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National Theater Celebrates ‘365 Days/365 Plays’

Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a play a day for 365 days beginning in November 2002. In commemoration of Parks' achievement, cities and communities across the nation are performing her plays one day at a time.

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  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    It was not a typical day at the theatre recently in Denver.

  • ACTRESS:

    You're kidding.

  • ACTOR:

    No, I'm not.

  • ACTRESS:

    Your legs are folded underneath you…

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    Actors delivered their lines on a sidewalk while the audience watched from the street. The play ended only minutes after it began…

  • ACTOR:

    Step right up…

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    … and was followed soon after by another one across the street.

  • ACTOR:

    Well, that's the end of that, I guess.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    Nothing, in fact, was typical about the "365 Days, 365 Plays" project, not how the plays were written, one a day over the course of a year…

  • ACTRESS:

    Let me pass!

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    … and now how they're being presented, by hundreds of theatre companies around the country in a year-long festival.

    In New York recently, I met up with the woman behind all this. In 2002, Suzan Lori Parks had just won a Pulitzer Prize for her play "Top Dog Underdog," when she got the idea of writing a play a day.

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