Suzan-Lori Parks' Plays for the Plague Year opened a return engagement at The Public Theater's Joe's Pub April 18 after starting previews April 5, and the reviews are out. The run is set to continue through April 30.
Parks reprises her performance as The Writer, and director Niegel Smith is also back to helm and choreograph. The work, the culmination of Parks' project writing a play a day throughout the COVID shutdown, made its world premiere at Joe's Pub last year, a run that was cut short by COVID-related cancellations.
The encore run also features returning company members Leland Fowler, Danyel Fulton, Greg Keller, Orville Mendoza, Lauren Molina, and Martín Solá, along with newcomer Rona Figueroa. Rounding out the company as understudies are Edward Astor Chin, Joe Osheroff, Danea Osseni, and Nathan M. Ramsey.
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The production features scenic and projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Rodrigo Muñoz, lighting design by Ania Washington, and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier. Ric Molina is music director, and has supplied vocal and instrumental arrangements. Buzz Cohen is production stage manager.
Parks is a Pulitzer winner for her 2001 play Topdog/Underdog, which recently played a 20th anniversary Broadway revival directed by Kenny Leon. Her other works include Betting on the Dust Commander, Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3, and Sally & Tom.