2018 INK'D Festival of New Plays

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 16th – April 19th
The Loft at Theater 511
511 West 54th Street

Christina Quintana’s Azul
Monday, April 16th – 3:00 & 7:00
Directed by Logan Vaughn

At age nine, Yadra left Castro’s Cuba. Now, as Alzheimer’s sets in, her mind returns to that time and place, and family secrets are unearthed for her American-born daughter, Zelia. With her wife, Zelia embarks on a journey to try to understand the love that led her mother’s beloved tia-abuela to stay behind—and to better understand herself. Spanning two countries and three generations, Azul fuses music and memory to ask: what is the true language of love?

Celine Song’s Endlings
Tuesday, April 17th – 3:00 & 7:00
Directed by Sammi Cannold

On the Korean island of Man-Jae, the world’s last three haenyeos (“sea-women”) spend their dying days carrying out the tradition of diving for seafood with nothing but regret and rusty knives. Meanwhile, in New York City, Ha Young is suffering too, trying to write a play about the haenyeos that White Theatres will actually produce! Wildly theatrical, this play within a play in a world all its own offers a warning: don’t give your life to an island… unless it’s the island of Manhattan.

Sarah B. Mantell’s Everything That Never Happened
Wednesday, April 18th – 3:00 & 7:00
Directed by Desdemona Chiang

Jessica wants to be with Lorenzo, and Lorenzo wants to be with Jessica. The only thing standing in their way is her father, Shylock, a complicated relationship with her servant Gobbo, and thousands of years of Jewish culture and history... With as many twists and surprises as the narrow streets of Venice, Everything That Never Happened turns Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice inside out, and reminds us that stories are as much about what we leave out as what gets left in.

Isabella D’Esposito’s
Albert County Public Library System; Lakeside Branch

Thursday, April 19th – 3:00 & 7:00
Directed by Jessi D. Hill

The spectres of death and disaster loom over the Lakeside Branch—and not just in its popular vampire romance novels. Octogenarian volunteer coordinator Agatha wants things to run like they always have, but her elderly team is quickly shrinking, her fractious relationship with grief-stricken teen Madison is testing library loyalties, and to top it all off, someone is drawing men’s you know whats in all the books! You’re never too old (or young) to learn that in libraries, as in grieving, sometimes things have to fall apart for better things to come together.

Photos from the 2016-17 INK'D Festival