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Theatre 200: Portfolio Project (Smith): In the Blood

This guide is intended to help students with their final portfolio project.

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.

Context

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

Welfare

Poverty

Sexism, Sexuality

Single Mothers

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

Filicide

Capitalism

One drop rule

Images

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