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Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3

March 20–April 07, 2018

By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Liz Diamond
A Co-Production with American Conservatory Theater

University Theatre, 222 York Street


In the astonishing first installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks's new American Odyssey, set over the course of the Civil War, Hero is offered his freedom from slavery in exchange for joining his master in the ranks of the Confederacy. Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 is a devastatingly beautiful epic new work filled with music, wit, and exquisite lyricism.

Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 is the second of Yale Rep’s two 2017–18 WILL POWER! productions. The run includes 10:15AM performances on April 3 and 5, 2018, available only to high school groups. Recommended for grades 8-12. To book your group for WILL POWER! performances, please call 203.432.9734 or email yalerep@yale.edu. For questions about content and curriculum, contact Jocelyn Prince at 203.432.1541 or jocelyn.prince@yale.edu.

Contains coarse language.


Father Comes Home: A Civil War Odyssey
March 29, 5–7PM
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, #102 

The discussion will consider both Suzan Lori-Parks’ play and how other playwrights and historians have creatively engaged with America’s past to better understand slavery, freedom, gender, and race. Moderated by Professor Daphne A. Brooks, Yale University, with panelists Professor Tera W. Hunter, Princeton University; Yale Rep-commissioned playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; Professor Michael LeMahieu, Clemson University; and Dean Harvey Young, Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.

Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center and Yale Repertory Theatre.

The Artists

Creative Team

Suzan-Lori ParksSuzan-Lori Parks

Playwright, Songs, Additional Music

Liz DiamondLiz Diamond


Cast Members

Rotimi AgbabiakaRotimi Agbabiaka

Second/Second Runaway

Safiya FredericksSafiya Fredericks

Third/Third Runaway

Dan HiattDan Hiatt

The Colonel

Steven Anthony JonesSteven Anthony Jones

The Oldest Old Man

Chivas MichaelChivas Michael

Leader/First Runaway

Tom PecinkaTom Pecinka

Smith, A Captive Union Soldier

James UdomJames Udom


Gregory WallaceGregory Wallace

Odyssey Dog