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The New Black Fest at The Lark

The Program

Starting in 2015, the Lark has partnered with The New Black Fest in its weeklong festival of celebrating, advocating, and showcasing diverse and provocative work in a festival of Black theater artists from throughout the Diaspora.  With talkbacks and panel events surrounding a 10-hour rehearsal process and public staged reading for six new plays in progress, The New Black Fest provides an opportunity to build a community conversation around the development of new plays.

Sharon Bridgforth & Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones rehearse RIVER SEE/THEATRICAL JAZZ & AESTHETIC SCHOLARSHIPPlaywright Idris Goodwin sits at the table during rehearsals of BARS AND MEASURESPlaywright Christina Anderson & Director Daniel Jacquez during rehearsals of Anderson's ASHES UNDER GAIT CITYPlaywright Dennis A. Allen II during rehearsals of AMERICA'S FAVORITE PASTIMEPlaywright Alexander Thomas talks shop during rehearsals of his SCHWARTZ GEMACHT OR KLAUS FINDS HIS BLACKNESSDirector Jenny Koons and Playwright Idris Goodwin share a smile during rehearsals of BARS AND MEASURESPlaywright Dennis A. Allen II stands close by during rehearsals of AMERICA'S FAVORITE PASTIMEThe New Black Fest at The Lark 2015 kicked off with a panel: New Topics in Blackness (the NEW Civil Rights)Info

The Impact

The Lark is proud to serve as a partner to The New Black Fest in its mission to celebrate insurgent voices within the diverse African diaspora through theater, music and discussion, gathering artists, thinkers, activists and audiences who are dedicated to stretching, interrogating and uplifting the Black aesthetic.

The Selection Process 

The New Black Fest at the Lark is curated at the discretion of TNBF staff, with support from the Lark. 

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