Lark to Present Reading of Kapil's Agnes Under the Big Top, A Fairy Tale

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The Lark Play Development Center will hold a private reading of Aditi Brennan Kapil's Agnes Under the Big Top, A Fairy Tale on Dec. 11.

Kapil and collaborator Liz Engelman will take part in the table reading that is presented through the the National Endowment for the Arts' newly founded New Play Development Program.

Joining Kapil and Engelman will be Peter Karapetkov, Jack Reuler and Seth Rozin; the latter will outline developmental goals for the production during the roundtable reading.

Agnes Under the Big Top, A Fairy Tale, according to the Lark, "is a quintessentially American story, it is a surreal journey tracing the intersecting paths of a handful of immigrants as they struggle to form a new identity in America without losing connection to their past."

"It's an amazing gift to have the space and means to develop this piece with both artistic integrity and institutional support, and to have national attention for this deeply personal story as it evolves into a piece of theatre. This play brings together a wide array of ideas that are finally surfacing in this complex world combining American, Bulgarian, Indian, and Liberian characters, circus lore, and fairy tale," Kapil said of the NEA program.

As previously reported, the Lark was one of five theatre companies awarded $20,000 in support of new plays that are still in developmental stages. Fellow NEA Distinguished New Play Development Projects include California Shakespeare Theater for Pastures of Heaven by Octavio Solis; The Children's Theatre Company for Happy End to Everything by Lloyd Suh; The Foundry Theatre for Detour/South Bronx by Claudia Rankine; and Rude Mechanicals for I've Never Been So Happy by Kirk Lynn. Administered by Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage, the works involved in the NEA's New Play Development Program will be presented in a 2010 festival at Arena Stage.

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