Clarence Coo Play Receives Reading at The Lark

June 9, 2016

The Lark recently held a reading of Playwriting alumnus Clarence Coo’s ’10 play as part of its 2016 Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Reading Series. Coo developed the play during his residency in the Lark’s prestigious Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Program, which offers five playwrights fellowships to develop new work in 12 bi-weekly sessions each year.

This year’s fellows also included Robert Askins, Jeff Augustin, Martyna Majok and Lucy Thurber. Chapters of a Floating Life follows a Chinese immigrant in 1940s New York as he attempts to create the first mass-market typewriter for his native language.

Coo received the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize, judged by John Guare, for Beautiful Province (Belle Province). His work, which also includes the plays People Sitting in DarknessThe God of Wine and Bahala Na, has been produced or developed at New York Theatre Workshop, Ma-Yi Theatre, New Dramatists, Second Generation, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival, Mu Performing Arts, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Round House Theatre, East West Players, the Mark Taper Forum, the Young Playwrights Festival and the Kennedy Center. His plays have been published by Temple University Press, the New Press and Samuel French.