Joyce's Choices: Father Comes Home From The Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3

Publication date: 
February 3, 2015
Author: 
Joyce Kulhawik

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. Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey in the aftermath of the Trojan War, Parks’s epic charts the relentless search for the black identity in America in the wake of the Civil War. The crux of the dilemmaself-betrayalis delivered in the penultimate moments of the three hour trilogy, when the slave named Hero (Benton Greene), who has followed his master into war as chattel, returns home to find himself lostin a personal civil war; he’s now a free man who realizes the cost of survival has been his own soul. It’s a brutal, brilliant epiphany in a play that straddles history and the future, carefully illuminating the Gordian knot of a tragedy at the heart of the American experience, how inescapably complicit we all are, and how even so, Parks bravely shines a light on a way out. Compellingly acted and staged, the show will hold you long after it’s over. Through March 1!

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