Plays by David Henry Hwang, Theresa Rebeck Featured in Lark Play Development Center Opening April 26; Event Is Live-Streamed
By Michael Gioia
The Lark, founded in 1994 as a laboratory for new voices and new ideas, opens the Lark Play Development Center, a new artistic center located in New York's theatre district (311 West 43rd Street), April 26.
In celebration of the Development Center, a grand-opening event, organized by producer Bruce Cohen ("American Beauty," "Milk"), takes place at 7 PM. The event will be live-streamed by VirtualOvationTV at LarkTheatre.org.
The evening includes a proclamation of "Playwrights' Day in New York City" and presentations of three-minute plays written for the event by Lark-affiliated playwrights, including Marcus Gardley (The Levee, Every Tongue Confess), Tina Howe (Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances), Samuel D. Hunter (A Bright New Boise), David Henry Hwang (Chinglish, M. Butterfly, Golden Child), Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Arthur Kopit (Nine, Wings), Theresa Rebeck (Seminar, "Smash"), Chisa Hutchinson (She Like Girls) and Andrea Thome; as well as a musical by Doug Cohen and Zoe Samuels.
The Lark Play Development Center is a place for "new voices and ideas, where American and international playwrights are empowered to develop groundbreaking new works of theatre." The Lark gives writers at all stages in their careers free access to a working theatrical lab with essential resources such as actors, directors, mentors, performance space and critical feedback. As each new work develops, the Lark works to secure future development and productions through its network of educational institutions and producing theatres.
The grand opening of the 9,300 square-foot Lark Play Development Center marks the first time the Lark will have a long-term lease on a space that has been customized for the company's purpose. Designed by architect Stephen Furnstahl, the center includes a fully-equipped and flexible studio, designed to act like an erector set where artists can rearrange the room, creating a number of configurations for both rehearsals and performances; a second smaller rehearsal and reading space; a writing room that gives writers a quite space to work; and a community gathering space.
The Lark is led by John Clinton Eisner, a founder and artistic director, and managing director Michael Robertson.
"Our move to this high-functioning facility reasserts our commitment to the ideals of free expression – the respect, trust and enjoyment of the creative process – and we've planned a very special opening event, featuring the work of some amazing artists," said Eisner in a statement.
The grand opening also includes the unveilings of the Mission Wall, which lists board members and sustaining donors; the Community Column, which honors its artist community; and an interactive Lark History Project in their gallery, which tells the story of almost two decades of supporting new voices in the theatre.
Admission to the grand opening is invitation-only. To inquire about attending, contact Lark's development assistant Maggie Albert at (212) 246-2676, ext. 229. For more information about the Lark Play Development Center, visit LarkTheatre.org.
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