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What We're Reading: February 2019

What We're Reading
A stack of theater magazines, newspaper clippings, reports, and other paper sit on a wood surface. The central magazine shows a cover photo of a woman singing.

As members of an organization that believes in the power of conversation to promote systemic change, the team here at The Lark often circulates, amongst ourselves, anecdotes and emails about materials we've read lately that have moved us. In accordance with our commitment to the amplification of necessary voices that reflect the world we live in, this new, monthly post compiles some of the media we have been tuned in to, to share with our wider community. We know these are only a sampling of all the insightful work out there, so if we missed anything that had an impact on you this month, we encourage you to share in the comments section!

New York Theater Is About to Get F**ked Up by Joe Dziemianowicz

"Why do writers select a title destined to be sanitized? This curse-happy trio believes in the power of words, including four-letter ones. “My title is the first thing I came up with when I needed a premise. It guided me,” Mirza, 40, told Observer, adding that it established the time frame and an expectation."

Just a great fucking read.

How Tarell Alvin McCraney Moved From ‘Moonlight’ to Broadway — and Beyond ​by Carvell Wallace

"If beauty is the pillar at one end of his work, pain is at the other. McCraney digs unflinchingly into the suffering that pulses at the center of his character’s lives. I asked him about the concern some black artists and storytellers have — that our work may simply boil down to trading in black pain for rent money. 'If the question, for you, about peddling black pain is appropriate,' he replied, 'you also have to think to yourself, well, why am I in so much pain?'"

An in-depth profile of playwright and screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney, exploring his process, themes in his work, and one moment that brought together a pivotal scene in his play Choir Boy, currently running on Broadway.

In Search of Authenticity: Including Disability in Theatre by Andrea Kovich

"Known as the “social model of disability,” this concept identifies the biological condition as the impairment, but points out that it is society that creates the physical and attitudinal barriers that lead to the label. Seen from this angle, disability is actually the result of social conditions that will, at some point, affect every person’s life—whether through aging, an accident, or the experiences of loved ones and friends. The comprehensiveness of this view and the specificity of the voices of disabled playwrights such as Belluso, who speak from their own experience, create compelling and authentic stories."

A HowlRound essay on why the field needs theater created by people with lived experiences.

Lunar New Year on Fakequity

"One of the reasons I love lunar new year is it the only Asian holiday even remotely recognized in the US and Western society. It is one of the few times where Asian children get to see their community come together and celebrate."

Great piece from a new blog we got clued into by Vu Lee of Nonprofit AF!