Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

October 14 - December 7

Anspacher Theater

Members: $45

Post-show talkbacks: Wed, Oct 22 & Wed, Nov 5

Running time: 2 hrs & 50 min, including intermission

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“EXTRAORDINARY! THE BEST NEW PLAY I’VE SEEN ALL YEAR. By turns philosophical and playful, lyrical and earthy, SUZAN LORI-PARKS’S new play SWOOPS, LEAPS, DIVES and SOARS.  THE FINEST WORK YET FROM THIS GIFTED WRITER, and A HIGH-WATER MARK in the career of director JO BONNEY."
The New York Times

“THRILLING! A MASTERPIECE.  A story that engages the DEEPEST POSSIBLE ISSUES in the MOST GRIPPING POSSIBLE WAY.”
New York Magazine

“GRADE A:  SUZAN-LORI PARKS brings the FULL FORCE of her DRAMATIC POWER. She elevates her themes with echoes of classic literature while at the same time DOUBLING DOWN ON COMEDY.”
Entertainment Weekly

“PROVOCATIVE, RICH and IRREVERENTLY FUNNY.”
New York Post

“This HAUNTING work is FUNNY and TRAGIC, WHIMSICAL and LACERATING, POETIC and POIGNANT, navigating its radical tonal shifts with FLUIDITY and GRACE.” 
The Hollywood Reporter

“INSIGHTFUL, POETIC & HEARTBREAKING. DELIVERS A GUT-PUNCH."
 Bergen Record

“TRIUMPHANT! Overloaded with SOARING LANUGAGE and PROVOCATIVE DEBATE." 
Huffington Post

Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog, The Book of Grace) continues her longstanding relationship with The Public with the stunning first installment of a new American Odyssey, set over the course of the Civil War.

Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise. As his decision brings him face-to-face with a nation at war with itself, the loved ones Hero left behind debate whether to escape or wait for his return… only to discover that for Hero, free will may have come at a great spiritual cost.

A devastatingly beautiful dramatic work filled with music, wit and great lyricism, FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS is an epic tale about holding on to who we are and what we love in a country that both brings us together and rips us apart. Jo Bonney (Small Engine Repair, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark) directs this extraordinary new play from one of America's most powerful writers.

 

Accessible Performances

Through Healing Arts Initiative (HAI), The Public is offering blind and visually impaired theatergoers access to our productions.  Patrons use a small, unobtrusive audio receiver and ear plug to hear the description of the performance, spoken by HAI’s trained live describer.  Each year, HAI touches the lives of more than 350,000 underserved individuals, offering an array of arts education and wellness programs.  HAI’s cultural programs provide a unique opportunity for isolated and marginalized individuals to come together and enjoy the best of NYC arts and culture.  For tickets and more information please contact Describe@hainyc.org.

In partnership with TDF, this performance will provide access for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss, an electronic text display is positioned to the side of the stage, which shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage. To purchase Open Caption tickets for this production, please contact Tap@tdf.org.

 

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World Premiere
FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3)
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jo Bonney

 

Featuring Sterling K. Brown, Louis Cancelmi, Peter Jay Fernandez, Jeremie Harris, Russell G. Jones, Jenny Jules, Ken Marks, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tonye Patano, and Julian Rozzell Jr.

 

Presented in association with American Repertory Theater