TIME

Suzan-Lori Parks

The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright on adapting classics, the black avant-garde and how much of the world is a stage

You’ve adapted several American masterworks, most recently Native Son, which is out April 6 on HBO. How intimidating is that process? I find it joyful. With Their Eyes Were Watching God, I basically got to walk in the footsteps of the great one. I felt like I got to hold the hand of Zora Neale Hurston and say, “Sister, what would you like?” Native Son

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