Hi! My name is Max Schwager and I am The Inkwell's intern! Or, as advising dramaturg Jenn Book Haselswerdt punned, I'm the company's Inktern. (Inkwell people love their puns... I'm still getting used to them.) 

On Saturday, February 9, I had the opportunity to attend my first ever FIRST CONTACT Showcase at The Inkwell (hopefully the first of many). I am a junior at The George Washington University, studying Theatre and Journalism, and just started interning with The Inkwell this semester. I have never seen a staged reading before, and am completely new to the "new play" environment, having only worked on established works in school. The showcase was my first time getting a glimpse behind the scenes a professional theatre environment, something I have never had the opportunity to see before.

Not only was it exciting to see three brand new works being worked on (and they are awesome by the way), but it was really exciting to see how professional actors work in a reading setting. So much of The Inkwell's process is about "pulling back the curtain" on new plays, and the day I spent observing definitely pulled this curtain back more than ever before for me. 

The day started at 2 pm, when I walked into a classroom turned rehearsal space at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in downtown DC, and found a group of actors waiting for their director, Ryan Maxwell, to arrive. It was interesting for me because I had never met anyone involved in this first reading, so I didn't know what to expect when I got there. As soon as he arrived, the cast set up music stands and got right to work on the first piece of the day: Monnie King's The Apple Falls

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All three of the works had been previously rehearsed earlier in the week at table reads, so this rehearsal was focused mostly on blocking. Blocking? For a staged reading? Doesn't make sense, right? But the directors actually used a surprisingly large amount of movement to help clarify the relationships and story lines in the plays. 

The next three hours were a rotating door of directors and plays, all rehearsed in 80 minute blocks. The cast stayed for all three rehearsals, which gave a sense of continuity to the day (for me at least). The rehearsals for the other two plays, Jen Silverman's Phoebe in Winter (directed by Amber Jackson) and Erin Bregman's A Bid to Save the World (directed by Jess Jung), were rehearsed in a very similar manner to the first. 

After a two-hour dinner break, the cast and directors reconvened to the same classroom, now transformed into a performance space with an audience, to perform the readings for an audience that included The Inkwell leadership team, dramaturgs, friends, and guests. 

It was interesting to see how a staged reading can really transform with only a short rehearsal period for only excerpts of the plays. The readings carried the magic of these plays and really gave an idea of what a full production could feel like. Each excerpt was carefully thought out to give a real arc for the characters and stories. The directors also made sure to take advantage of the space, and have actors move between different music stands (and one even incorporated a division in the room in his blocking). The actors also did a great job differentiating characters, as the plays were performed back to back with the same actors. 

The experience as a whole was a standout in my theatrical experience, and I loved my first real "inky" experience - and can't wait to see more and also see what becomes of these three great plays!
Join The Inkwell on Saturday, February 9th at 8 p.m. to THROW A WRENCH IN THE WORKS, a FIRST CONTACT showcase of new plays by Erin Bregman, Monnie King, and Jen Silverman. Find out what happens to the world as we know it when someone monkeys with systems far more vast than we can fathom.

Saturday, February 9th at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS TROUBLE 
Email reservations@inkwelltheatre.org to reserve your seat!

Erin Bregman will present an excerpt from her latest draft of A Bid To Save The World. Read on to learn more about Erin and her work!

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ERIN BREGMAN
A Bid To Save The World

What happens when Death retires and the human race lives on, generation after generation, to forget the time when life would inevitably end?  Curiosity, restlessness, and regret lead four people to revisit the last days of death... and find a way to reconnect to their bodies, hearts, and souls.

"Leaves in winter, that's what my fingers are.  
Pieces of
something should have blown into some pile to be rake away
half a season ago.
Look at them.
No wonder nobody likes me."
Death from A Bid to Save the World

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ERIN BREGMAN is a current resident playwright at the Playwrights Foundation and PlayGround, and company member of Just Theater and 2x4. She has had work produced or developed with Just Theatre, The Lark, the Playwrights Foundation, American Conservatory Theater, FuryFactory, PlayGround, Actors Theatre of Santa Cruz, and UCSB New Plays Festival, and has received commissions from the Magic Theatre/Sloan Foundation (2006), Just Theater (2008), and PlayGround (2009, 2010). Erin has been a multi-year finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the Jerome Fellowship, and Aurora's Global Age Project. During the day she works as a teaching artist for the San Francisco Opera, and runs Little Opera, an all-kids opera company.

