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A Homecoming: The First Rehearsal of Father Comes Home from the Wars

“To come back to her work after a hiatus of nearly 20 years to work on this masterpiece of hers is a singular joy.”

by Taylor Steinbeck
Apr 24, 2018

Conservatory Hour: Suzan-Lori Parks

The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright met with A.C.T.’s M.F.A. Program actors for a Conservatory Hour to answer their questions about creativity and craft.


by Simon Hodgson
Apr 27, 2018

The Life and Work of Father Comes Home Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks


Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is a force that refuses to be contained. Learn more about the Pulitzer Prize–winning mind behind Father Comes Home from the Wars.

by Elspeth Sweatman
May 1, 2018

Podcast: Father Comes Home Prologue Discussion

Before the April 28 performance of Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3, A.C.T. Resident Dramaturg Michael Paller and Playwright / Songwriter, Suzan-Lori Parks spoke to a live audience about her work, nuance, and her process as a playwright and songwriter.

The History Behind Father Comes Home: Black Americans in the Civil War

During the American Civil War, nearly 180,000 free and enslaved Black Americans served in the U.S. Army.

by Taylor Steinbeck
Apr 24, 2018

Making Myths: An Interview with Father Comes Home Director Liz Diamond

"What does it cost to be free? That paradox—why should freedom cost anything?—is at the heart of the play." Check out our interview with director Liz Diamond.

by Simon Hodgson
May 15, 2018

Songwriting with Suzan-Lori Parks

We sat down with playwright and songwriter Suzan-Lori Parks to hear how she created the music behind the epic Father Comes Home from the Wars.

Getting to the Deep Stuff: The Music of Father Comes Home

“All my writing is more like songs. I try to sing to people.” Learn more about the music of the play.

by Taylor Steinbeck
May 18, 2018

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