Several talented local playwrights offered their work during this season, but the play that went beyond a mere facility with dialogue and character was Symons’ Lark Eden, produced at New American Theatre a year ago and then reprised at freeFall in March. It followed three friends from childhood to old age and showed a canny understanding of the changes time, circumstances and accident can bring. Thelma was religious, Emily the poet, Mary the prankster; but all were subject to life’s surprises and difficulties. This was intelligent — no, wise — playwriting. (Jim Sorensen and Natalie Symons married earlier this year; for more on the couple, click on the Power of Twos interview below.)
Watch: Recently married Natalie Symons and Jim Sorensen — Most Promising Playwright and Best Actor — talk w. CL's David Warner during the Best of the Bay awards reception Sept. 19 at Creative Loafing, and Natalie almost spills the beans about a part she just might be writing for her husband.