Suzan-Lori Parks Poster


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Overview (1)

Born in Kentucky, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Suzan-Lori Parks was born on May 10, 1963 in Kentucky, USA. She is a writer and actress, known for Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), Girl 6 (1996) and Native Son. She has been married to Paul Oscher since July 2001.

Spouse (1)

Paul Oscher (July 2001 - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Plays that deal with sexism and race

Trivia (14)

Husband is a blues musician.
On April 8, 2002, she became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog.
She directs the theatre program at the California Institute of the Arts.
She majored in English and German at Massachusetts' Mount Holyoke College, graduating in 1985.
Her father is an Army Colonel.
Spent part of childhood in Germany where she attended German schools instead of the American schools intended for the families of Army personnel.
Studied acting in London.
Studied with iconic playwright James Baldwin while at Mount Holyoke.
Influenced by the plays of Ntozake Shange and Adrienne Kennedy and their non-traditional writing styles.
Wrote a novel entitled, "Getting Mother's Body".
Was nominated for Broadway's 2002 Tony Award as author of Best Play nominee "Topdog/Underdog."
As a joke, she told a friend that she intended to write a play based on "The Scarlet Letter" called "F***ing A." She hated the finished product, so she scrapped everything except the title and the lead character's name, Hester. She rewrote the play, this time about an abortionist in a dystopic colony.
Nominated for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "In the Blood" and won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Topdog/Underdog".
She was awarded the 2004 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Playwright (Equity) for "Topdog/Underdog" presented in association with the Seattle Repertory Theatre production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Personal Quotes (2)

Someone yelled at me once, 'You never write about yourself.' People used to get so mad at me for that. But my definition of myself is completely up for grabs. I'm everywhere, just like we all are.
Every play I write is about love and distance. And time. And from that we can get things like history.

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