The magic of any of Suzan Lori Parks’s works often lies in its ability to make her audience laugh, feel, remember, and rethink. With more of a specific lens on her plays, one might say that Parks masters writing through texts, histories, and time as she uses her characters and settings. Her work is unique and transcends one particular history, memory, or moment. She writes not to recreate, but rather to retell and bring silent voices and stories to life in order to expand the bounds of history. To illustrate such, in this essay I will argue that Suzan Lori Parks’s play, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, works as a textual and theatrical performance that enables Parks to make a grander commentary on black history. …


Alliyah Allen

Artist and Curator

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