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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series elevates the voices of local artists while bringing world-renowned cultural icons to Seattle audiences. The series celebrates music, photography, sculpture, philosophy, heritage, and traditions around the world that enrich our lives.

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Sep 25, 2019

We’re throwing open the doors of our newly renovated building for a full-day takeover by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks! Parks took the Great Hall stage to deliver a rendition of her fast-paced and high-energy lecture “A Million Suggestions From Suzan-Lori Parks,” communicating a million humorous and useful pieces of advice for our modern lives. Then she presented a Town Hall-commissioned piece of writing based on her award-winning work 365 Days/365 Plays. Offered as a companion piece to the Robert Pinsky poem that inaugurated the space 20 years ago, Parks brought us a stage performance that’s short on the page but alludes to action in perpetuity—a reflection of the Great Hall’s bustling civic energy.

Join us for an exploration of the creative process and unforgettable events with one of the most acclaimed playwrights of our time.

Suzan-Lori Parks is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. She is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Gish Prize for Excellence in the Arts. Her project 365 Days/365 Plays (where she wrote a play a day for an entire year) was produced in over 700 theaters worldwide, creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle. Community Partners: Hansberry Project, Hedgebrook, Hugo House, Intiman Theatre, Allison Narver, New City Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle University Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership.

Recorded live in the Great Hall on Saturday, September 7, 2019.