Suzan-Lori Parks

Suzan-Lori Parks speaks at Town and Gown

Suzan-Lori Parks, an award-winning playwright, spends an evening for Visions and Voices signature event on Oct. 6. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks visited campus on Oct. 6 for an evening conversation at Town and Gown, presented as part of Trojan Family Weekend. She was joined on stage with moderator and Associate Professor Luis Alfaro for a conversation about race, American history and storytelling.

Parks was the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer in drama in 2002 for her work, Topdog/Underdog. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award, a Tony Award and the Kennedy Prize. Her most recent play, Father Comes Home from the Wars, is an explosively powerful trilogy set against the backdrop of the Civil War.

Her visit was presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and co-sponsored by the USC School of Dramatic Arts