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SUZAN-LORI PARKS’ "365 DAYS/365 PLAYS" COMES TO PURCHASE COLLEGE DEC. 7

Date Released: 12/4/2006

On December 7, Purchase College will join 600 theatre companies and colleges across the country in the largest theatre collaboration in U.S. history—the year-long staging of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ play cycle, 365 Days/365 Plays.

Students from the School of Humanities will present plays from week four of the cycle. This world-premiere single performance will begin at 8 PM in the Humanities Theatre of the Durst Family Humanities Building. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 914-251-6951.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

These brief, brilliant snapshots from the imagination of one of America's leading playwrights include some plays that are very short, less than a page, and others that last forever. The plays will be directed by Drama Studies faculty and students, and will include performers and collaborators from across the campus. The performance will be followed by a short Q&A session with faculty and students.

In November of 2002, Parks set out to write a play a day for a year. The resulting play cycle, called 365 Days/365Plays, is a daily meditation on an artistic life.

The 365 Days/365 Plays National Festival is a year-long international collaboration that includes productions in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Halifax, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago, among others. University venues include Yale University, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University and the University of California, San Diego.

Suzan-Lori Parks is one of contemporary American theatre’s most innovative playwrights.  Her plays include Topdog/Underdog (2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), In the Blood, Venus (Obie Award, Best American Play), The America Play and Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (Obie Award). She is also a screenwriter, novelist and MacArthur Foundation Genius grant recipient.