INK'D 2017

Our Writing Fellowship brings together four early-career playwrights and provides them with the creative and professional development resources for developing a script and building a career. The program culminates with the INK'D Festival: highly-produced staged readings of each of the Writing Fellows' plays. They work with designers for months leading up to the presentations, and elements of these designs are realized on stage.

April 17th – April 20th
The Loft at Theater 511
511 West 54th Street

Sugar in Our Wounds by Donja R. Love
Monday, April 17th at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Directed by Saheem Ali

Somewhere down South stands a mystical tree, branches reaching to heaven and roots gripping blood-soaked soil. Under it, James escapes by reading newspapers smuggled from the Master’s house, while Henry is planning a real-life escape. From a surprise kiss grows the hope of something sweet, but is it enough to overcome the bitterness of slavery, jealousy and fear? Finding an unexpected beauty in our troubled past, Sugar in Our Wounds reminds us that love can—and will—blossom anywhere.

radio island by Liza Birkenmeier
Tuesday, April 18th at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Directed by Katherine Brook

In Lower Drumlin a coyote howls, a white moth beats at the window screen, and coffee drips into a carafe. Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Aden, Somali pirates board a tanker carrying $200 million worth of crude oil. And 7,372 miles away, hostage negotiator Ellen, her girlfriend Rory, and Ellen’s ailing mother try to negotiate a truce of their own. It’s 73 degrees outside. We should all be comfortable. So why aren’t we?

The Birds of Empathy by Clarence Coo
Wednesday, April 19th at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Directed by Jesse Geiger

When Nathan was young, Mr. Lewis taught him about birds. And while Nathan still loves birds, he does not love that Mr. Lewis has suddenly decided to travel cross-country to see him. Or that his ex-boyfriend is getting married. Or that his mom has retired to Costa Rica and can’t figure out Skype. But who needs people when you’ve got birds, and John James Audubon’s illustrations of them! Join Nathan as he reveals the secret lives of birds…and tries to figure out how to take flight himself.

Eve's Song by Patricia Ione Lloyd
Thursday, April 20th at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Directed by Donya K. Washington

Outside, black men and women are being killed by police. Inside, Deborah is trying to keep her smart-but-weird son and newly-out daughter safe and happy as light bulbs pop, shadows come to life, and the house gets strangely colder. With theatricality and lyricism, this unlikely ghost story explores what it means to let your song be heard in a world that’s trying to silence you.

Photos from the 2015-16 INK'D Festival