Kate Tarker

Kate Tarker

Kate Tarker’s plays include THUNDERBODIES (Carlotta Festival of New Plays), An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico (2015 Kilroys List), and Laura and the Sea (finalist, L. Arnold Weissberger award). Ensemble generated work includes Good Job Horses (A Majestic Comedy) with Theatre Forever, and The Most Beautiful Thing in the World at the Yale Cabaret. Her work has been presented by the Lark, the...
Kate Tarker’s plays include THUNDERBODIES (Carlotta Festival of New Plays), An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico (2015 Kilroys List), and Laura and the Sea (finalist, L. Arnold Weissberger award). Ensemble generated work includes Good Job Horses (A Majestic Comedy) with Theatre Forever, and The Most Beautiful Thing in the World at the Yale Cabaret. Her work has been presented by the Lark, the Playwrights’ Center, The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Southern Theater in Minneapolis, LOCAL lab in Boulder, Theater Masters in Aspen/NYC, Salt Lake Acting Company, Nautilus Music-Theater, and the NNPN at the Kennedy Center. She is the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Tofte Lake Center residency, and the Kennedy Center’s National Science Playwriting Award. Currently: Member of Ars Nova Play Group; Affiliated Artist with New Georges; Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center. Under commission from The Wilma / Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation to develop a new play with Dominique Serrand, and a recipient of the 2016 Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award & Commission. As a teacher, she has mentored playwrights at the New Haven Co-Op High School and the Pillsbury House Theatre, and taught playwriting at Wesleyan. Kate holds a B.A. from Reed College & an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. She lives in Brooklyn.

Plays

  • LAURA AND THE SEA
    It’s company outing day, and Laura, one of the top travel agents of her generation, is having the best / worst day of her life. So much so that she decides to end it all. Afterwards, her colleagues try to piece things together on a memorial blog, but how do you mourn someone you didn’t know that well? A comedy about depression, or: a treatise on travel agents who don’t travel.
  • AN ALMANAC FOR FARMERS AND LOVERS IN MEXICO
    Flora and Pelé are so very in love, and just a few days away from their Mexican wedding. Only hitch to getting hitched: Pelé seems to have transformed into a bird. Flora is keeping him in a little cage and negotiating with the judge. When her circle of friends arrives, they do their best to help by cooking, theorizing, and falling in and out of love with one another.
  • THUNDERBODIES
    The war is finally over. General Michail proposes to Grotilde—so she skips ahead and plans the inevitable, but festive, divorce. Meanwhile, the weather is playing tricks on people, as is The President, and Grotilde's son won't accept the armistice. In this comedy of no manners, everyone is normible (both normal and terrible all at once).