THE SECOND INKUBATOR FESTIVAL!
So let me catch you up a bit. The Inkwell team has been reading and reading and reading and reading… scripts that is. We sent out a call for submissions in March and received 428 PLAYS! Over the past several months, we read every single one of them and chose 24 wild and wonderful plays to explore as part of our Inkubator Festival, which launches this coming Monday (Labor Day) and ends October 17th.
As a writer myself, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the imagination and courage of all the writers that submitted plays. Please keep writing and keep in touch with us!
So now, we are about to launch the latest and greatest Inkubator Festival, which will feature 24 plays and playwrights, a forum to discuss the needs for local writers, two fascinating panels exploring the role of the actor in new play development and the challenges that women writers face in the DC area. We’ll also host a class on the mysterious art of dramaturgy… and end the festival with an Inkubator production of The F Word by Melissa Blackall.
Gosh, there’s so much to tell you about. But let’s start with our kick-off event.
Leave that Labor Day barbecue early and join us at The Kennedy Center for a day of new plays and talk of new plays. We are taking over that venerable institution’s North Atrium as part of the annual Page to Stage Festival. Here are all the details you should need...
THE INKWELL'S KICK OFF
of the SECOND INKUBATOR FESTIVAL
Monday, September 7th
at The Kennedy Center's North Atrium
Come join us for any and all of the following events:
SHOWCASE OF PLAYS WITH A POLITICAL BENT at 2:00 p.m.
The Inkwell presents excerpts from a suite of thought-provoking plays that explore topics of the day... from global warming to terrorism, from the ethics of scientific experimentation to the explosive confrontations between people of different classes and culture.
Here’s what you’ll be seeing and hearing:
Island of Outcasts by Fangar Gael
Directed by Jessica Burgess
featuring Danielle Drakes, Fatima Quander, Felipe Cabezas, Gregory Burgess, Lindsay Haynes, and Michael Grew
On the mythical island of Dolphina in the middle of the Caribbean — amidst the storms brought on by a warming planet — two marine biologists hatch a plan to save humanity.
Empire of the Trees by Adam Kraar
Directed by Chris Neibling
featuring Cindy Martin, Frank Mancino, Jamie Jager, and Valerie Fenton
In 1963 — the last year of America's Camelot — a young wife reaches out to a poor bookseller and thief in search of her own perfect kingdom among the ancient trees of New Dehli.
i put the fear of mexico in 'em by Matthew Paul Olmos
directed by Jessica Burgess
featuring Adam Segallar, Ashley DeMain, Betsy Rosen, Jon Reynolds, and Rachel Beauregard
A chance encounter in the back alleys of Tijuana bring three couples together across borders of wealth, opportunity, and love... while setting in motion a confrontation that will tear their worlds apart.
Monkey Adored by Henry Murray
directed by Chris Niebling
featuring Cindy Martin, Valerie Fenton, Frank Mancino, Jamie Jager, and Steve Beall
It's a dangerous world for animals. That’s what Sonny the monkey, Brown Spot the dog, Madeleine the cat, and other species find time and time again as they search for love and purpose in the underdog fight against the pernicious, bewildering ways of man.
A PANEL DISCUSSION: THE ACTOR AND THE
NEW PLAY at 5:00 p.m.
How do you built the most fruitful partnership you can between actors and playwrights?
The Inkwell brings together actors, playwrights, and dramaturgs to investigate the inspirations and the impediments that actors encounter while working on a new play — and that playwrights encounter working with actors — in hopes of defining some best practices for the actor/playwright collaboration.
Our impressive panel of experts include: awarding-winning actors Naomi Jacobsen and John Lescault, dramaturg and Artistic Director of Maryland's Active Cultures Mary Resing, playwright and dramaturg Jacqueline E. Lawton, and Jason Loewith, the Executive Director of the National New Play Network.
A STAGED READING OF MELISSA BLACKALL'S THE F WORD at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Jessica Lefkow
featuring Alice Gibson, Jason B. McIntosh, Jessica Lynn Rodriguez, Prairie Griffith, Thierry Barston, and Patrick Magill
We’re so proud to present the latest iteration of Melissa’s biting play about America's obsession with the dirtiest word in the English language… FAT. She’s been working with us for 18 months now, and we think you’ll be excited to join the journey of her characters Belly, Toothpick, Stout, Voluptuous, Lean, Huge, and Blimp as they search for their perfect size and shape — physically, psychically, and spiritually. (You can learn more about the development process for this play in previous Inkblog entries, like this one.)
AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE INKUBATOR PRODUCTION OF THE F WORD, OCTOBER 13th THROUGH OCTOBER 17th, at H Street Playhouse.
More to come about the festival, readers… and soon!