Arika Larson

Arika Larson

Arika Larson is a Brooklyn based playwright from Kansas. Her plays include THE SHES (Weasel Festival at The Public Theater), VISITING HOURS (finalist for Creede Rep Headwaters New Play Festival and winner of Himan Brown award), WITHIN TOLERANCE (HMBG winter playwright retreat and readings at The Tank and Brooklyn College) and BIRTHDAY BOY (developed at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Semifinalist, O’Neill...
Arika Larson is a Brooklyn based playwright from Kansas. Her plays include THE SHES (Weasel Festival at The Public Theater), VISITING HOURS (finalist for Creede Rep Headwaters New Play Festival and winner of Himan Brown award), WITHIN TOLERANCE (HMBG winter playwright retreat and readings at The Tank and Brooklyn College) and BIRTHDAY BOY (developed at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Semifinalist, O’Neill). She works with Amios Theatre’s Shotz series and Reign or Shine’s Love Drunk Series. She studied Playwriting at Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.

Plays

  • the shes
    It’s Thursday or Friday night. Two sisters await one period. Spoiler alert: one of them is pregnant. With twins. Six women representing four generations collapse corporeal time—from in utero to beyond death—to celebrate sex and sisterhood, and to decide once and for all if souls exist.
  • visiting hours
    two families, one black and one white, travel across the state to visit a loved one serving a sentence in a medium security prison in rural Kansas. second in a cycle of three plays, visiting hours focuses on what it's like to love someone who is incarcerated. families are separated, messy relationships become messier, or sometimes just fade away, and the entirety of these relationships is packed into...
    two families, one black and one white, travel across the state to visit a loved one serving a sentence in a medium security prison in rural Kansas. second in a cycle of three plays, visiting hours focuses on what it's like to love someone who is incarcerated. families are separated, messy relationships become messier, or sometimes just fade away, and the entirety of these relationships is packed into weekend hours between 10am and 3pm.
  • within tolerance
    new york city, the sixteenth floor, a fitting room. tape, scissors, pins, markers. thirteen women— designers, techs, accountants and entrepreneurs— cut and pin, struggle and strive, calculate and collaborate around one Fitting Model, just your average size 6 girl from the midwest. two hours out of a year in the life of a major fashion brand.
  • Birthday Boy
    It is the coldest night of the year. It is also Kent Rose’s 21st birthday. His mother, his older sister, his stepfather, his girlfriend and the man who lives in the basement have gathered to celebrate his birthday, but he hasn’t yet arrived. Why is he late, and will he ever arrive? And how will his loved ones deal with once again asking these questions?