New Plays by Pascale Armand and More Tapped for The New Black Fest at The Lark

Industry News   New Plays by Pascale Armand and More Tapped for The New Black Fest at The Lark
 
The Tony-nominated actor will showcase her written work at the upcoming festival of new plays.
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A new play by Tony-nominated actor Pascale Armand will be among the works on offer at this year's New Black Fest at the Lark. The lineup also features new plays by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and James Ijames, as well as an industry panel and a Storyteller's Night inspired by The Moth.

Kicking off Black Fest on April 1 at the Apollo Theater Soundstage will be a panel titled Black Progress, Black Erasure. Moderated by Artistic Director of The New Black Fest Keith Josef Adkins, the panel will feature playwright Donja R. Love (The Love* Plays), social justice arts and cultural leader Robyne Walker Murphy, and documentary filmmaker and NAACP Image Award-nominee Yoruba Richen (The New Black, Promised Land). The panel will begin at 7 PM.

The first of three new play readings will be Ijames' Tank Stranger Sees the Face of the Divine in the Condensation of a Water Glass, a "super black, super futuristic" retelling of the birth of Dionysus (April 3).

Next up on April 4 will be Armand's $#!thole Country Clapback, a rebuttal to a Donald Trump comment, as well as a chronicle of her family's journey to American citizenship.

Rounding out the lineup is [hieroglyph] by Dickerson-Despenza, set for April 5. The new play explores a 13-year-old girl's experience navigating the Chicago public school system while silently coping with the PTSD of a secret assault at the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina.

All three plays will be presented at the Lark (located at 311 West 43rd Street) at 7 PM. Click here to reserve free tickets.

The Storyteller's Night, an open-mic style event, will be held April 2 at 7 PM at the Lark and will feature stories by Keli Goff, Kareem Lucas, and James Scruggs. The evening will also be open to members of the public to present stories, with sign-ups beginning at 6 PM.

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