Join The Inkwell on Saturday, February 9th at 8 p.m. to THROW A WRENCH IN THE WORKS, a FIRST CONTACT showcase of new plays by Erin Bregman, Monnie King, and Jen Silverman. Find out what happens to the world as we know it when someone monkeys with systems far more vast than we can fathom.

Saturday, February 9th at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS TROUBLE 
Email reservations@inkwelltheatre.org to reserve your seat!

Monnie King will present an excerpt from her latest draft of The Apple Falls. Read on to learn more about Monnie and her work!

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MONNIE KING
The Apple Falls

The entire population of the US is on the verge of being infected by an invisible, deadly virus and Pauline Spencer is the only woman on the planet with a cure - or at least that's what she thinks. Living in her own distorted, schizophrenic world, Pauline wanders the streets warning about the imminent plague to all who will listen. Can Pauline's sister Emma save her from her disease, or should she surrender to a hopeless cause? Where does support end and co-dependence begin? 

"Three percent of the population hallucinates and 
twenty-five percent of the time it goes away. 
Nobody knows why. ... 
There's no clinical proof that it's an illness. 
No test, no scan! It doesn't exist! 
Except to people who make a living off it! ... 
Hallucinating never killed anybody." 
- Mom in The Apple Falls

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MONNIE KING was awarded an M.A. Classical Acting from the Royal Central School in London in 2003.  She holds an MBA from Loyola University and was a 2009 invitee to the Kennedy Center Playwrights Intensive. She's been on stage in London and South Florida and has written several award-winning plays produced in South Florida. She is currently the Producing Artistic Director of the Key West FRINGE Theater. She and actor/director husband Peter divide their time between Fort Lauderdale and Key West. King is a member of the American Dramatists Guild and British Equity.

Join The Inkwell on Saturday, February 9th at 8 p.m. to THROW A WRENCH IN THE WORKS, a FIRST CONTACT showcase of new plays by Erin Bregman, Monnie King, and Jen Silverman. Find out what happens to the world as we know it when someone monkeys with systems far more vast than we can fathom.

Saturday, February 9th at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS TROUBLE 
Email reservations@inkwelltheatre.org to reserve your seat!

Jen Silverman will present an excerpt from her latest draft of Phoebe in Winter. Read on to learn more about Jen and her work!

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JEN SILVERMAN
Phoebe In Winter

A father awaits the return of his three sons from a distant war... especially the return of his youngest, Liam, his favorite.  His wish is partly granted with his two older sons arrive home, seemingly unscathed.  But along with them comes Phoebe, a mysterious wanderer who -- as the newly reunited family waits for Liam -- brings with her a far greater reckoning than the war that's wounded and warped them all.

"See you that I alone have come; 
that my hand shall take hold of judgment; 
that the foot of my enemies shall slide; 
that the night is come, that the time makes haste to come." 
- Phoebe in Phoebe in Winter

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JEN SILVERMAN was raised in America, Europe and Asia and is based in New York. Her play CRANE STORY was produced off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre by the Playwrights Realm in 2011, and her play AKARUI premiered with Cleveland Public Theatre in spring 2012.  She is an affiliated artist with The Lark, New Georges and Playwrights Realm, a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre and is in the Groundbreakers Playwrights Group at terraNOVA. She has also developed work with Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NY Stage & Film/ Powerhouse, Seven Devils, and Abingdon Theatre. She is a two-time finalist for the O'Neill, and a two-time finalist for the Heideman Award. Her play STILL won the Jane Chambers Award. She recently received a commission from InterAct Theatre and the NNPN to write THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE. She has held residencies at Hedgebrook, New Harmony Project, the Millay Colony, and MacDowell (2012 and 2013), and has an upcoming residency at Djerassi. Jen was the recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and a 2011 US Delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange. BA: Brown University. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop. http://www.jensilverman.com

Join The Inkwell on Saturday, December 15th at 8 p.m. for THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY, a showcase of new plays by Nicole Jost, Eric Loo, and Matthew Paul Olmos. Even the clearest vision blurs when art smashes into interpretation, nightmares collide with reality, and the apocalypse splashes against dry land.

