Plays for The Plague Year, a theatrical concert featuring both music and words by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, will be presented in the intimate cabaret space Joe’s Pub for a limited engagement November 4-27.
Parks, who will make her onstage debut as The Writer in the piece, will be joined by a company that includes Tony nominee Kenita Miller, Leland Fowler, Greg Keller, Orville Mendoza, Lauren Molina, Martín Solá, Pearl Sun, Edward Astor Chin, Danyel Fulton, and Will Stone.
Take a look inside the rehearsal room for the run below.
Directed by Niegel Smith, the production will have costume design by Rodrigo Muñoz, lighting design by Ania Washington, sound design by Dan Moses Schrier, projection design by Peter Nigrini, and prop management by Alexander Wylie. Ric Molina will music direct and will contribute to both vocal and instrumental arrangements. Buzz Cohen will serve as the production stage manager, and Janelle Caso will serve as stage manager.
“There is no writer in the world like Suzan-Lori Parks,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “Her brilliant and utterly unique voice is one of the mountaintops of the American theatre, and The Public is proud to have been her home for over 30 years. When the pandemic hit, Suzan-Lori began a personal practice: writing a play every day, a chronicle of the times we were living through. What emerges is a personal, intimate journal, but also a public window into that first, torturous year of the crisis. Plays for the Plague Year is funny, powerful, quirky, emotional, and deeply satisfying.”
Parks is also currently represented on Broadway with the revival of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog; check out production photos below.