Carnival Kids

by  Lucas Kavner

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

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

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Carnival Kids

by  Lucas Kavner

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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. 

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

" 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


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

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

  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


3m, 2f

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

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Cast Attributes

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


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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). H ...

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

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