Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
A.R.T. Season
January 23 - March 1, 2015

“…the finest work yet from this gifted writer.”
—The New York Times

Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) has been awarded the 2015 Kennedy Prize for Drama. This explosively powerful Civil War drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks follows a slave, Hero, from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield. Inspired in part by the stories and scope of Greek tragedy, this trilogy examines the mess of war and the cost of freedom. This play is a co-production with The Public Theater and is presented as part of The National Civil War Project.

Click here to read more about the prestigious Kennedy Prize for Drama.

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Creative team
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Director Jo Bonney
Scenic Designer Neil Patel
Costume Designer ESosa
Lighting Designer Lap Chi Chu
Sound Designer/Music Supervisor Dan Moses Schreier
Music Director Steven Bargonetti
Songs and Additional Music by Suzan-Lori Parks
Hair, Wig, and Makeup Designers J. Jared Janas & Rob Greene
Fight Director Thomas Schall

Jordan Thaler, Heidi Griffiths

Production Stage Manager Evangeline Rose Whitlock
Smith Michael Crane
Hero/Ulysses Benton Greene
Leader/Runaway Charlie Hudson, III
Penny Jenny Jules
Homer Sekou Laidlow
Colonel Ken Marks
Fourth/Odyssey Dog (Jan. 23 - Feb. 5) Jacob Ming-Trent
Fourth/Odyssey Dog (Feb. 6 - Mar. 1) Patrena Murray
Third/Runaway Tonye Patano
Second/Runaway Julian Rozzell, Jr.
Oldest Old Man Harold Surratt
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Jared Oberholtzer
Assistant Director Molly Beach Murphy
Assistant Scenic Designer

Cate McCrea

Assistant Costume Designer

Heather Stanley

Assistant to the Costume Designer

Rita Wu

Assistant Lighting Designer

Benjamin Fichthorn

Associate Sound Designer

Nicholas Pope

A.R.T. Production Dramaturg

Brenna Nicely

Music arranged and performed by Steven Bargonetti
Fight Captain: Julian Rozzell, Jr.
Additional lighting equipment provided by Christie Lites
Uniforms by C&D Jarnagin Co., Hill Studio
Additional sound equipment provided by Sound Associates and d&b audiotechnik
For Penny: Ashley J. 'Monet'
For Third/Runaway: Kay Smith
For Homer, Leader, Second/Runaway: Marvin Duverne
For Smith: Jason Markoff
For Colonel: Corey Sullivan
Harvard University Arts and Museums Fellows
Supported by the Harvard University Office of Career Services
Garrett Allen, '16 (Artistic)
Joey Longstreet, '16 (Artistic)
Samuel Moore, '15 (Marketing)
Sara Rosenburg, '16 (Marketing)
Additional Staff for Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
ASL Coach: Michael Krajnak
Access Services Consultant: Mary Beth Peters
Primary Audio Describer: Alice Austin
Secondary Audio Describer: Jan Stankus
Carpenters: Thomas Eckenfels, Bill Hawkins, Derek Jay, David Jewett, Jimmy Lynch, Marty Lynch, Dane Palmer, Alex Platt, Andy Remillard, Ray Reyes, Nick Tosches
Scenic Painters: Grace Baxter, Elizabeth Johnson, Richard Ouellette, 
Carpentry Intern: Jahedi, Mehran
Sound Crew: Dylan Foley, Chris "Thunda" Kurtz, Michelle Reiss, Nell Robinson
New York Magazine
GRADE A: SUZAN-LORI PARKS brings the FULL FORCE of her DRAMATIC POWER. She elevates her themes with echoes of classic literature while at the same time DOUBLING DOWN ON COMEDY.
Entertainment Weekly
New York Post

“Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” swoops, leaps, dives and soars across three endlessly stimulating hours... More

The Edward M. Kennedy Prize is for a theatrical work inspired by American history. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

Grappling with a series of moral issues – between races, between spouses, between friends -- during the Civil War, "Father Comes Home" is gripping and tense, throwing an ugly past up in our 21st-century faces. More

The Epic Begins: Suzan-Lori Parks Traces The Legacy Of Slavery And The Civil War At A.R.T. More

It’s not every play with major social themes like this one that could metaphorically mix the classical with the clowning as successfully as this work, and it’s not every playwright who could carry this off with such fearless focus and energy. Parks knows her sources well and utilizes them with all the aplomb and dexterity of a master juggler with a firm eye on the jugular. Pity the temerity of a theatergoer who’s unwilling or unable to surrender to the almost-lost art of storytelling at its purist. More

Even after three hours of watching on Wednesday, I was ready to see more. That’s the mark of a good story. More


Press Releases

Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith announced Monday that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan Lori Parks’ epic Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) is the 2015 winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.
A.R.T. will present Audio Described performances for blind and low-vision audience members, and Open Captioned performances for the Deaf and hard of hearing for its production of FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS.
The A.R.T. at Harvard University presents “Fighting For Freedom: The Civil War and its Legacies” — withTimothy Patrick McCarthy in conversation with Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3); Henry Louis Gates, Jr., AlphonseUniversity Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University; and Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, is pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks will be hosting her WATCH ME WORK session on Saturday, January 24 at 4:30 pm locally at the A.R.T.’s Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA.
A.R.T. is pleased to announce the cast for Suzan-Lori Parks’ epic Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), directed by Jo Bonney, in a co-production with The Public Theater in New York.

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Tickets from $25

Run time

2 hours and 50 minutes including one intermission.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Need to know

Please note: this production utilizes some smoke effects.

Age Appropriateness

Ages 14 and up/9th Grade and up
Suzan-Lori Parks's use of lyrical language, abstract imagery and the theatrical devices of Greek drama might be challenging for young theatergoers. Prepared high school students will find Parks's complex and imaginative Civil War parable a rich and rewarding experience. The play contains images of war, racial epithets, and some sexual themes.
Open Captioning Open Captioned
Feb. 22, 2PM & Feb. 24, 7:30PM

Audio Described

Feb. 11, 7:30PM & Feb. 14, 2PM


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

There were post-show talk-backs after these performances:

Jan. 31, 2PM
Feb. 4, 2PM
Feb. 7, 2PM
Feb. 11, 11AM
Feb. 14, 2PM
Feb. 18, 2PM
Feb. 21, 2PM
Feb. 25, 11AM
Feb. 28, 2PM


As part of The A.R.T. of Human Rights, there was an additional post-performance discussion with Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates and Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks titled "Fighting for Freedom: The Civil War and Its Legacies" on Sunday, February 8, after the 2PM matinee. Click here to watch a video of the discussion. 


WATCH ME WORK - Suzan-Lori Parks hosted her WATCH ME WORK performance piece session on Saturday, January 24 at 4:30PM at the A.R.T. Click here to watch a recording of the performance.


Suzan-Lori Parks and Jo Bonney spoke at the 2PM performance post-show talk-back on Saturday, February 21.

Performance sponsors:

This work was supported, in part, by The Robert Brustein Endowment for New Work, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and The National Endowment for the Arts.


Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts, arts.gov



The A.R.T. is proud to be a part of the Blue Star Theatres network. US military personnel, military veterans and their families could receive up to four (4) tickets to Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) at $5 off regular ticket price.


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