C.A. Johnson is a Brooklyn-based playwright originally from Metairie, Louisiana. Her plays include ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS (MCC Theater), THIRST (2017 Kilroys List, CATF), THE CLIMB (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), AN AMERICAN FEAST (NYU Playwrights Horizons Theater School), and I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW. Most recently she was the Tow Playwright in Residence at MCC Theater. She was previously the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow, The Lark's 2016-17 Van Lier Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, A Core Writer at The Playwrights Center, a member of The Civilians R&D Group, , a Sundance/Ucross Fellow and a 2018 Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow. Her work has been developed with The Lark, PlayPenn, Luna Stage, Open Bar Theatricals, The Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, and The Fire This Time Festival. BA: Smith College MFA: NYU
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Samira and Greta lead a peaceful life. They have their own clearing in the woods, their own hut, and their son Kalil to keep them laughing. When Kalil returns home one day without their water rations, however, Samira and Greta find themselves in conflict with their local political leader. Set in a tense segregated society, Thirst is a complex look at race and love in war-time.
Marge is a photographer, and her wife Tiffany has been her sole photographic subject for seven years. When Tiffany goes on a month-long hiking trip to get away from it all, both women are forced to question everything from their professional and personal past to the true meaning of a moment captured in time.
Keyonna is sixteen years old, extremely close with her older brother Samuel, and dreams of a better tomorrow. When brother and sister find themselves on the brink of eviction, however, their tenuous life on the edge of the poverty is forever changed by a few hundred dollars, a pretty girl, and a famous Hollywood actress.
Cassidy and Bea are getting married and they've carefully planned a small, uneventful wedding weekend. When Cassidy's younger brother arrives, however, the wedding comes to a crashing halt. Standing on the border between her past and her future, Cassidy must decide what she values most: her origin story or her future.
When Zoe’s wife goes missing (again), her lifelong best friends join her on the island off the coast of Virginia where they spent childhood summers. A play about women, friendship, wild ponies, and love that lasts forever. (Which is to say it is also a play about betrayal…betrayal again and again and again).
The Lark announced C.A. Johnson as a 2019-20 Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop Fellow. The Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop program is designed for robust, peer-based conversation around the generation of new work.
C. A. Johnson selected as one of the playwrights to participate in the 19th annual Sundance Institute Playwrights & Composers Retreat.
Affiliated playwright C.A. Johnson has been named the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow. She will receive a $10,000 award, and another $10,000 to put toward play development. You can read more about it here.