The New Black Fest at The Lark 2019
Join us for this week-long event celebrating diverse and provocative work in a festival of Black theater artists from throughout the Diaspora! With talkbacks, panels, and public staged readings for a series of plays in progress, The New Black Fest at The Lark aims to gather artists, thinkers, activists, and audiences who are dedicated to uplifting the multiplicity of the Black aesthetic.
BLACK PROGESS, BLACK ERASURE: A Kick-Off Panel takes place at
the Apollo Theater Soundstage | 253 West 125th Street
All other events take place at
The Lark | 311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019 at 7:00PM
BLACK PROGRESS, BLACK ERASURE
A Kick-Off Panel
This panel will be moderated by Artistic Director of The New Black Fest Keith Josef Adkins, and will feature playwright and 2018 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award-winner Donja R. Love (Sugar in Our Wounds, Fireflies), social justice arts and cultural leader Robyne Walker Murphy, who currently serves at the Executive Director of Groundswell, a youth development program that uses public art making to ignite personal and societal change, and documentary filmmaker and NAACP Image Award-nominee Yoruba Richen (The New Black, Promised Land).
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019 at 7:00PM
Inspired by The Moth
Hear from The New Black Fest at The Lark featured storytellers in this open-mic style event inspired by The Moth! Featured storytellers Keli Goff, Kareem Lucas, and James Scruggs will share theatrical, first person accounts of true stories from their lives, followed by a slam open to members of the public. Those interested in signing up should be prepared to follow The Moth's regulations of storytelling style. We will begin taking sign-ups for the slam in-person, starting at 6:00pm on the night of the event. Five minute max for slam pieces. First come first served!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 at 7:00PM
$#!THOLE COUNTRY CLAPBACK
By Pascale Armand
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019 at 7:00PM
TANK STRANGER SEES THE FACE OF THE DIVINE IN THE CONDENSATION OF A WATER GLASS
By James Ijames
The Stranger family are weird and Tank Stranger is the weirdest of them all. So weird he might be aliens...or part alien? Bi-terrestrial? In this, super black, super futuristic retelling of the birth of Dionysus, the Stranger family discovers one of their own is from another planet and has to choose whether to stay on this slowly warming dumpster fire called earth or go to another world in another galaxy where the people live like gods and drink sunlight like water.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019 at 7:00PM
by Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Two months after Hurricane Katrina, 13-year-old Davis and her father Ernest find themselves in Chicago. With her mother dedicated to the fight for Black land ownership in New Orleans and her father committed to starting a new life in Chicago, divorce threatens to further separate a family already torn apart, and Davis is left hanging in the balance. [hieroglyph] explores Davis' experience navigating the Chicago public school system while silently coping with the PTSD of a secret assault at the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina.