Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's Suzan Lori-Parks' In the Blood, a modern tragedy inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary classic The Scarlet Letter, will be performed at Pomona College on Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. The play is directed by guest director Kenshaka Ali.
In the Blood, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2000, is the story of Hester, a woman oppressed by society who lives under a bridge with her five children by five different fathers—a journey into the heart of homelessness, despair, survival and redemption. The New York Times hailed the play as "extraordinary."
Parks was named one of Time magazine's "100 Innovators for the Next New Wave" and in 2002 became the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in drama for her Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog. Her work is the subject of the PBS film The Topdog Diaries. In 2007, her 365 Plays/ 365 Days was produced in over 700 theaters worldwide, one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history. Parks adapted Zora Neale Hurston's classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God for ABC's "Oprah Winfrey Presents" in 2005.
A MacArthur Genius Award recipient, Parks has also been awarded grants by 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. She is a recipient of the Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Award.
"In the Blood" will be performed in Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, staff, faculty and seniors and can be purchased online or by calling: (909) 607-4375.
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