November 17, 2006 |
Inside the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum on Wednesday night, the usual actors performed the usual theatrics for the usual audiences, with comfortable seats and high production values for all. Outside was another story. Ten plays were promised. Free. In an hour. Part of what might be the largest American theater collaboration ever. What? "Look at the people!" said a beaming woman, who wore dreadlocks and a black leather jacket and glided up the stairs like the belle of a postmodern ball.
November 13, 2006 |
Fairy tales and urban tales, homecoming stories, observations of life and death, tragedy and comedy: There's something for everyone in "365 Days/365 Plays," reportedly American theater's largest collaborative venture, conceived and produced by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks ("Topdog/Underdog") and Bonnie Metzgar, associate artistic director of Curious Theatre Company in Denver.
July 30, 2006
YOUR piece describes a small but still troubling step in the decline of Western Civilization ["A Steady Diet of Plot Luck," July 23]. Untold theater companies around the country, including a number locally, are falling over themselves to mount productions of what amounts to Suzan-Lori Parks' daily musings, simply because she has stature. She is a MacArthur "genius" and a Pulitzer winner for the incoherent, pointless exercise that is "Top Dog/Underdog." She puts on paper anything that comes into her mind.
July 23, 2006 |
IF Suzan-Lori Parks and Bonnie Metzgar could sell Chevys the way they're selling plays -- without a test drive, without even a peek under the hood -- they'd be rescuing General Motors instead of Pied Pipering several hundred American theater companies toward destinations unknown. Parks is the livewire MacArthur "genius" grantee and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of "Topdog/Underdog." Metzgar, her low-key friend of 20 years, is producer, artistic confidante and, for this mission, her prod.
June 30, 2006 |
Oprah may know how to get the whole country reading the same book, but Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks has come up with a way to get it performing the same plays, week after week, for an entire year. From Nov. 13, 2002, to Nov. 12, 2003, Parks wrote a short play each day. Now comes "365 days/365 plays," conceived and produced by Parks and Bonnie Metzgar. Billed as the largest theatrical collaboration in U.S.
June 1, 2003 |
It's 1963. News of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Riders has begun to percolate into West Texas, and even the odd cop has begun to think defensively: "I can hear the people up in New York and Chicago and Warshington and Hollywood. I can hear them talking. Calling me a white supremacist." But little has actually changed. In the words of Roosevelt Beede, a former preacher who runs a gas station, "Negro life is cheap....