World Premiere Drama – Parks: A Portrait Of A Young Artist – St. Paul, MN

Apr 3, 2022 | art/design

 History Theatre: Performances now through April 10th!

By Harrison David Rivers
in collaboration with Robin P. Hickman-Winfield
Directed by Talvin Wilks

The story of Gordon Parks, a black man’s journey to becoming a major figure in the American cultural landscape.

Gordon Parks, age 14, left home for St. Paul after the death of his mother. He lived with his sister, until her husband kicked him out of the house and into the streets. While struggling to survive, his mother’s words would echo in his head, “Make a good man of yourself, ‘cause you have a choice. You always have a choice.” Inspired by Parks’s book, A Choice of Weapons, Harrison takes us into the world of young Gordon, who would choose a camera to fight back hatred and discrimination. His passion as an artist would lead him to become a major figure in the American cultural landscape.

Featuring Kevin Brown, Jr. as Gordon Parks & James A. Williams as Pigeon Man

Reviews are out!

‘Parks’ is a biographical musical with a touch of poetry (Star Tribune, 3/22/22)

Biographical drama keeps its focus on lessons from Gordon Parks’ early life (Pioneer Press, 3/21/22)

‘Parks’ shows us the importance of art, as a means of expression, as protest, and as a way out of a dark situation (, 3/22/22)

‘Parks’ worth seeing by anyone interested in how a young man can live through heartbreak, dispossession, discrimination and harrassment without being broken (, 3/22/22)

 History Theatre: Performances now through April 10th!

Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

30 East 10th Street

Saint Paul, MN



 Stream “Parks” from the comfort of your home.

All audience members, artists and staff members must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide proof (digital or paper) of COVID-19 vaccination. Fully vaccinated means that you have completed your vaccine, whether it’s one dose or two, and the final dose was received at least 14 days prior to performance you are attending. Any audience members who are unable to be vaccinated may provide a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the performance they are attending.


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