Check out these plays to see Larkees in action throughout NYC!
A trio of Larkees make up this year's group of mentors on the Cherry Lane’s Obie Award-winning Mentor Project! This festival engages leading dramatists in one-on-one mentoring relationships with emerging playwrights for a theater season, the result of which is a showcase production in Cherry Lane's Studio theater. The 2016 plays are:
The Surgeon and Her Daughters
by Christopher Gabriel Núñez
mentored by Rajiv Joseph
Who is Amon El-Hashem? When no one is who they seem to be and fear is the enemy of truth, can two daughters struggling to cope with the abrupt deployment of their mother on a dangerous overseas mission trust a seemingly kind-hearted stranger who suddenly enters their lives and tries to make their family whole again?
The Convent of Pleasure
by Sarah Einspanier
mentored by Sheila Callaghan
Margaret, a scholar, and Katherine, her partner, are moving to small-town Missouri. Katherine packs and Margaret procrastinates while their friend Laurel tries to convince them to stay. REI, self-loathing, and the 17th century threaten their course. A play about trying to escape your surroundings and failing to escape yourself. (And also ants.)
by Antoinette Nwandu
mentored by Katori Hall
A mash-up of the biblical Exodus story and some Godot-inspired absurdity in a modern, urban setting, Pass Over asks, if there is a Promised Land for black men in America, what does it take to get them there?
Rajiv, Sheila, and Katori have all developed work at The Lark, and Rajiv and Katori also serve as members of our Board of Trustees. It's not surprising, really, that this festival is so shot through with Larkees, considering its focus on developing new plays. We love developing new plays.
Written by Lark affiliated playwright and all around cool guy Mike Lew, and developed in our Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop, Teenage Dick reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared? The play was originally commissioned by The Apothetae and its Artistic Director, Gregg Mozgala, who has loaned his acting talents to The Lark many times, and partnered with us to host a convening in May of 2015, aimed at exploring the issues of the disabled experience in theater today.
Gregg Mozgala again!? Of course, because running his own theater company and commissioning game-changing new plays isn't amazing enough, he also made this movie. Enter the Faun, an unlikely collaboration between a veteran choreographer and a young actor with cerebral palsy, delivers astonishing proof that each and every body is capable of miraculous transformation. As Tamar Rogoff trains Gregg Mozgala to become a dancer, they discover that her lack of formal medical training and his fears and physical limitations are not obstacles, but the impetus for their unprecedented discoveries.
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Have we mentioned how much we love our Apprentices here at The Lark? Yes? Well, we'll say it again. We love our Apprentices, and remain ever in awe of their multitude of talents. For example, Development Apprentice, dancer, choreographer, and this time around Assistant Director, Light Board Operator, Producing Intern, and sometimes cameo performer Emma Kimball (whew, I'm out of breath!), has been working with Theater Reconstruction Ensemble to bring to life Rhinbecca, NY. At the intersection of suspense and the absurd lies Rhinbecca, NY. Population 367. The Mayor's head is a bald dome with a half skirt of white hair. He's blue collar, in the community, top of the Food Chain. And he is missing. Enter Don. Don is a stranger from out. He may or may not remember who he is and how he's arrived in town. And his sudden appearance may or may not be directly related to the mystery of the missing Mayor. But his absurdly suspenseful quest to uncover the truth hidden beneath this theatrical facade, loosely inspired by the greatest works of playwright Eugene Ionesco and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, may well leave us all completely transformed.
Developed at The Lark by playwright Anna Zeigler in our Monthly Meeting of the Minds program, Boy explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold. This production also features Larkees Linsay Furman (director) and Heidi Armbruster (an actor in this production, but lately stretching her playwriting muscles in our Roundtable program), so that's two more really good reasons to go.