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Award-winning writer pens plays for every day of the year.

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You wake up, go to work, come home, and crash for the night. The next day, you do it all over again. But let's say you're playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, whose mission between 2002 and 2003 was to write one script a day for an entire year, all while keeping up a grueling schedule of lectures and performances. Tonight, as part of the Oberlin College Convocation Lecture Series, Parks will talk about the making of the play cycle 365 Days, 365 Plays and the more than 700 theaters around the world that staged some of her shows last year. She'll also field questions about her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Topdog/Underdog, which tells the story of two grown brothers living in a tiny room in a boardinghouse. And she'll give the inside scoop on her latest screenplay, The Great Debaters. Directed by Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, the film was released late last year. Parks lectures at 8 tonight in Finney Chapel, 39 West College Street in Oberlin. Admission is free. Call 440-775-8269 or visit www.oberlin.edu.
Wed., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., 2008

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