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Playwrights’ Corner

This week, The Lark was thrilled to open our doors for a Studio Retreat reading of David Zheng's new play-in-process The Years That Went Wrong. The story follows Malik and Slim, two correctional officers at Ruthin’s Correctional Facility, whose  lives are changed when their Chinese childhood friend, Jeremy, arrives as a new inmate. They are forced to ask themselves how their history has led them to where they are now, and when it is time to give up the past to move forward. To give you an inside look at the process, director Zhailon Levingston interviewed David about what went into creating this play, and what he is hoping audiences will get out of it. David, a Van Lier New Voices Fellow here at The Lark, discusses being a first-generation Chinese American, and how he hopes this piece, and his writing in general, can help towards creating spaces of community within the theater field. Check out the video below to hear more of what they had to say!

Video by Christopher Reyes

After certain workshops or roundtables I kind of put the script to the side. Like it's not even about the play anymore, it's about who we are individually as people, and the things we've been through, how we're dealing with those things now, and how they still affect us."
— David Zheng