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Adam Kraar

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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 include Wild Terrain (EST Marathon of One-Act Plays); Empire Of The Trees (NY Innovative Theatre Awards nominee, Outstanding New Script); Freedom High (Queens Theatre in the Park);  New World Rhapsody (Manhattan Theatre Club commission); The Spirit House (Performance Network of Ann Arbor); and The Karpovsky Variations (Playwrights’ Center Ruth Easton New Plays Series).

Adam's work has been produced and/or developed by Primary Stages, N.Y. Stage & Film, Public Theater, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop and many others.  His plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Applause Books (including five Best American Short Play anthologies).  Awards:  Sewanee Writers' Conference Fellowship, Inge Center Residency, Manhattan Theatre Club fellowship.

Adam grew up in India, Thailand, Singapore and the U.S., earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Karen.


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Empire of the Trees


Empire of the Trees is set in India in 1963. When Deborah, a young American woman living in New Delhi, strikes up a literary and romantic bond with a traveling Indian bookseller, she discovers she has a mysterious connection to ancient Indian myth. She tries to share her new awareness with her husband, an ambitious journalist, but clashes with his inter-cultural suspicions, and cruel facts of class and history. Deborah seeks spiritual solace with the bookseller, and from the wise old Banyan tree in her yard – which causes her household to explode, and myth to spill into reality.

Freedom High


Freedom High is inspired by the 1964 "Freedom Summer," when black Civil Rights workers led hundreds of white volunteers on a dangerous mission: registering blacks to vote in Mississippi. The play asks the question, "How can we keep belief in social change alive in terrible, skeptical times?"

New World Rhapsody


Born in the U.S. but raised in Asia, Lenny, 21, arrives in New York City bursting with plans of doing amazing things in the multi-cultural mecca he's loved from afar. Lenny gets an alarming crash course in reality – but refuses to give up his American dream.

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.

Gorgeous Intentions


A serious comedy set at an art colony belonging to Anne Goldfarb, a philanthropist who aspires to make life exquisite for everybody. When Anne's creative, chaotic daughter shows up at the colony – having fled a sanitorium – splendid ideals about family, friendship and art are exploded. 

The Karpovsky Variations


Cast: Mark Benninghofen, Michael Booth, Alex Galick, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Linda Kelsey, Eliza Shin and Joe Urla

Julia Karpovsky’s father is brilliant, talented—and lives half a world away. Growing up among her eccentric and disparate relatives, Julia navigates her way through a family with a missing piece, searching for the elusive notes of her father's clarinet. This musical story traces the Karpovskys' encounters at airport lounges over two decades as they improvise what it means to be a family.

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