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Carnival Kids - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Carnival Kids

Lucas Kavner

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573799990

A dramedy about the people we choose to let in, and the parts of ourselves we refuse to live with. 

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Mostly Mark and Eckland's apartment in Morningside Heights, New York City. Also a bar, an NYC park, and another bedroom.


Play w/ Music

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Nudity/Partial Nudity, Smoking




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

When an aimless former rock musician finds himself broke with nowhere to go, he’s forced to move in with his son in his cramped New York City apartment. As they try to forge a new existence together, an unusual money-making scheme further complicates their lives and loves. A dramedy about the people we choose to let in, and the parts of ourselves we refuse to live with. 


"Critics' Pick. Surprising and very funny..." - The New York Times, Read More 

"...it is undoubtedly a great show. Its blend of witty dialogue and authentic-feeling drama makes it a thoroughly engrossing work from beginning to end with the type of snappy dialogue and action-rich scenes that entice those who do not normally enjoy theater." - Theatre Is Easy, Read More 

"Kavner’s hilarious play is a love song to slightly immoral and totally irresponsible losers, and it works." - The New Yorker, Read More 

"...a haunting and layered work…There’s an atomic nature to the play; it’s a particle chamber with collisions and scary potentials… Well done, Mr. Kavner." - Stage Buddy, Read More

"Offers a compelling snapshot of five people whose lives intersect via one New York City apartment…Kavner’s play avoids burying the audience in exposition, instead deftly sketching and suggesting lives, past and present… A play rich with repressed and concealed emotions and secrets…a funny and affecting new play." - Culture Catch

Check out these photos of Lesser America's production of Carnival Kids in June 2014.

Carnival Kids premiered at The Barrow Group Theatre in June 2014, presented by Lesser America, and directed by Stephen Brackett.

Developed with Naked Angels and at SPACE on Ryder Farm



3m, 2f


Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting

DALE - 50s. Texan. 
MARK - 20s. Asian-American. 
ECKLAND - mid-20s. He means well.
MARISA - 20s.
KALINA - late 20s/early 30s. Syrian.

Lucas Kavner

Lucas Kavner

Lucas Kavner's plays include Fish Eye (Time Out and New York Magazine Critic’s Picks, included in New York Magazine's Best Theatre of the Year), Carnival Kids (NY Times Critics Pick, recently optioned for film), The Gum Play (EST/Sloan commission), Clickshare, and Barnes & Noble: Frisco, Texas, (solo show, Ars Nova). His plays have been developed with Naked Angels, Rattlestick, Ars Nova, ... view full profile

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An excellent play. Incredible funny and surprisingly moving. Expert writing.

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