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The Lark is proud to announce...
PLAYWRIGHTS' WEEK 2008
In partnership with the Indo-American Arts Council
September 22 - 28
|Meet The Writers
Monday, September 22 @ 7pm
Meet the 2008 Playwrights' Week Playwrights! Hear the writers read excerpts from their work and stay afterwards to mingle with the playwrights at our opening night reception.
by David Jenkins
directed by Josie Whittlesey
Tuesday, September 23 @ 4pm
Michael and Stan are two mid-level employees of a large, nameless corporation. They've worked hard. They've stayed in place. They've done exactly what's been asked of them. Now, they're bracing for the consequences. middlemen: an existential comedy about denial, adulthood and non-dairy creamer.
by Motti Lerner
An Iran-Israel-US collaboration, created by Mahmood Karimi-Hakak,
Motti Lerner,Roberta Levitow, Daniel Michaelson, & Torange Yeghiazarian.
Translation from the Hebrew by Anthony Berris
directed by Daniella Topol
Tuesday, September 23 @ 8pm
72 hours before an American attack on the nuclear facilities in Iran, an Israeli arms dealer tries to rescue his sister from Teheran. He meets his childhood friend who is an influential Iranian Ayatollah and together they get involved in the last attempt to prevent the war.
TRUTH SERUM BLUES
by Ismail Khalidi
directed by Margarett Perry
Wednesday, September 24 @ 4pm
Infused with questions about family, exile, and home in the post-9/11 era, this play delves inside the tortured mind and body of Kareem--a young Arab-American man stripped of his rights and lost in his own memories. As the play glides between Guantanamo Bay, the Middle East, and urban-America, the lines between innocence and guilt become increasingly blurred and the freedom of imagination is given a new meaning.
In The Sawtooths
by Dano Madden
directed by Kristin Horton
Wednesday, September 24 @ 8pm
As Oby, Nellie, and Darin prepare for their annual backpacking trip to the mountains of Idaho, their bond is unexpectedly shattered by tragedy. What will become of their longtime friendship as they navigate through an immense and unexpected wilderness?
by Allison Moore
directed by Alan Greenfield
Thursday, September 25 @ 4pm
When she’s cast as the “last girl” in a low-budget slasher flick, Sheena thinks it’s the big break she’s been waiting for. But news of the movie unleashes her mother’s thwarted feminist rage, and mom is prepared to do anything to stop filming-even if it kills her.
by James McLindon
directed by Jim Abar
Thursday, September 25 @ 8pm
All that young Simon wants for Christmas is to receive the stigmata and become God’s prophet, and if religious fervor has anything to do with it, he’s a shoe-in. So when the mysterious Harbinger appears to him in the Walmart parking lot, Simon knows that she is God’s angel, the answer to his prayers. Or is she?
by Lila Rose Kaplan
directed by Sarah Rasmussen
Friday, September 26 @ 4pm
Crested Butte is the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. When a woman and her troubled son arrive, they encounter a forest ranger, an ex-drag queen, and a very curious girl. Five disparate souls collide in a summer of desire and unexpected consequence.
The Twelfth Labor
by Steven Gridley
directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni
Friday, September 26 @ 8pm
Follows a single day, October 15th 1949, filtered through the warped and damaged mind of an Idaho farm girl. Through her memories, dreams, and swirling language, we come to understand the price she and her family have paid for a little dignity as they await the return of their long absent father, lost somewhere in the war, half a world away.
by Mark Borkowski
directed by Lisa Rothe
Saturday, September 27 @ 4pm
When a mentally disturbed father seeks forgiveness for sins against his family, he asks his son to help him take the only action he believes will fully absolve him: he wants to be crucified. His request unveils the family’s darkest secrets and forces them to confront their demons.
by Kathleen Cahill
directed by Sturgis Warner
Saturday, Sepember 27 @ 8pm
Margaret Fuller and the Transcendalists are not a rock group. And this isn't your typical history play... but Margaret is the woman who inspired Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
by Lina Patel
directed by Ian Morgan
Sunday, September 28 @ 7pm
An inventive fusion of Chekhov's Three Sisters and Tagore's The Home and the World, Sankalpan evokes a time of revolution that draws sharp parallels to the geopolitics of today.
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Playwrights' Week 2008 is generously supported, in part, with public funds by the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and with major support from
Jerome Foundation, NYC City Speaker Christine Quinn, Time Warner’s
Diverse Voices Fund and MetLife Foundation.
Our lead partner organization of Playwrights' Week is
the Indo-American Arts Council
The official beverage sponsor of Playwrights' Week is General Bilimoria Wines
Lark's programming is generously supported by Altria, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, American Theatre Wing, Axe-Houghton Foundation, Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Dramatists Guild Fund, FONCA (Mexico Fund for Arts and Culture), Friars National Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The John Golden Fund, Lucille Lortel Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Newman's Own Foundation, New World Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, and Trust for Mutual Understanding
Playwright fees supported by The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation