By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Offered his freedom if he joins his enslaver in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero 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.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars is an explosively powerful drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love, with all three parts seen in one night. Part 1 introduces us to Hero. In Part 2, a band of rebel soldiers test Hero’s loyalty as the cannons approach. Part 3 finds Hero’s loved ones anxiously awaiting his return.
Faculty member Valerie Curtis-Newton (Fefu and Her Friends, The Best of Everything), 2021 recipient of the University of Washington Faculty Lecture Award, directs.
Location: Jones Playhouse (University Ave.), near UW main campus
Tickets ($23) here.