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Theatre 200: Portfolio Project (Smith)

The Play

About the Play

Kolin, Philip C. "Parks's IN THE BLOOD." The Explicator 64.4 (2006): 245-8

About the Author

Selected Production Reviews

In the Blood premiered in 1999 at The Public Theater in New York.

Dramaturgy about Specific Productions

Edwards, Louise Smith. "Imag(In)Ing Poverty: Creative Critical Dramaturgy for Susan-Lori Parks's in the Blood." Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy, vol. 17, no. 1, 2006, pp. 27-31.

Moore, Bryan C. "Hester, La Negrita in Iowa City: Staging 'Spells' and Homelessness in Suzan-Lori Parks's In the Blood." Review: The Journal Of Dramaturgy 17, no. 1 (2006): 32-35.


Topic areas related to the play:

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter - In the Blood is inspired in part by Nathaniel Hawthorne 's heroine, Hester Prynne
  • African American single mothers, out of wedlock birth
  • Illiteracy
  • Black Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Welfare
  • Exploitation
  • Capitalism
  • Sexism
  • Filicide
  • One drop rule

Context Sources



Sexism, Sexuality

Single Mothers

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter



One drop rule


Search Google to find images of production photos and set design.

  • "in the blood" AND parks AND production photos
  • "in the blood" AND parks AND set design

See also Artstor, a digital image collection.

  • homelessness, homeless
  • poverty, poor