Venus: A Play

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Theatre Communications Grou, 1997 - Drama - 165 pages
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Suzan-Lori Parks continues her examination of black people in history and stage through the life of the so-called "Hottentot Venus," an African woman displayed semi-nude throughout Europe due to her extraordinary physiognomy; in particular, her enormous buttocks. She was befriended, bought and bedded by a doctor who advanced his scientific career through his anatomical measurements of her after her premature death.
 

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This is by far one of Parks greatest plays. This powerful story of someones true life is colorfully written and and beautifully mixes poetry with fact and fiction. Read full review

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I liked this playscript better than most, although it became repititious after a while. I would like to see the play produced. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
27
Section 4
37
Section 5
39
Section 6
65
Section 7
70
Section 8
77
Section 9
83
Section 10
98
Section 11
110
Section 12
146
Section 13
149
Section 14
154
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About the author (1997)

One of the contemporary American theater's most innovative wordsmiths. Her plays include: Topdog/Underdog (2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer-nominee), Fucking A, Venus (OBIE Award), The America Play and Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (OBIE Award, Best New American Play). She is also a screenwriter, novelist, and MacArthur "Genius" grantee.

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