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Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright, To Speak at Pomona College

Acclaimed playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, will speak at Pomona College on March 23, at 8 p.m., in the Bridges Hall of Music (Little Bridges), 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Parks won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog, which tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names, given to them as a joke, foretell a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. A sharp critique of the way people are defined by history, the play was performed on Broadway at the Ambassador Theater.

In 2003, Parks published her first novel, Getting Mother’s Body, which reviewers compared to the work of Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston. She also wrote the screenplay for Spike Lee's Girl 6 and is currently working on a screenplay adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel Paradise, to be produced by Oprah Winfrey’s film company, and a stage musical, Hoopz, about the Harlem Globetrotters, for Disney.

A 2002 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, Parks has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, among other awards. In 2000, the Los Angeles Times named her in its “Faces to Watch” column, and in 1989, The New York Times named her "the year's most promising new playwright." She is currently a faculty member in the California Institute of the Arts school of theater and previously served as an associate artist at the Yale School of Drama.

There is no charge to attend the talk by Parks, which is sponsored by the Associated Students of Pomona College. For more information, call (909) 621-8166.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.