Saturday, December 15th at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS  MISPERCEPTION 
Email reservations@inkwelltheatre.org to reserve your seat!

Matthew Paul Olmos will present an excerpt from his latest draft of the death of the slow'dying scuba diver. Read on to learn more about Matthew and his work!

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MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS
the death of the slow'dying scuba diver

The ordinary household toilet: waste flushes away, disappears from your life, hopefully to be gone forever. But when the toilet becomes a two-way street and fish get curious and then furious, humans have to face the consequences of flushing away the future.

"I think there is something along the bottom of where I live and I think that you know what it is. 
You see, lately, even I can feel this...heat? D'you know? 
This aggressive movement inside my...and right now something inside is telling me 
that you know what happened to that man hanging in our ocean. 
That you know what's happening to my friend. 
And... I'm not gonna pretend I know what it is I'm doing. 
This is all fucking freshwater to me." 
- Asexual Shrimp in the death of the slow'dying scuba diver

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MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS was most recently awarded the 2012 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting and selected as a 2013 Sundance Institute Resident Playwright at UCROSS. He was also named, by Sam Shepard, as the inaugural recipient of the La MaMa e.t.c.'s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award. He is a 2012-13 New York Theatre Workshop Fellow, was a Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellow, and a two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite. He received the BBC International Playwriting Top Prize of the Americas for his play THE NATURE OF CAPTIVITY and is an Ensemble Studio Theatre lifetime member. His play I PUT THE FEAR OF MEXICO IN'EM (previous Inkwell showcase) world premiered in fall 2012 in Chicago, and was published by Samuel French. The first play in his 3-play cycle SO GO THE GHOSTS OF MEXICO world premieres at La MaMa etc in April 2013. www.matthewpaulolmos.com.

Join The Inkwell on Saturday, December 15th at 8 p.m. for THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY, a showcase of new plays by Nicole Jost, Eric Loo, and Matthew Paul Olmos. Even the clearest vision becomes clouded when art smashes into interpretation, nightmares collide with reality, and the apocalypse splashes against dry land.

Saturday, December 15th at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS  MISPERCEPTION 
Email reservations@inkwelltheatre.org to reserve your seat!

Eric Loo will present an excerpt from his latest draft of The Snake Charmer. Read on to learn more about Eric and his work!

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ERIC LOO
The Snake Charmer

In 1868, French painter Jean-Leon Gerome visits Turkey and, in adopting a naked street urchin, finds inspiration for his masterpiece, The Snake Charmer. In 1978, a closeted suburbanite hires a young male go-go dancer as a model for his recreation of Gerome's painting. In an art history class in 2012, a lecture on The Snake Charmer helps an art professor to befriend a first-generation college student interested only in facts, not art. Creation and interpretation intersect across space and time as a work of art becomes both the window into another world and the mirror of each viewer's darkest secrets. 

"But that's the charm of this painting. 
It draws us in. 
Despite our intellect. 
Despite our aversion. 
Despite our better judgment." 
- Jillian in The Snake Charmer


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ERIC LOO was born in Los Angeles, attended college at Santa Clara University and has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His play On the Subject of Lilla was a finalist for the O'Neill in 2011 and a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award. His play The Snake Charmer had a workshop at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice in June 2011. His plays have been developed and produced in both New York and Los Angeles. Eric has also developed TV pilots at various production companies. He's also an adjunct professor in playwriting at Santa Clara University and a member of the Playwrights Union.
Join The Inkwell on Saturday, December 15th at 8 p.m. for THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY, a showcase of new plays by Nicole Jost, Eric Loo, and Matthew Paul Olmos. Even the clearest vision blurs when art smashes into interpretation, nightmares collide with reality, and the apocalypse splashes against dry land.

