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A.R.T. educators helped students delve more deeply into ‘Father Comes Home,' encouraging them to share their thoughts, providing a scene for them to read aloud, and even asking them to write their own epic poems about the experience.
Composer-librettist Matthew Aucoin reflects on the Whitmanesque journey behind Crossing.
Richly imagined and delightfully acted, this 70-minute production proves unexpected in almost every way.
The Edward M. Kennedy Prize is for a theatrical work inspired by American history.
Like any show with a stellar opening, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) makes you want to see the rest of volumes in the series; it’s that good.
Talkin' Broadway, Boston Regional Reviews: Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (February 5, 2015)
The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' new trilogy, Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), a co-production with The Public Theater in New York. Inspired by Homer's Odyssey, it centers on Hero, a slave who journeys from his plantation in Texas to the battleground and back again, to face a changed world as a changed man. Incorporating themes of love and betrayal, the price of freedom, and the worth of a man, the ambitious play offers insight into conditions for slaves in 1862 on the cusp of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Father Comes Home From The Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 is having its world premiere at the American Rep Theater in Cambridge. It’s a soul-searing, deeply insightful work, the first of three parts of an epic new play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks that cuts to the quick of the black experience in America.
Plays of this much intensity and focus demand total attention, and reward one with kaleidoscopic satisfaction; the more you reflect on what you've seen and heard, the more you find meanings, jokes, and intriguing connections.
A Far Cry plays con spirito—and without a baton.