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From Page to Stage and Back Again: Lark-Developed Plays in Publication

Playwrights’ Corner
Rows of colorful acting editions of published scripts, lined up neatly across a wood surface.

When I was little, I had the first three Harry Potter books read to me. About once a week, my mother gathered my brother and me, and read to us, which was a beautiful and, yes, even magical, way to experience these stories. However, somewhere around halfway through the fourth book, I got impatient. I couldn't wait until there was a night when my mother's schedule, my brother's schedule, and my own all matched up. So I took the book from my mother's nightstand, and I read ahead myself.

You get it. It's the same feeling you have whenever a Lark public reading ends, and you have no idea when the next one is going to come out.

I'm here to take that stress off your shoulders.

Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (DPS), sponsor of The Lark's upcoming Meet the Writers event at our annual Playwrights' Week festival, works with thousands of theaters to acquire plays that have gone on to production, and make sure they live on after the curtain falls. As publishers of affordable editions of plays by established and early career writers alike, DPS preserves many of the most significant plays of the past century. And yes, their roster includes dozens of Lark-developed plays, that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

So, the next time and you find yourself refreshing your email, hoping to see an announcement about the next new play reading at The Lark, navigate on over to the DPS website instead, and get yourself a cold hard copy of a Lark-developed play.

DPS Inventory of Lark-Developed Plays:

*developed through Playwrights' Week

Call Me Waldo: A Transcendental Romance by Rob Ackerman

Lee Fountain is an ordinary electrician: his boss doesn't appreciate him, his wife keeps correcting him, and his life seems to have lost all meaning. But when Lee starts channeling the spirit of Ralph Waldo Emerson, everyone wakes up.

The Homecoming Queen by Ngozi Anyanwu

At fifteen years old, Kelechi left Nigeria for the U.S., leaving her family and culture behind. Fifteen years later, she is now a best-selling novelist and must return to Nigeria to care for her ailing father. Before she can say goodbye, however, she must relearn the traditions she had wiped from her memory.

The Squirrels by Robert Askins

Scurius, the patriarch of a family of gray squirrels, has collected enough nuts to last ten winters. When a group of starving fox squirrels begs him to share his hoard of food, animosity erupts into a ferocious war.

School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Global Universe pageant. But the arrival of a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends.

Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes by Yussef El Guindi

Ashraf's smarmy agent is offering him a starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Big money, working for his favorite director, and playing opposite his favorite starlet—All Ashraf has to do is play the most stereotypically evil, fanatical Islamic terrorist ever to grace the silver screen.

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Lady of Kibeho by Katori Hall

In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. She is denounced by her superiors and ostracized by her schoolmates—until impossible happenings begin to appear to all.

Somebody’s Daughter by Chisa Hutchinson

Alex, an Asian-American girl going to extremes to get her own mother to notice her, is a dream child—except to her parents who wish she was a boy. Luckily she finds a sympathetic ear in Kate, her irreverent guidance counselor who knows all too well what it’s like to walk in Alex’s shoes.

M. Butterfly, 2017 Broadway Revival Version by David Henry Hwang

Based on the real-life affair between a French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer, this story of international espionage blurs the boundaries between male and female, East and West.

Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang

Asian-American playwright DHH, fresh off his Tony Award win for M. Butterfly, leads a protest against the casting of Jonathan Pryce as the Eurasian pimp in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon.

Moon Man Walk by James Ijames*

Upon hearing about the sudden death of his mother, Spencer returns to his home in Philadelphia to plan her funeral. This magical journey through space and time takes us literally from Philadelphia to the moon and back.

Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph

When a world-renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his school teacher, she discovers that life and love can't be arranged neatly in this drama about finding the perfect fold.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph

The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad.

Describe the Night by Rajiv Joseph

Set in Russia over the course of ninety years, this thrilling and epic play traces the stories of eight men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy theories.

Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph

In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises on the newly-completed Taj Mahal. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concepts of friendship, beauty, and duty, and changes them forever.

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph

Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

The North Pool by Rajiv Joseph

A high-school vice principal and a Middle Eastern–born transfer student engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse, with dangerous consequences.

Fulfillment Center by Abe Koogler

A down-on-her-luck folk singer takes a job at a giant online retailer’s shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his girlfriend. And a drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all.

Teenage Dick by Mike Lew

In this retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III, one of the most famous disabled characters in history is reimagined as a 16-year-old outsider taking on the political turmoil of high school.

Fireflies by Donja R. Love

Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia’s fierce speechwriting is the true force behind her charismatic husband and his successful Movement. But when four little girls are bombed in a church, this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that “this world ain’t no place to raise a colored child."

Sugar in Our Wounds by Donja R. Love

On a plantation somewhere down south, a mystical tree reaches up toward heaven. Generations of slaves have been hanged on this tree. But James is going to be different, as long as he keeps his head down and practices his reading. When a stranger arrives on the plantation, a striking romance emerges, inviting the couple and those around them into uncharted territory.

Cost of Living by Martyna Majok
Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama!

Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a witty doctoral student, hires Jess as a caregiver. An exploration of the chasm between abundance and need, and the space where bodies—abled and disabled—meet each other.

Guadalupe in the Guest Room by Tony Meneses*

Two people—with nothing in common but a shared grief—bond in the most unexpected ways. A celebration of life, new beginnings, and the healing power of telenovelas.

Sweat by Lynn Nottage

A group of friends have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a fight to stay afloat.

Scissoring by Christina Quintana (CQ)

When Abigail Bauer takes a job as a teacher at a conservative Catholic school, she is forced to step back into the closet against the wishes of her long-term girlfriend.

Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan

Rick finds himself caught up as the frontman of the Trump administration’s edicts and loses his humanity.

Transfers by Lucy Thurber

Cristofer and Clarence grew up in the same neighborhood of the South Bronx. Now they’re applying for the same scholarship program at an elite Massachusetts liberal arts university, one that promises to lift them out of poverty. But first, they have to make it through an interview process that will reveal the gulf between their world and the realm of academics, as well as their uncomfortable shared history.

Actually by Anna Ziegler

Amber and Tom, finding their way as freshmen at Princeton, spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but consent is foggy. Actually investigates gender and race politics, our desire to fit in, and the three sides to every story.

The Last Match by Anna Ziegler

Its rising Russian star Sergei Sergeyev against American great Tim Porter in an epic showdown that follows two tennis titans through pivotal moments in their lives, both on and off the court.

The Minotaur by Anna Ziegler

A present-day version of a classic Greek myth, The Minotaur is a contemporary take on love, honor, and human connection.