hotINK at the Lark: Introducing New Plays From Abroad

by Catherine Coray

in Global Citizenship

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(Pictured: playwright Ivan Dimitrov, author of The Eyes of Others, which will have it’s U.S. premiere at the New Ohio Theatre on September 7th)

Following up on a terrific TCG Conference in Boston, and the many conversations we had on international theatre exchange, I am pleased to announce that submissions for hotINK at the Lark 2013 are now open, and I hope fellow TCG members will spread the world to writers based outside the U.S. who might be interested in taking part.

This year, hotINK at the Lark featured work by Nikolai Khalezin (Belarus), Ivan Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Suzie Bastien and Michael Mackenzie (Canada), Giorgos Neophytou (Cyprus), Jessica Cooke (Ireland), Aleksey Scherbak (Latvia), Taher Najib (Israel-Palestine), Linda McLean (Scotland) and Jean Tay (Singapore) and outstanding  directors and actors from the New York theater, including Satya Bhabha, Reed Birney, Kathleen Chalfant, Alvin Epstein, Joe Grifasi, Adam LeFevre, Lisa Peterson, Elizabeth Rich, Lisa Rothe, Deborah Rush, Jay O. Sanders, Giovanna Sardelli, Heidi Schreck, Sturgis Warner and Tamilla Woodard.  The plays were chosen from over 400 submissions, and the best news of all is that productions are being planned for three of the plays; the first is The Eyes of Others, by Ivan Dimitrov, opening Sept 7 at the New Ohio Theatre (Robert Lyons, Artistic Director) directed by Sam Buggeln.  If you’re in the NY area, check it out:  More on the other two plays soon!

Photo of Alvin Epstein and Kathleen Chalfant in Grace and Elizabeth by Jessica Cooke (hotINK 2012)

From April 17-22, 2013, hotINK at the Lark will present readings of 6 new plays from abroad, following two-day workshops of each play.  Other hotINK-related events include a Playwright Round Table that brings together the visiting writers with NYC-based playwrights; a panel, on Translation for the Theatre, in collaboration with the PEN American Center; and informal conversations with cultural representatives, scholars, translators, artistic directors and Lark audiences.

Happily, thanks to a generous grant from the Ford Foundation, flights and accommodations for all selected writers will be provided by the Lark Play Development Center.

Photo of Erica Fae Steven Rishard and Lynn Cohen in DNA by Giorgos Neophytou


The guidelines for submission can be found at: .  The deadline for submitting scripts is October 15, 2012. Contact me if you have any questions at all:  I’d love to hear from other TCG members who are working with playwrights from other countries.

And if you’re interested in the stories playwrights in other countries are telling, and you’d like to  see true international collaboration at work, we look forward to seeing you at the Lark Play Development Center in April!

CATHERINE CORAY is the director of hotINK, a reading festival of new plays from around the world, presented at the Lark Play Development Center in April. hotINK has presented work from over 40 countries, such as Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Libya, Nigeria, The Philippines and Uganda. She is on the faculty of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing and teaches and collaborates with artists in many countries, including Austria, Belarus, Chile, Cuba and Egypt. She teaches each fall at NYU in Abu Dhabi and is planning a conference on Middle-Eastern Women in Theatre that will be hosted by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in NYC in September 2013.