hotINK at the Lark 2013 Set for 4/17-22
hotINK at the Lark will present seven play readings, written by playwrights who hail from outside of the United States. Each play will be presented once, following an eight to ten hour workshop with a director and actors from the New York theater community. In addition, special events are planned for visiting playwrights and translators.
The 2013 plays are:
PRIDE, PURSUIT, AND DECAPITATION - Marion Aubert (France)
IPHIGENIA AT AULIS - Nicolas Billon (Canada)
THE ADMISSION - Motti Lerner (Israel)
SNIPER ALLEY - Sonia Ristic (France/Serbia/Croatia)
OUTSIDE IN - Claudine Toutoungi (U.K.)
BELA KIZ - Hellie Turner (Australia)
POISON - Lot Vekemans (The Netherlands)
Through hotINK, the Lark seeks to expand its community by reaching out to playwrights beyond our borders, bringing them together to meet and engage with New York theater makers, and to encourage opportunities for further exploration and production.
hotINK began at the Tisch School of the Arts in 2002, and has been part of the Lark Play Development Center since 2011. Major support for hotINK at the Lark has been provided by Wendy vanden Heuvel (W Foundation), Haley Joel Osment, James Roday and Daryl Roth. Since its inception, hotINK at the Lark has been curated by Catherine Coray, who has served on the acting faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing since 1991. She now teaches part of the year at NYU Abu Dhabi, and has collaborated with artists from around the globe as a director, actor, teacher and curator.
hotINK has introduced New York audiences to plays from over 50 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Ireland, Japan, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Wales. Readings are attended by fellow playwrights, literary managers, producers, artistic directors, translators, dramaturgs, scholars, journalists, educators, students and New York theatre audiences.
Founded in 1994, the LARK PLAY DEVELOPMENT CENTER is a laboratory for new voices and new ideas, providing playwrights and their collaborators with resources to develop their work in a supportive yet rigorous environment and encouraging artists to define their own goals and creative processes in pursuit of a unique vision. We embrace new and diverse perspectives here at home and in all corners of the world, supporting innovative strategies to help new work reach audiences through a network of evolving partnerships. We strive to reinvigorate the theater's ancient and enduring role as a public forum for discussion, debate and community engagement, and to strengthen society's capacity to imagine its future through storytelling. The Lark is led by Artistic Director, John Clinton Eisner and Managing Director, Michael Robertson. For more information: www.larktheatre.org.
The 2013 hotINK Plays:
PRIDE, PURSUIT AND DECAPITATION by Marion Aubert, translated by Kimberly Jannarone and Erik Butler (France): Under the cover of one of her many aliases - "M. Auberte the Mad" - the author takes the stage and conjures up a whirlwind of scenes. This comedy about power relations presents some thirty characters at the dinner table, in the bedroom and in the boardroom - at work and at play, but always in trouble. Witness domestic drama, national scandal, and capital crimes - in a word, the everyday insanity of the world we live in. The Chonchons, dramatis personae of this play, come directly from Borgès' book El libro de los seres imaginarios. They can be full of humanity, and then all of a sudden they will sin, out of pride, stupidity or fragility.
IPHIGENIA AT AULIS by Nicolas Billon (Canada): In this retelling, the Greek army, bound for Troy, is stalled at Aulis because the winds have died down. The Gods' price for setting sail is the life of Agamemnon's daughter, Iphigenia, whom he calls to Aulis under the false pretense of marrying her to Achilles. Agamemnon hems and haws about his decision, which leads to explosive arguments with his wife Clytemnestra and his brother Menelaus. Should he sacrifice his daughter for his country? As the army grows restless for action, Iphigenia makes an unexpected decision: she will die for the glory of a Greek victory at Troy.