Adam Kraar

Adam Kraar’s work includes a quartet of plays about American families living in Asia, and a play inspired by the Civil Rights Movement’s “Freedom Summer.”

His plays have been produced and developed at Primary Stages, The Public Theatre, Theatreworks U.S.A., The New Group, Cherry Lane, LaMama, N.Y. Theatre Workshop, Geva, Performance Network, Alliance Repertory and many others. Fellowships from: Manhattan Theatre Club, Bogliasco Foundation, Millay Colony, New River Dramatists and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Adam’s plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Applause Books (including five Best American Short Plays anthologies).

Recent work includes Empire of the Trees (Wizard Oil Productions at Abingdon Theatre; NY Innovative Theatre Awards’ Outstanding Script Nominee); New World Rhapsody (Manhattan Theatre Club commission); The Spirit House (Performance Network); The Abandoned El (Illinois Theatre Center); Wild Terrain (EST Marathon of One-Act Plays) and Freedom High (Queens Theatre in the Park).

Adam is a Core Alumnus of The Playwrights’ Center and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He was a previously a Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, a Featured Artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and was twice a resident playwright at the Inge Center for the Arts.

Adam grew up in India, Thailand, Singapore and the U.S. He earned an M.F.A. at Columbia University, has taught at the University of Rochester, Adelphi University, Hampshire College and NY Institute of Technology, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Karen.

Current Projects:

Dancing on the Edge: A new play with dance inspired by the stormy marriage of American dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and the Russian poet Sergei Esenin. Commissioned by Theatre Novi Most in Minneapolis. Slated for production in 2015.

Dream of a Deer at Dusk: a lyrical drama focusing on an idealistic 15-year-old girl trying to rescue a 27-year-old autistic man from the persecution of their small town. Workshopped at N.Y. Theatre Workshop. Finalist, National Playwrights Conference.

The Karpovsky Variations: a dark comedy about the diaspora of an American Jewish family, set mostly in their surrogate homes: airport lounges. Developed with The New Group. Selected for Ruth Easton New Play Series; workshop presentation at The Playwrights’ Center in 2013.

Agent: Elaine Devlin Literary (212) 842-9030