NEW YORK CITY: The Playwrights Realm has announced the lineup for its 2020 INK’D Festival of New Plays, featuring new works by the 2019-20 Realm Writing Fellows. The festival will take place Feb. 24-27 at SITI Company.
“What’s so exciting about the Realm’s Writing Fellowship is that it’s not just a writers’ group, we aren’t solely working with our fellows on the development of their plays but are also providing professional development opportunities allowing for the fellows to advance their careers,” said associate artistic director Alexis Williams in a statement. “It’s been so rewarding to see this cohort grow not just as writers, but as professionals carving out their space in the theatre (and larger entertainment) industry. INK’D tends to be the last time we spend with our fellows as ‘theatre babies’; when we see them again, they’re all grown up! This year will be no different—I can’t wait to see what they do next.”
The festival will kick off with Tanya Everett’s A Dead Black Man (Feb. 24), in which the omniscient title character narrates a series of vignettes about the life and death of a Black man. Candis C. Jones will direct.
Next up will be Maya Macdonald’s brunch (Feb. 25), an exploration of four female tropes all in search of “Mr. Right.” Annie Tippe will direct.
Following will be The Lasagna Incident (Feb. 26), by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, about a group of graduate students trying to tell the story of a totally different group of graduate students trying to figure out what stories they’re telling. “Or maybe it’s about lasagna.” Stephen Brackett will direct.
The festival will close out with Balikbayan (Feb. 27), by Christopher Reyes, about a man stuck between two identities who embarks on a journey to his birthplace to find what it means to come home. Peter Kim will direct.
The Playwrights Realm, founded in 2007, provides support to playwrights throughout their creative processes and careers with the Page One Residency, Alumni Playwrights Program, Writing Fellowship, Scratchpad Series, as well as full productions.