Topdog DiariesStreaming Video - 2013
In this inside look at the creative process of a playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks spends two years struggling to produce her Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Topdog/Underdog. From her mentorship with the legendary James Baldwin to her marriage to blues musician Paul Oscher (who provided the music for this film), the program documents the creation of a dramatic piece, from initial inspiration to footage of the play in performance - which features Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) and Jeffrey Wright (Angels in America) in the leading roles. Parks discusses her characters, plot, and dialogue; the logistics of mounting the production; being a female writing male characters; and whether or not a play has to be about race just because the characters are African-American.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2002
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (55 min.)) :,sd., col