Saturday, December 15th at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS  MISPERCEPTION 
Email reservations@inkwelltheatre.org to reserve your seat!

NICOLE JOST will present an excerpt from her latest draft of The Terror Fantastic. Read on to learn more about Nicole and her work!

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NICOLE JOST
The Terror Fantastic

Iz, a young lesbian, is plagued by monsters. They lurk in the periphery of her vision, threatening to drag her into a mental breakdown. Can her escapes into fairy tale fantasy give her the strength she needs to fight the threats that plague her in reality? 

"I'm not saying that you can't be who you are. 
All I'm saying is that there's a time and a place. 
I wish the world was different, but it's not. You have to protect yourself. 
We all do this. We adjust. 
We modify behavior. 
It's animal, really. Knowing when you're under threat, and when you're safe." 
- Shrink in The Terror Fantastic

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NICOLE JOST is a playwright, teaching artist, producer and director. Her play The Terror Fantastic was read as part of the inaugural DC Queer Theatre Festival, and featured in The Inkwell's "Evening of Inklings" in April 2012.
She has worked locally with The Inkwell, dog & pony dc, Forum Theatre, City Artistic Partnerships, Madcap Players and Roundhouse Theatre. In 2011, she was recognized by The Washingtonian as one of ten "Women to Watch." She received her BA in Theater and Cultural Politics from the University of California Santa Cruz, Phi Beta Kappa. Nicole is the Artistic Director of Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT), the only professional theater in Washington, DC dedicated entirely to arts education. She is a DC native, and proud alumna of DC Public Schools and YPT's In-School Playwriting Program.


If you were one of the lucky ones, you saw a snippet of Jonathan A. Goldberg's zany tale of the First Lady's quest to save the world in June of 2011, when The Inkwell produced an excerpt of the adventure as a part of our showcase, REBELS, RABBLE-ROUSERS, & TRICKSTERS. Lee Liebeskind, The Inkwell's Producing Director, staged an unforgettable dog sled race - it brought the house down! For this and many other reasons, we at The Inkwell are thrilled to have Jonathan return to us to continue our collaboration on his nail-biting, hair-raising, eye-opening INKREADING of DEUS MACHINA EX or ELEANOR VS. THE GOD MACHINE, A Pulp Adventure! 

Saturday, October 27 at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS FREEDOM
reservations@inkwelltheatre.org 

You will... 

TREMBLE! 
... when you learn of the diabolical schemes of the mysterious Order of the Trygon! 

GASP! 
... with horror at the mind-numbing power of the Harbinger Machine! 

CHEER! 
... for do-gooder and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as she battles the forces of evil! 

A secret order of mysterious men plan to destroy life as we know it. Will the indomitable Eleanor Roosevelt triumph over the forces of evil and save the world? Don't miss the INKREADING of the hysterical historical(ish) cliff-hanger that will change your view of the role of the First Lady forever!

Read on to learn more about Jonathan and his work! 

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Jonathan A. Goldberg 
Deus Machina Ex or Eleanor vs. The God Machine 

Jonathan A. Goldberg is a New York area based playwright with work seen throughout the United States at such venues as: the Public Theater (NY), Ars Nova (NY), Mixed Blood Theater (MN), Prop Theater (IL), The Exit Theater (CA), and many more. His play The Jew and the Demon won the Rita and Burton Playwriting Prize and his play How To Shoot a Bull Moose won the Israel Baren Award from the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga California. Sousepaw: 'A Baseball Story' won the best of the Fringe Award at the San Francisco Fringe and his play Font of Knowledge won the Audience Pick at the Minnesota Fringe. He won the 2012 Literary Upstart Short Fiction contest for L Magazine and is the co-writer of the monthly sketch theater show Ephemerama at the Magnet Theater in mid-town Manhattan. He serves as literary manager of Shelby Company and has an MFA in dramatic writing from the Tisch School of the Arts.

