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Playwrights' Week 2017

Playwrights' Week 2017

with plays by Sam Chanse, Larissa FastHorse, Caroline V. McGraw, Francisco Mendoza, Eric John Meyer, and Briandaniel Oglesby

Playwrights’ Week is an annual, intensive seven-day festival designed to foster a peer-based community among a cohort of writers with new work in development.  Selected via a year-long Open Submissions process, The Lark provides six playwrights with crucial creative resources in a nurturing and rigorous laboratory setting, which includes a series of group conversations around the work. Each new play receives ten hours of rehearsal in advance of a public staged reading, focusing on the writer’s self-stated developmental goals. The Playwrights' Week 2017 line up is as follows:


Monday, October 30, 2017
7:00PM
​A Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Sponsored Event

MEET THE WRITERS

Moderated by The Lark's Andrea Hiebler and Krista Williams

This panel conversation features excerpts from each of the plays, read by the writers themselves, and is followed by a kickoff reception. MEET THE WRITERS will also be streamed via Facebook Live on The Lark's pageGET TICKETS


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
3:00PM

​THE OTHER INSTINCT
by Sam Chanse​

Tara serves as a gestational surrogate in a Gujarat clinic for Denise, thousands of miles away in California. Each woman is set on realizing her dreams in a rapidly changing world, but complications only intensify as a deeply personal experience becomes a global transaction. GET TICKETS

7:00PM​

I GET RESTLESS
by Caroline V. McGraw

Hazel just started a job at a top law firm, bought a condo, and married a man who adores her. But, after an accident on her honeymoon, she can't remember how--or anything else about the past six years. Now Hazel must find out who she is without the help of who she was. GET TICKETS


Friday, November 3, 2017
3:00PM

THE ANTELOPE PARTY 
by Eric John Meyer

Times may be tough in the neighborhood, but the Rust Belt Bronies Meet Up Group for Adult Fans of My Little Pony is still gathering weekly to share their feelings, their homemade costumes, and their love for Twilight Sparkle and the rest of the Mane Six. It's an innocent escape from reality--until one of their meetings is interrupted by the neighborhood watch. People used to think the neighborhood watch was a joke. But lately they've been getting more popular--and more aggressive. It's not funny anymore. And it's definitely not a game. But when they start demanding everyone play by their rules, what's a Brony to do? GET TICKETS

7:00PM

MACHINE LEARNING
by Francisco Mendoza

When his estranged, alcoholic father is diagnosed with liver cancer, computer scientist Jorge creates a nursing app to manage the disease. But as the machine's capabilities grow, it attracts the attention of the tech industry, forcing Jorge to choose between staying by his father's side or dedicating to his passion. Dealing with issues of immigration, legacy, and life dreams, Machine Learning explores what it means to be children - and what it means to be parents. GET TICKETS


Saturday, November 4, 2017
3:00PM

THE THANKSGIVING PLAY
by Larissa FastHorse

​Four people attempt to devise a politically correct play for the local schools to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Native American Month.  In order to be as respectful and accurate as possible, the three white actors defer to the only Native American in the room for guidance – a woman whose perspective on history and cultural respect is wildly different from their own. GET TICKETS

7:00PM

SMALL STEPS
by Briandaniel Oglesby

Finally fed up with the bot-and-disappointment-filled world of online gay dating, Skip Powers volunteers to go to Mars. The National Association of Space Astronauts says, “Sure, you'll do." This is a comedy that travels a million years and 50 million miles. GET TICKETS

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