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In the Beginning

Playwrights’ Corner

In the beginning of the process of writing his new play In the Middle, playwright Donja R. Love found inspiration in the music, arts, and media around him. As a process based organization, The Lark is excited to share some of those materials with you. Check them out below, then RSVP to attend our BareBones® production of In the Middle, running March 2-11, 2018!


In the Babemba tribe of southern Africa, when a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he is placed in the center of the village, alone and unfettered.

All work ceases, and every man, woman, and child in the village gathers in a large circle around the accused individual.

Then each person in the tribe speaks to the accused, one at a time, each recalling the good things the person in the centre of the circle has done...”
— Excerpt from Contact: Four Minutes by Leonard Zulin, quoted in We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For by Alice Walker >


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Oh, Mary, don't you weep, don't you mourn.
Oh, Mary, don't you weep, don't you mourn.
Didn't Pharaoh's army get drowned?
Oh, Mary, don't you weep.

— Mary, Don't You Weep, performed by Aretha Franklin >


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TRIGGER WARNING: This video contains sensitive footage. Three mothers who lost their sons in shootings that caused national uproar bond together and speak out. They are: Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell; and Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown.

— "Lean on Him", an interview with CNN >