16th Apr 2019
Director: Candy Bowers
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks, presented by Acting Company 19 and graduating Production students.
”F***ing A” by Suzan-Lori Parks is dangerous and soul wrenching epic theatre with songs. The protege of James Baldwin, Parks' play riffs on Hawthorne’s "The Scarlet Letter" while harking back to "Mother Courage" and "Medea". The survival of black womanhood sits at the centre of Parks' dystopic world. Directed by Candy Bowers and set in the current day, the production enlists commentary from Childish Gambino’s “This is America”, Cardi B’s “Money” and Beyoncé’s “Formation.”
The work pivots on Hester, a woman who fights for a reunion with her son in impossible circumstances. Not quite the bottom of the food chain she is marked with the letter A for abortionist. “F***ing A” subverts the morality tale combining it with Greek tragedy to deliver a searing, urgent message... “Freedom ain’t free!”
Not unlike the “The Handmaids Tale” television series, Bowers' production sheds light on dark and uncomfortable places. She tells Parks' otherworldly tale with humanity, humour and depth in the hope that greater consciousness and understanding will follow.
“F***ing A” will rattle you no matter where you sit. Parks' voice is potent and illuminating.
Photos by Drew Echberg
16th Apr 2019
Space 28 - Performing Arts Building
School: Victorian College of the Arts