Emily Kaczmarek & Zoe Sarnak
2018 Jonathan Larson Grant winners Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek present songs and scenes from their musicals Afterwords and Afloat, as well as never-before-seen works in process. Afterwords is a formally inventive tale of three young women grappling with loss, and Afloat tracks teenagers navigating a dystopian United States ravaged by climate change. A team onstage and off, newlyweds Sarnak and Kaczmarek invite you into their creative process and catalog in this eclectic afternoon of story and song.
Zoe Sarnak is a composer and lyricist whose collaborators include Marsha Norman, Danny Strong, Michael Weiner, and Brian Crawley. She is a Fred Ebb and Billie Burke Award finalist, and has been in residence at Williamstown, NYTW, McCarter, Rhinebeck, and more. Emily Kaczmarek is a playwright, librettist and screenwriter. She is a Kleban Prize and National Playwrights Conference finalist, and has been in residence at ACT, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and more. Jointly, Sarnak and Kaczmarek are currently commissioned by WP Theatre and Northern Stage.
The Larson Legacy Concert Series at the Adelphi PAC celebrates the next generation of artists at the college home of the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT, Jonathan Larson (’82). Each year, the American Theatre Wing presents emerging creators of musical theatre with The Jonathan Larson Grants. Select recipients of these grants are showcased at the Adelphi PAC in this series to help nurture and support the next generation of creative artists to carry on Jonathan Larson’s legacy. Past recipients of these grants have gone on to create the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Grey Gardens, Next To Normal, Elf, Hands on a Hardbody, A Christmas Story and many more.