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A man who wants more than anything to love a woman - but cannot silence the voices in his head. 
A woman who wants more than anything to escape her past - but cannot get her car to start.  
A woman who wants more than anything a child - but cannot because her ovaries were forcibly removed. 
Can they get what they want? 
Maybe - with the help of poetry, Jesus, and a goat.

Join The Inkwell on Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. for HEART'S DESIRE, a FIRST CONTACT SHOWCASE of three new plays by John Greiner-Ferris, Mariana Carreña King, and Basil Kreimendahl. 

Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS LOVE 
Email reservations@inkwelltheatre.org to reserve your seat!

MARIANA CARREÑO KING will present an excerpt from her latest draft of Ofelia's Lovers. Read on to learn more about Mariana and her work!

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MARIANA CARREÑO KING
Ofelia's Lovers

One of Portugal's greatest poets, Fernando Pessosa, woos the innocent and passionate Ofelia Queiroz. As their romance deepens, the young woman must compete for his attentions - but not with other beauties. Instead, she battles for Fernando's affections with the four poetic personalities created by her beloved in his writings, whose lives he has imagined in such detail and richness that they leap from the page and into Ofelia's life.

"I know you will never be alone. We're all here, inside me, inside you, like a dream made of mixed realities. 
Let me go with you. I'm not me."
- Fernando in Ofelia's Lovers

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MARIANA CARREÑO KING's plays include Ofelia's Lovers (Mabou Mines Residencies, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009), Rare Encounters (Hispanic Playwrights in Residency Lab at Intar, HPRL, 2008), Darkroom and The Wake (NewWorksLab, 1996 and 2007), Fool's Journey (finalist, 2001 O'Neill Playwrights Conference), Two Minutes in the LobbyWaiting for the Post Office to Give Birth to Time and Dessert Stories, (Labyrinth Summer Intensive Retreats and at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, among others venues). Her short plays, Pitahayas (finalist, 2003 Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award), Mexico '68Riding Hope, Night of the Cat-SitterClowns and Static have been presented at The Public, The Milagro Theatre, Intar and with LAByrinth Theatre Company. She is currently developing Dance for a Dollar, a dance-theatre piece to be workshopeed at Intar Theatre in July, 2012 and produced at the Miracle Theatre in Portland, Oregon in 2013. Mariana is a member of Labyrinth Theatre Company. Follow her on Twitter at @BathtubMedia.

A man who wants more than anything to love a woman - but cannot silence the voices in his head. 
A woman who wants more than anything to escape her past - but cannot get her car to start.  
A woman who wants more than anything a child - but cannot because her ovaries were forcibly removed. 
Can they get what they want? 
Maybe - with the help of poetry, Jesus, and a goat.

Join The Inkwell on Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. for HEART'S DESIRE, a FIRST CONTACT SHOWCASE of three new plays by John Greiner-Ferris, Mariana Carreña King, and Basil Kreimendahl. 

Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS LOVE 
Email reservations@inkwelltheatre.org to reserve your seat!

JOHN GREINER-FERRIS will present an excerpt from his latest draft of Turtles. Read on to learn more about John and his work!

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JOHN GREINER-FERRIS
Turtles

Bella and her two children live in a broken-down car by the side of a highway. Above them, a tattered billboard hails the coming of Jesus - tomorrow. When a man called Jesus arrives, right on schedule, Bella must decide whether this Jesus is the Messiah, or just another man in a long line of disappointments?

"And sometimes their shells aren't enough to protect their soft bodies." - Bella in Turtles


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JOHN GREINER-FERRIS is a 2011 graduate of Boston Playwrights' Theater's MFA Playwriting Program at Boston University. Productions and readings include:Red Dog received a staged reading by Whistler in the Dark Theater in Boston in March, 2010. Minot Light was produced by SlamBoston in 2010. Love on the Rocks was produced by the Provincetown Theater Company for its 2010 Fall Playwrights' Festival. In May, 2011, Highland Center, Indiana received a staged reading by Boston Playwrights' Theater as part of its Ground Floor Reading Series. It also received staged readings at Cape Cod Community College and as part of the Provincetown Theater's 2010 Winter Reading Series. John has also been a stage actor in and around Boston for 12 years. Learn more about John on his websites, www.johngreinerferris.com and about.me/johngreinerferris, and follow him on Twitter @johngf.

