The Playwrights Realm will showcase readings of four new works by its resident Writing Fellows this month as part of the 10th annual INK'D Festival of New Plays, running April 15–18. The festival, which will take place at The Loft at Theater 511, will feature plays by Keelay Gipson, Bleu Beckford-Burrell, Sarah Einspanier, and Else C. Went.
In the past, the Realm's INK'D has been a launchpad for resident playwrights, whose fellowships end with this public presentation of their work. Celine Song's acclaimed Endlings, which recently opened at A.R.T, debuted at the festival last year. Other alumni include Patricia Ione Lloyd (Eve's Song), Donja R. Love (Sugar in Our Wounds), and Sarah B. Mantell (Everything That Never Happened).
Here's an overview of the 2019 lineup, in order of appearance:
Gipson’s #NewSlaves, directed by Whitney White (April 15), is an epic fantasia on the commodification and criminalization of the Black Body in America through the lens of the NFL Draft and the prison system.
In Lyons Pride, directed by Estefanía Fadul (April 16), Beckford-Burrell intimately depicts the struggles—and pride—of a Jamaican immigrant family in the U.S.
For I LOVE SEAN, directed by Jenny Koons (April 17), Einspanier has transcribed an entire season of The Bachelor to create a piece that explores the show’s effect on female friendships, expectations, and fantasies.
Went’s Initiative, directed by Emma Went (April 18), plays out within an early 2000s high school Dungeons & Dragons group whose members are striving to figure out their identities—in the game and real life.