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The America Play, and Other Works Summary
Suzan-Lori Parks

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The America Play, and Other Works Summary

Plot Summary

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...

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