A man who wants more than anything to love a woman - but cannot silence the voices in his head. 
A woman who wants more than anything to escape her past - but cannot get her car to start.  
A woman who wants more than anything a child - but cannot because her ovaries were forcibly removed. 
Can they get what they want? 
Maybe - with the help of poetry, Jesus, and a goat.

Join The Inkwell on Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. for HEART'S DESIRE, a FIRST CONTACT SHOWCASE of three new plays by John Greiner-Ferris, Mariana Carreña King, and Basil Kreimendahl. 

Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Classroom 
641 D Street NW 
FREE AS LOVE 
Email reservations@inkwelltheatre.org to reserve your seat!

BASIL KREIMENDAHL will present an excerpt from her latest draft of The Cost of a Goat. Read on to learn more about Basil and her work!

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BASIL KREIMENDAHL 
The Cost of a Goat

In the Depression-era Blue Ridge Mountains, Dr. Barnes' radio broadcast comes across the wire loud and clear, promising an innovative new fertility treatment for the barren and heartbroken. Carrie, a ward of the state of Virginia and patient of the eugenics enthusiast Dr. Pretty, has been diagnosed as feeble-minded and forced to have her ovaries removed.  With Dr. Barnes' tinny promises in her ear, Carrie embarks on a daring journey to accomplish something she's wanted her entire life: to have a child. But can she escape the clutches of the maniacal Dr. Pretty?

"Then you must recognize that we've been completely abandoned. Except we few, strong of mind. It's no accident, that we should be born in a line of well designed genes. We may have been abandoned, but we have the tools to fix what has gone terribly wrong. God stopped meddling in eugenics when Noah's ark settled on Mt. Ararat." 
- Dr. Pretty in The Cost of a Goat


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BASIL KRIEMENDAHL is from Louisville, Kentucky and is a second year graduate student in The University of Iowa Playwright's Workshop. Her plays have been or will be developed by New York Theatre Workshop, About Face Theatre, Cutting Ball and Wordbridge. Basil's play Orange Julius will be developed at the O'Neill's National Playwright's Conference this summer. She will be a 2012/13 Core Apprentice at the Minneapolis Playwright's Center. Basil is the recipient of an Arts Meets Activism grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She organized and ran a playwrights group for queer youth in Louisville called Out On The Edge and has taught playwriting to elementary, high school and college students. Her short plays have twice been finalists for the Heideman Award. Basil's play The Cost of a Goat won second place National Science Award from KCACTF. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing and included in Xlibria's Becoming: Young Ideas on Gender and Identity.

Sunday, May 20 at 5 p.m., The Inkwell will present a SHOWCASE READING of three new plays. Join us for MAROONED AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, and dive deep into worlds where the water keeps rising, threatening to engulf people set adrift by their own lives and choices. 

SHOWCASE: MAROONED AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
Sunday, May 20 at 5 p.m.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Classroom
641 D Street NW
Admission is free 

JOE WAECHTER will present an excerpt from his latest draft of Lake Untersee. Read on to learn more about Joe and his work!

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JOE WAECHTER 
Lake Untersee

A troubled teenager longs to leave his parents and their twisted relationships behind to find Antartica's Lake Untersee -- where the love of his life is trapped beneath layers and layers of ice.

"It's hard to be in love with someone and feel as if something is hidden." - Gale in Lake Untersee

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JOE WAECHTER's plays include Lake Untersee, PROFILES, Good Ole Boys, The Strangler, Hidden People, and Memory Library. His work has been developed or produced at Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, American Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Red Eye, Clubbed Thumb, Perishable Theatre, and The 25¢ Opera of San Francisco. He is the recipient of a 2011-12 Jerome Fellowship at The Playwrights' Center, a 2008-9 Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, a 2011 Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center, the Weston Award, and will be Playwright-in-Residence at Hangar Theatre for summer 2012. Joe also creates work for other medium, including a headphone opera titled The Hoot Owl, an interactive chapbook titled NEGATIVE | SPACE, and an immersive virtual reality piece titled Antarctica. In 2010, he founded Awesome Collective, an interdisciplinary performance collective that explores new methods and vocabularies for collaboration in Providence, RI. His play Dragonflies is available from Dramatics Publishing. MFA Playwriting: Brown University. 

