A.R.T.: The America Play. Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” Ms. Parks's plays include Topdog/Underdog (Broadway, Pulitzer Prize for Drama), The Book of Grace, In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Venus (1996 OBIE Award), The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Father Comes Home from the Wars Part I: The Union of My Confederate Parts, Fucking A, and Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1990 OBIE Award for Best New American Play). Ms. Parks has a leading acting role in The Making of Plus One, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. She’s written screenplays for Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Girl 6, written for Spike Lee, and adapted Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, which premiered on ABC’s Oprah Winfrey Presents. In 2007 her project 365 Plays/365 Days was produced in over 700 theaters worldwide, creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history. Parks’s first novel Getting Mother's Body (Random House, 2003) is set in the west Texas of her youth. Ms. Parks is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, and has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is recipient of a Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Award, a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts (Drama) for 1996, a Guggenheim Foundation Grant, and is an alumna of New Dramatists. Her work is the subject of the PBS Film "The Topdog Diaries." Ms Parks is at work on her second novel and her Ray Charles musical, Unchain My Heart is scheduled to premiere on Broadway within the coming year. She teaches at NYU, and is currently performing her experimental solo show, Watch Me Work at The Public Theatre, where she serves as Master Writer Chair.
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