant and is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College and New Dramatists. Her book adaptation of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess helped the show earn the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival. Her numerous plays include Father Comes Home From The Wars, The Book of Grace, Topdog/Underdog (2002 Pulitzer Prize), In the Blood(2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Venus (1996 OBIE Award), The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Fucking A, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1990 OBIE Award for Best New American Play), and The America Play. In 2007 her 365 Plays/ 365 Days was produced in over 700 theaters worldwide, creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history. Her work is the subject of the PBS Film The Topdog Diaries. Holding honorary doctorates from Brown University, among others, Suzan-Lori credits her writing teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, for starting her on the path of playwrighting. One of the first to recognize Parks’ writing skills, Mr. Baldwin declared Parks “an astonishing and beautiful creature who may become one of the most valuable artists of our time.”
Timothy Douglas DC area productions include the The Trip to Bountiful, Permanent Collection, and A Lesson Before Dying for Round House; the world premiere of The Last Orbit of Billy Mars for Woolly Mammoth; the Helen Hayes nominated Insurrection for Theatre Alliance and Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III for the Folger. Recent credits include the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The Lake Effect for Chicago’s Silk Road Rising (Jeff Award for best new work); off-Broadway’s Bronte: A Portrait of Charlotte; Topdog Underdog for Marin Theatre Company; the world premiere of August Wilson’s Radio Golf for Yale Repertory Theatre, and a premiere translation of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm also off-Broadway. He currently serves as an Associate Artist at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (The Trip to Bountiful, Clybourne Park), and for three seasons he served as Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville where he directed A.M. Sunday, All My Sons, Art, Blues For An Alabama Sky, Crimes of the Heart, Fences, Jitney, The Lively Lad, and The Piano Lesson; and for four seasons he served as a Director in Residence (Mellon Foundation Fellow) at the Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Timothy has directed over 100 projects for theatre companies nationally and abroad including, American Conservatory Theater, Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage, Steppenwolf, Playmakers Rep, San Jose Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Indiana Rep, Magic Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Downstage (New Zealand), National Theatret (Norway) and Milwaukee Rep, where he serves as an artistic associate. Timothy is also a Linklater-designated voice instructor and served on the faculties of American Conservatory Theater, University of Southern California, North Carolina School of the Arts, Toi Whakaari (New Zealand), Emerson College, Shakespeare & Company and others, and is a graduate of the acting program at Yale School of Drama.
Andrew R. Cissna