Sunday, May 20 at 5 p.m., The Inkwell will present a SHOWCASE READING of three new plays. Join us for MAROONED AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, and dive deep into worlds where the water keeps rising, threatening to engulf people set adrift by their own lives and choices. 

SHOWCASE: MAROONED AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
Sunday, May 20 at 5 p.m.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Classroom
641 D Street NW
Admission is free 

JENNIFER FAWCETT will present an excerpt from her latest draft of Atlas of Mud. Read on to learn more about Jennifer and her work!

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JENNIFER FAWCETT 
Atlas of Mud

A decade after the world floods, humanity remains adrift. One boat floating among the millions holds special cargo: seeds to plant when land is found, birds to find the land, and a child called Mud.


"In my dream I was flying. I saw land. It looked just like the Reverend told me it did. And there were people - so many people. They were all moving towards the water... People on the decks were yelling but their screams were turning into caws and the air filled with birds. I knew you were there. And as the boats moved farther away the water rose over the harbor and towards the city and I knew it was going to cover them all." - Mud in Atlas of Mud

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JENNIFER FAWCETT is a co-founder of Working Group Theatre. Her plays have been produced at Riverside Theatre (Iowa City), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), the Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY), Alcyone Festival (Chicago), Tennessee Women's Theatre Project (Nashville) and presented at the National New Play Network Showcase, the Kennedy Center, the Lark Playwright's Week, Cultural Conversations (Penn State), the Little Festival of the Unexpected, and in festivals across Canada. Last summer she co-directed the creation of an original play, We Stood Up, at the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival in Kigali, Rwanda with students from the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Originally from Toronto, she is a graduate of the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and winner of the National Science Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center.  Up next, Jennifer is developing a new play about midwives and witches in collaboration with Riverside Theatre, scheduled for a workshop production at Northwest Missouri State in October.  She's also getting ready to co-write and direct Telling: Des Moines, a play that puts veterans and their stories on stage, and is developing The Broken Chord with Working Group, a year long project that examines memory and aging. www.workinggrouptheatre.org.
Sunday, May 20 at 5 p.m., The Inkwell will present a SHOWCASE READING of three new plays. Join us for MAROONED AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, and dive deep into worlds where the water keeps rising, threatening to engulf people set adrift by their own lives and choices. 

SHOWCASE: MAROONED AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
Sunday, May 20 at 5 p.m.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Classroom
641 D Street NW
Admission is free 

DC-based playwright, director and teacher RANDY BAKER will present an excerpt from his latest draft of Forgotten Kingdoms. Read on to learn more about Randy and his work!

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RANDY BAKER
Forgotten Kingdoms

Two men at the end of a jetty - a Christian missionary and the Muslim son of an Indonesian chief - find themselves drowning in an abyss of uncertainty in a harrowing instant that brings an unfathomable mystery to the surface.  




"I looked up at the sky before I started to sink. There were no stars. You know how it is sometimes when it's real late. That time of night when the stars have moved on. And so I started to sink. Slowly beneath the surface into the salty silky black. And as I fell I kept my eyes open. I don't know maybe I thought I would see him there, my son, falling with me. But I didn't seem him, I only found the missing stars. There. Underwater with me. All around and streaming behind me as I fell." - David in Forgotten Kingdoms 


