The title Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3) is slightly cumbersome, but the play it contains is meaty and mighty and indicates that this trilogy is part of a wider scheme. Its playwright Suzan-Lori Parks -- who won a Pulitzer for her 2001 play Topdog/Underdog that also received its UK premiere at the Royal Court -- is planning on adding to it. Meanwhile there's plenty to chew... Read more
“Seems like the worth of a coloured man, once he’s made free, is less than his worth when he’s a slave”
West Texas, 1862. Hero, a slave, is promised his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy against the Union. In a nation at war with itself, he must work against those striving to abolish slavery.
The family he leaves behind debates whether to escape or await his return, and they fear that, for Hero, freedom is an empty promise that may come at a great cost.
Pulitzer Prize winner, Suzan-Lori Parks returns to the Royal Court with Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), directed by Jo Bonney.
This trilogy of short plays premiered at the Public Theatre in New York. They are the first three of nine short plays that will follow one African-American family through generations up to the present day.
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