An intimate portrait of playwright Suzan-Lori Parks featuring actors Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright; a close-up of the theater experience that’s rarely seen on film. The film explores why a writer writes and how a play gets made in behind-the-scenes footage of Topdog/Underdog in rehearsal and performance. The Topdog Diaries captures the triumphant Broadway debut of a writer who continues to take the kind of daring chances that have always defined her work, and presents a chronicle of Parks’ opportunities, challenges, and personal milestones during the production of her 2002 Pulitzer prize-winning play.
- Premiered on PBS
The Topdog Diaries “dives headfirst into Parks’ creative process… and comes out an incisive, intimate look at the playwright and at the journey she took to get her work from the page to the stage.”
– Hollywood Reporter
“Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is a natural for the camera: wide-eyed, smiling, bright and lively yet down to earth.” – Los Angeles Times
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