Suzan-Lori Parks

Playwright Profile:  Suzan-Lori Parks

Born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, on May 10, 1963, Suzan-Lori Parks was encouraged by author James Baldwin to become a playwright, later penning award-winning works like Venus. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama—becoming the first female African-American writer to do so—in 2002, for Topdog/Underdog. A novelist and screenwriter as well, Parks has also helmed the innovative 365 Days/365 Plays and a re-launch of Porgy and Bess.LLP.

Playwright Works @ NCBRC

The essence of sibling rivalry – which brother will emerge as “Top Dog?”

Topdog/Underdog is a dark comedy revolving around two African American brothers: Lincoln and Booth. Throughout their many trials and tribulations, the brothers turn to conning people on the streets, and even each other, in their attempts to survive. Full of passion and poety, Topdog/Underdog won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001.