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RANDY BAKER is the co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre and with Jenny McConnell Frederick founded the company in the summer of 1999. Plays he has written and had produced at Rorschach Theatre include the full-length plays Dream Sailors and After the Flood and the short plays, Paolo and Francesca, Beit Jala, and Crunch. Other produced plays include the full length plays Circus of Fallen Angels at the National Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and the short plays The Rabbit and The Snake andCassandra Dances with the Devil at Source Theatre; A Lonely Dictator on the Eve of Revolution at Forum Theatre, The Boy Who Knew No Fear at Three Leaches Theatre (Colorado), Sam the Prophet, Veronica's Omelet andThe Wind at Their Backs at Extreme Exchange and The Ballad of Saint Valentine at the Washington Theatre Festival. Readings and workshops include Forgotten Kingdoms at National New Play Network, The Inkwell, The Arts Club of Washington and Wordsmyth Theater (Houston), The Burning Road at Primary Stages, The First Disobedience at American University and Rorschach Theatre, Gilgamesh at Rorschach Theatre and Vox at Theater Alliance. He has been commissioned to write a play for George Washington University that will be produced in 2013 and is currently developing the plays Forgotten Kingdoms, The Burning Road, and The First Disobedience. As a director, he has staged productions at Rorschach Theatre, Source Theatre, The Inkwell, First Draft, Young Playwrights Theatre, NCDA's Actors Repertory Theatre, First Draft, Wayward Theatre, Cherry Red Productions, Theater J, Woolly Mammoth's Playground series, The Seattle Fringe Festival and the Washington Theater Festival.


On Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, The Inkwell presented excerpts from twelve DC-area playwrights' work to two Standing Room Only crowds at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's classroom space. Because the excerpts were brief (only ten minutes!) and the rehearsals were short (only an hour per play!), we decided to give this spectacular miniature newplayapalooza an appropriately Inky name: Inklings!

Over the next few weeks, right here on INKBLOG!, we'll introduce you to the local playwrights whose work we were proud to include in our Inklings event. The Inkwell's crack team of dramaturgs will tell you a little about the excerpted script. And we'll even going to give you some highlights from our fabulous Inkwell readers' responses to the plays! So stay tuned. We can't wait to share!

In the meantime, we'd like to give a shout out to the amazing folks who shared their time and their talent with The Inkwell!

gorgeous audience inklings small.jpgHere's the impressive list of the twelve plays and playwrights, as well as their dramaturgs and directors!

The Great Dismal by Gwydion Suilebhan, directed by Raymond Caldwell and dramaturged by The Inkwell's Anne M. McCaw

More Than Before by Kathryn Coughlin, directed by Heather Benjamin and dramaturged by Jamel Daugherty

The Shaman, The Virgin, and the Crone: a Winter Solstice Fantasy by Pat Montley, directed by Renana Fox and dramaturged by Brent Stansell

Sounds in the Bowery by Brian Doyle, directed by Katheleen Alvania and dramaturged by Jamel Daugherty

Long Black Veil by Julie Lewis, directed by Jason King Jones and dramaturged by James Hesla

Following Sarah by Rich Espey, directed by Ty Hallmark and dramaturged by The Inkwell's Jenn Book Haselwerdt

Wondrous Machines by Tia Shearer, directed by Cecilia Cackerly
and dramaturged by Taylor Hitaffer

Terminals by David Robinson, directed by Ryan Maxwell and dramaturged by Taylor Hitaffer

Reconstruction by Tom Minter, directed by Gus Hagerty and dramaturged by The Inkwell's Meghan Long

Street Life by Mary Hanley, directed by Angelisa Gillyard and dramaturged by Hannah Hessel

The Terror Fantastic by Nicole Jost, directed by Jessica Jung and dramaturged by Hannah Hessel

Forgotten Kingdoms by Randy Baker, directed by The Inkwell's Lee Liebeskind and dramaturged by Alan Katz

And we cannot thank our amazing corps of versatile actors enough! Here's our team of Inkwell newcomers and veterans whose work made our playwrights' inklings sparkle:

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Ariana Almajin

Luke Cieslewicz

Elliott Davis

Joy Jones

KyoSin

Steve Lee

Carol McCaffrey

Theo Hadjimichael

Betsy Rosen

and

Devron Young!

It was a hugely successful duet of evenings. Thanks to all who attended! Stay tuned for our Inklings Updates right here on our blog to learn more about these plays and the folks who made them happen.



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