Everything you need to understand or teach The America Play, and Other Works by Suzan-Lori Parks.
This collection of plays and essays, by innovative playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, explores issues fundamentally tied to the experience of being an African American. As she experiments with language and structure in a series of metaphor-rich theatrical narratives, she explores issues relating to individual and racial identity and the necessity to transcend both internalized and external forms of oppression.
The collection begins with a series of three short essays written by the author and introducing her primary thematic and narrative concerns - the idea of owning (possessing) identity, the value of finding an individual creative voice during the process of creating theatre, and the dangers of living within the essentially white-defined experience of being African American.
The first play in the collection is, in fact, a series of short plays themselves collected under the title of "Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom." In the first play, "Snails," a group...
The America Play, and Other Works Lesson Plans contain 152 pages of teaching material, including: