The Lark Theatre Company's production of Pera Palas received critical acclaim earlier this year. Now the company returns with The Last Days of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, In Exile by David Foley, playing Dec. 9-14, at The Lark Studio.
Fact mixes with fiction when Foley takes a farcical look at Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of the American Atheists. O'Hair initiated the 1963 Supreme Court case which removed bible study and prayer from the public school system. A few years ago, O'Hair, along with her son and granddaughter, disappeared with an estimated million dollars from her non-profit organizations. Foley expands those facts into a farce, where O'Hair and her family live on an island paradise and argue with ghosts and with the strange rituals put forth by the island's king.
Last Days is being produced as part of The Lark's "BareBones" Season, which highlights new, fully rehearsed plays with the simplest suggestion of the normal trappings of production (set, lights, costumes). Pera Palas started for The Lark in their BareBones Season.
The production is directed by Laura Tichler, with a cast including Richard Bowden, Fred Burrell, Bob Greenberg, Antoinette LaVecchia, Stephen X. Lee, Julia McLaughlin, and Les J.N. Mau.
The Lark Theatre Company's BareBones production of The Last Days of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, In Exile by David Foley, plays Dec. 9-14 at The Lark Studio (939 Eighth Ave). For tickets ($12) or more information call (212) 246-8355. -- By Sean McGrath