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The New Black Fest at The Lark 2018

with plays by France-Luce Benson, Donja R. Love, Jonathan Payne, and Liza Jessie Peterson

The New Black Fest at The Lark 2018 will feature four readings of new plays, and will center around the theme of Black Love, Black Space and Solidarity. Join us for this week-long festival of celebrating, advocating for, and showcasing diverse and provocative work in a festival of Black theater artists from throughout the Diaspora!


SCHEDULE:

April 9, 2018 at 7pm
Kick-Off Panel: Black Love, Black Space, and Solidarity

Moderated by Keith Josef Adkins, and featuring Keith A. Beauchamp, C.A. Johnson, Dominique Morisseau, and Quentin Walcott.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place at the Apollo Theater Soundstage, located at 253 West 125th Street, New York, NY, 10027.

April 10, 2018 at 7pm
SISTAH GURLS AND THE SQUIRREL 
by Liza Jessie Peterson

Kitty, the sister of Karmica SutraQuita Jones (of Peterson's Chiron Homegurl Healer Howls) runs an erotic-product business out of her home. A sales-depot of sorts. Several women gather regularly to sell the products and host sex-toy parties around town. But when a squirrel jumps into an open window, chaos ensues, a family secret is revealed, and old wounds come to the surface to be healed.

April 11, 2018 at 7pm
SOFT 
by Donja R. Love

Slammed against a poetic backdrop of Urban America, Mr. Isaiah, a recent hire at a disciplinary boarding high school, is ready to make a difference in the lives of his six male students. When one of his boys commits suicide, he is plagued with the questions: Where do Black and Brown boys go when they die? And what makes someone’s struggle so unbearable that they'd take their own life? While seeking answers to this question, he sees the sorrows that each of his boys dances with - and is reminded of his own.

April 12, 2018 at 7pm
DEUX FEMMES ON THE EDGE DE LA REVOLUTION 
by France-Luce Benson

A pig is sacrificed, a goddess seduces a young bride, and enslaved and self-liberated Africans on the island of San Domingue rise up to end slavery and destroy colonialism. Deux Femmes on the Edge de la Revolution tells the story of the Haitian Revolution from the perspective of two women - an enslaved healer of African nobility, and a French woman sold into marriage. The two form an unlikely alliance on the battle fields of San Domingue, and like the revolution, their journeys will forever change the course of history.

April 13, 2018 at 7pm
BROTHER RABBIT 
by Jonathan Payne

An Easter Play with a false rabbit and a dead Christ, where the scattered tribes of the inner city are alone against the horrors of a terrible plague. Brother Rabbit questions the influence of the church in the Black Community. An institution once so rooted in the upward mobility of a people, may have tragically fallen out of the prestige it once had so long ago.

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