MHC to Host New Plays of Suzan-Lori Parks '85
Updated: March 8, 2007, Suzan-Lori Parks '85 Comes Home to MHC
The Mount Holyoke College Department of Theatre Arts and UMass's New World Theater will present Weeks 15 and 16 of Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays, February 22-24 and March 2-4 at Mount Holyoke's Rooke Theatre.
"An Evening with Suzan-Lori Parks" is also planned for Sunday, March 4, at 7 pm in the Rooke Theatre.
On November 13, 2002, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks got an idea to write a play a day for a year. She began that very day, finishing one year later. The resulting play cycle, called 365 Days/365 Plays, is a daily meditation on an artistic life. Some plays are very short, less than a page. Others last forever.
The 365 National Festival invited every theatre in the world to join a grassroots premiere of this play cycle. The plays will be performed in more than 600 theatres. Produced by Bonnie Metzgar and Suzan-Lori Parks, the 365 Festival began November 13, 2006, and will run through November 12, 2007.
Plays can be produced in traditional theatre spaces or site-specific locations. They can be staged readings or fully produced. Participating theatres will each present seven plays, representing one week of this play cycle, before then passing the cycle on to the next theatre in a cultural relay race that celebrates the community of theatre artists around the world.
New World Theater will present Week 15, February 22-24 at 8 pm. Rooke Theatre will present Week 16, March 2-3, at 8 pm and March 4 at 2 pm.
Performances and "An Evening with Suzan-Lori Parks" are free and open to the public. Reservations, which are strongly recommended, can be made at the box office by calling 413-538-2406.