ZACH Theatre presents SUZAN-LORI PARKS in
WATCH ME WORK
ZACH Theatre’s Nowlin Rehearsal Studio (adjacent to ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage) at 1426 Toomey Road
WATCH ME WORK Sessions:
Wednesday, December 8 from 6 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, December 9 from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Friday, December 10 from 5 – 7 p.m. (Songwriter Showcase Happy Hour -- see below)
Saturday, December 11 from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m
Admission is free for all Suzan-Lori Parks WATCH ME WORK events and open to the public. For additional information go to http://www.zachtheatre.org/
This performance piece, a meditation on the artistic process and an actual work session, features Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks working on her latest project live at ZACH Theatre in three intimate work sessions. The WATCH ME WORK sessions will take place on select days in ZACH’s Nowlin Rehearsal Studio, adjacent to the Whisenhunt Stage on Toomey Road. The audience is invited to come join Suzan-Lori up-close and personal to get some of their own writing done at the tables provided around her workspace. Working on writing a short story? A poem? A play? A novel? Song lyrics? ... Whatever you are working on, all writing assignments are welcome. Or, simply come watch Ms. Parks as she creates her newest writing and share the space with other Austin writers. During the last fifteen minutes of each performance, Ms. Parks will answer any questions the audience might have regarding their own work and their creative process.
Each performance is free and open to the public.
The sessions will also be broadcast live on ZACH's website, and you are invited to tweet your questions for Suzan-Lori to answer during the last 15 minutes of the work session. Please use the hashtag #newplay @zachtheatre.
Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog and is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient. In 2007 her 365 Plays/365 Days was produced in more than 700 theaters worldwide, creating the largest grassroots collaboration in theater history. She is the first recipient of the master writer chair at the Public Theater, a three-year residency in which she is also a visiting arts professor in dramatic writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Suzan-Lori Parks will be in residence at ZACH Theatre to direct her new play The Book of Grace from June 2 - July 10, 2011. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
SONGWRITER SHOWCASE HAPPY HOUR
Friday, December 10 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Austin Singer/Songwriters are invited to join Suzan-Lori Parks for an open-mic Happy Hour Showcase hosted by ZACH. Come share two or three songs with an appreciative audience on ZACH’s Kleberg Stage along with new music from Suzan-Lori sung by the playwright herself! Informal, friendly, supportive and fun! ZACH’s cash bar will be open, and drinks are welcome inside the theatre.