Viola Davis Reunites with Suzan-Lori Parks to Jolt Broadway with Produced ‘Night, Mother
Viola Davis, the acclaimed actress known for her powerful performances, is teaming up once again with Suzan-Lori Parks, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, to bring the Broadway production of ‘Night, Mother to life. This collaboration is set to be a groundbreaking event in the world of theater, as these two talented women join forces to create a thought-provoking and emotionally charged performance.
The Development of ‘Night, Mother
‘Night, Mother, originally written by Parks in 1983, delves into the complex dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship during a life-altering conversation. The play explores themes of bravery, emotions, and the struggle for autonomy. With this production, Parks and Davis aim to breathe new life into the story, infusing it with their immense talent and experience.
In preparation for their highly anticipated debut, Davis and Parks recently held a bootleg reading of ‘Night, Mother. This intimate gathering took place in a recording studio, where Davis, Parks, and other members of the cast read selected portions of the script. This reading allowed them to immerse themselves in the characters and gain a deeper understanding of the play’s nuances, ensuring a captivating and authentic performance on Broadway.
The Broadway production of ‘Night, Mother is scheduled to make its debut in early 2022. As the cast and crew work tirelessly to bring their vision to life, anticipation builds for what promises to be a remarkable theatrical experience. Audiences can expect to be moved, challenged, and inspired by the powerful performances and poignant storytelling that Davis, Parks, and their team will deliver.
The Production Team
The production of ‘Night, Mother boasts an exceptional team of talented individuals, each bringing their unique expertise to the table. The team includes:
– Viola Davis: Producer and Star
– Suzan-Lori Parks: Producer and Playwright
– Edi Gathegi: Star
– Stephen Byrd: Producer
– Mark Brokaw: Director
– Neil Patel: Scenic Designer
– Mark Bennett: Music Supervisor
– Paul Tazewell: Costume Designer
– Christopher Fitzsimmons: Lighting Designer
– Kirkaldy Myers-Lipton: Sound Designer
This ensemble of creative minds is excited to collaborate and push the boundaries of theater, creating an innovative and thought-provoking performance that will captivate audiences.
Exploring Suzan-Lori Parks’ Broadway Legacy
Suzan-Lori Parks is no stranger to the Broadway stage. She has written several critically acclaimed plays that have left a lasting impact on the theater community. Some of her notable works include:
– Topdog/Underdog (2002): This Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the complex relationship between two African American brothers and their struggles with identity, family, and survival.
– Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3): Parks’ epic trilogy delves into the experiences of a slave during the Civil War, examining themes of freedom, loyalty, and the cost of independence.
– The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (adaptation): Parks adapted this iconic American opera, infusing it with her unique perspective and storytelling style.
– White Noise (upcoming): Set to open on Broadway in 2020, White Noise tackles issues of race, identity, and privilege in contemporary America.
Parks’ contributions to Broadway have not gone unnoticed, as she has received numerous accolades, including two Tony Awards. In 2002, her play Topdog/Underdog won the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. In 2016, she won the Tony Award for Best Play for Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3).
As Davis and Parks reunite for ‘Night, Mother, audiences can expect a theatrical experience that pushes boundaries, challenges conventions, and leaves a lasting impact. With their combined talent and the support of their exceptional production team, this Broadway production is sure to be a must-see event. Stay tuned for the debut of ‘Night, Mother in early 2022, and prepare to be moved by the power of theater.