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NYC's 2019-20 Lark-Developed Plays in Production

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Kara Young standings in front of a red curtain, a music stand in front of her, and silhouettes of an audience obscuring the bottom of the photo. Kara reaches forward with one hand and speaks.
Kara Young reads a scene from C.A. Johnson's ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS at The Lark.

Lark-developed plays take flight! We've scoured the season announcements, cracked open all the brochures, and rounded up a list of when and where all the New York City productions of Lark-developed plays are happening this season! Check out the plays you heard here in process, now in the next phase of their journeys. (Based outside of New York? Check out our "What's Happening" page for more Lark-developed work happening all over the country!)


September 17 – October 19

THE NEW ENGLANDERS by Jeff Augustin
Manhattan Theatre Club

In a mixed race family, a teenaged daughter and her dads are each trying to find happiness. Eisa wants to be the next Lauryn Hill and is struggling to break free of her sleepy New England town where she feels hopelessly trapped. Her fathers are each being pulled in different directions of their own, one trying to re-connect with an old love, the other clinging to the path he always believed would be their future.

October 2 - 27

GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD by Catya McMullen
Ensemble Studio Theatre

Gretchen, Emma and Whitney set off on a road trip south - with homemade female urination devices, too much pie, and ill-advised sexual escapades - to celebrate and mourn a figure from their past.

October 3 – November 10

SEARED by Theresa Rebeck
MCC

Brilliant, hot-headed chef Harry scores a mention in a food magazine with his signature scallops, and his business partner Mike finally sees profits within reach. The only problem, Harry refuses to recreate his masterpiece for the masses.

October 5 – November 17

POWER STRIP by Sylvia Khoury
LCT3​

A young Syrian refugee spends her days tethered to an electric power strip in a Greek refugee camp. Once a middle-class student in Aleppo whose life was dictated by the expectations of men, her sheltered existence has been shattered by a brutal civil war.

October 29 – December 18

ON THAT DAY IN AMSTERDAM by Clarence Coo
Primary Stages

Two young men wake up in the Dutch city after a one-night stand: one is a refugee from the Middle East, the other an American backpacker who is himself the son of immigrants. With only a day before they must part ways, they set off on a romantic journey through the city.

November 14 – January 19

GREATER CLEMENTS by Samuel D. Hunter
Lincoln Center

The once-proud mining town of Clements, Idaho is rapidly disintegrating. As Maggie prepares to close one of the town’s last remaining businesses, a visitor arrives on her doorstep, resurrecting long-buried hope and shame rooted in her family’s past and the town’s history.

November 19 – December 29

ONE IN TWO by Donja R. Love
The New Group

Three young men. One of them will be chosen. They will tell ‘his’ story. A story they’re forced to tell over and over again about his new reality and how he lives with it – until he can’t.

November 22 – TBD

THE THIN PLACE by Lucas Hnath
Playwrights’ Horizons

Everyone who ever died is still here, just in a different part of here. Linda can communicate with them. And if you believe, she can make you hear them, too — in the thin place, the fragile boundary between our world and the other one.

February 4 – March 18

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND by Lauren Yee
Signature Theater

This electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia's most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past.

February 6 – March 15

ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS by C.A. Johnson
MCC​

Sixteen year old Keyonna and her older brother Samuel are living on the brink of eviction while dreaming of a better tomorrow. Too smart, “too gay”, and too lonely to fit in, Keyonna escapes by writing to her muse (or muses) Natalie Portman in her most iconic roles. When “all the Natalie Portmans” start talking back to her, Keyonna finally has to face her own off-screen drama.

March 17 – April 26

THE VAGRANT TRILOGY by Mona Mansour
The Public Theater

In 1967, Adham, a Palestinian Wordsworth scholar, goes to London with his new wife to deliver a lecture. When war breaks out at home, he must decide in an instant what to do. The two parts that follow explore alternate realities based on that decision.

March 19 - April 11, 2020

THE ANTELOPE PARTY by Eric John Meyer
The Wild Project

Five friends gather weekly to revel in their love of the children's cartoon "My Little Pony." But they soon find themselves caught between their innocent Brony role playing game and an increasingly dangerous outside world that keeps changing the rules.

April 15 - May 10

REDWOOD by Brittany K. Allen
Ensemble Studio Theatre

Meg and Drew are a young interracial couple, very much in love and moving in together. But when Meg’s Uncle Stevie sets out to chart his ancestry online, he unwittingly discovers that Meg’s family was owned by Drew’s in the antebellum South. Surprise!

May 12 – June 14

CONFEDERATES by Dominique Morisseau
Signature Theatre​

Sara, a savvy slave turned Union spy, and Sandra, a brilliant professor in a modern-day private university, are facing similar struggles, though they live over a century apart.

June 4 – TBD

PERRY STREET by Lucy Thurber
MCC​

Phil and Maggie live a life of leisure in their West Village brownstone. They find joy bringing aspiring artists into their home and making them part of the family, with a few strings attached. But when their daughter returns from Brown with her new girlfriend, the family is challenged by a series of startling and unsettling events.

July 7 - August 16

culld wattah by Erika Dickerson-Despenza​
The Public Theater

It’s been 936 days since Flint has had clean water. Marion, a third generation General Motors employee, is consumed by layoffs at the engine plant. When her sister, Ainee, seeks justice and restitution for lead poisoning, her plan reveals the toxic entanglements between the city and its most powerful industry, forcing their family to confront the past-present-future cost of survival.

Dates TBD

SANCTUARY CITY by Martyna Majok
New York Theatre Workshop

DREAMers. Lovers. Life-long friends. Negotiating the promise of safety and the weight of responsibility, they’ll fight like hell to establish a place for themselves and each other in America.


Dates are subject to change. List will be updated throughout the year to reflect additional or updated productions.

If you're a playwright who has a Lark-developed play being produced in New York City in the 2019-20 season that you don't see on this list, email olivia@larktheatre.org!

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