The Lost Conversation: Interviews with an Enduring Avant-Garde (Paperback)
In this collection of interviews conducted between 2019-2021 with New York theater artists who have spent their lives working in and inventing the avant-garde, playwright Sara Farrington brings to light a series of lost conversations about class, race, difficulty, endurance, and privilege in the New York avant-garde of the past fifty years, as well as conversations about the ephemerality, the always-about-to-be-lostness of the medium itself. Featuring conversations with Joanne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart, Lee Breuer, Ping Chong, Richard Foreman, Andre Gregory, Deborah Hay, Bill T. Jones, Adrienne Kennedy, Lola Pashalinksi, Jennifer Tipton, Kate Valk, Mac Wellman, and Robert Wilson, The Lost Conversation is also a record both of the avant-garde's past and of its urgent present.
Sara Farrington is an NYC & NJ based playwright and co-founder of Foxy Films theater company with Reid Farrington. MFA from Brooklyn College w/ Mac Wellman, HARP Artist at HERE Arts Center for her play CasablancaBox, which was nominated for two 2017 Drama Desk Awards: Unique Theatrical Experience & Outstanding Projection Design. Sara's plays have been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, American Theatre magazine, NY1, El Diario, and more. Recent plays include BrandoCapote, CasablancaBox, Mendacity, Great Hunger, Leisure Labor Lust, Honduras, Cosmicomics, The Return, Near Vicksburg, Mickey & Sage, The Rise & Fall of Miles & Milo. Her work has received support from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Venturous Fund, MediaTHE, Axe-Houghton Foundation, Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation. Sara is a MacDowell fellow, Connecticut College & NTI @ Eugene O'Neill Center grad, Wooster Group intern & actor for 3 seasons at the great Jean Cocteau Rep. Plays published by Broadway Play Publishing. She is one of the original founders of the non-profit Immigrant Families Together & a champion of the #MeToo movement. For more: www.ladyfarrington.com