plays & playwrights

Tiffany Antone

    Twigs and Bone

    Showcase 2011

    Moira returns to her parents crumbling home in the middle of nowhere to discover that they are teetering on the edge of madness. Moira must try to pull her parents out from the brink and out of the muck as terrible family secrets are revealed.

Greg Beuthin

    A Time Upon

    InkReading 2008

    Two old women, Gran and Mum, eke out their lives in a forgotten corner of a futuristic metropolis. They are barely aware of the passing days until a young woman and her strange traveling companion-cum-pet enter their lives. This strange family must do battle with an evil shadow and his crony, who want to get at what lies beneath the decrepit courtyard that is Gran and Mum’s home.

Melissa Blackall

    The F Word

    Inkubator Production 2009, InkReading 2008, InkReading 2007

    What is the dirtiest word in the English language? Playwright Melissa Blackall presents us with a biting commentary on America’s obsession with FAT as we follow Belly, Toothpick, Huge, Lean, Voluptuous, Stout, and Blimp through their search for a perfect size — physically, psychically, and spiritually.

Rebecca Bossen

    Blue Straggler

    InkReading 2011, Showcase 2010

    Lisa — a gifted astronomer — disregards her dissertation in astronomy to find the mathematical formula that will bring back her great love Clarissa — a rebellious chocolatier. Clarissa also fights the forces of nature to reunite with Lisa. In their struggle to recapture love and find answers to the unknowable, Lisa and Clarissa may rip apart the fabric of the universe. Read more about the InkReading process from Inkwell dramaturg Mary Watters. Rebecca shares her experience the showcase reading here.

Andy Bragen

    The Hairy Dutchman

    Showcase 2009

    Atop an ancient dump on the island of Manhattan, eight cracked and decaying tennis courts serve as a battleground for the hopes and dreams of an entire community. When the New York Department of Public Works threatens these courts with extinction, a ragtag group of players must hit back, and hard.

J. Stephen Brantley

    Furbelow

    Showcase 2011

    An imaginary realm — and its chic, impeccably dressed ruler — are turned upside down by the decision of a simple vintner to give away a single grape.

Mia Chung

    You for Me for You

    InkReading 2011, Showcase 2010

    Two sisters make a terrible bargain with a smuggler in order to flee the poverty and disease that shape all life in North Korea. But what will these desperate sisters really gain, and how much are they willing to pay, in their perilous journey to the Free World?

Clarence Coo

    A Beautiful Province

    Inkreading 2009, Showcase 2009

    Unexpectedly fired from his job, a high school French teacher takes off with a shy young man in search of the most beautiful province, a journey that leads them through the idiosyncrasies of language, of love and sex, to the place where they can face their fears, their fantasies, and the future. Read an interview with Clarence here.

Kristen DeWulf

    Lullabye

    Showcase 2008

    In a Chinese restaurant, three couples grapple with the challenges of parenthood.

Doug Dolcino

    Monument

    InkReading 2010, Showcase 2009

    Woe! Woe to the House of Liebert! Nothing escapes the ever-vigilant gaze of the mailmen of Arbythnia – certainly not the crippling stagnation of Herman Liebert, Civil Engineer. Can Liebert complete the commissioned monument for the people of Tarzania while plagues plague the populace, while minefields undermine momentum, while packages stand unpacked and missives sit missed? This Civil Engineer is Civilization’s only hope – woe unto us all! Read Doug’s response to his Inkwell experience, and here’s more from his dramaturg, Jenn Book Haselswerdt.

J.D. Eames

    Living in the Twilight of our Three Selves

    Showcase 2011

    As the world appears to be ending, George and Maria hole up in a run-down hotel room to pursue their passions — writing for George and bird watching for Maria. But can they find any purpose in living when everything — including their hearts and minds — breaks down?

Reginald Edmunds

    The Ordained Smile of Sadie May Jenkins

    Showcase 2010

    Sadie May Jenkins has been living in a decaying and soot-covered shotgun house in Houston for God knows how long. She scrubs the walls of what once was her home, trying to decypher the strange words she finds beneath the soot, while also looking for the remnants of her smile. She befriends Ro, a girl hardened by the neighborhood’s twilight streets, and together the two of them confront past and present temptations.

Fengar Gael

    Island of Outcasts

    Showcase 2009

    On the mythical island of Dolphina in the Caribbean — amidst the storms brought on by a warming planet — two marine biologists hatch a plan to save humanity.

Molly Goforth

    (Don’t) Look at Me

    Showcase 2011

    Desperate to catch wealthy husbands, two New York debutantes deploy “Dolly,” a robot cleverly designed to be the perfect man-catching trap. Drop dead sexy and seemingly dumb, Dolly draws men like flies… but what happens when Dolly gets wise, gets mad, and gets even?

Jonathan Goldberg

    Deus Machina Ex or Eleanor Roosevelt versus the God Machine

    Showcase 2011

    The indomitable Eleanor Roosevelt fights the forces of evil in the form of the Wild Man of Borneo to stop a God Machine from destroying the world as we know it.

Tim Guillot

    We Fight We Die

    Showcase 2010

    The infamous Q is a rebel vandal artist leaving a beautiful, terrific trail of graffiti art wherever he goes. When he’s caught for the 23rd time tagging where he shouldn’t, tthe mayor offers him a deal that could give him freedom or steal that which is most precious to him.

James Hesla

    Graves’ Rule

    Showcase 2007

    A wide-ranging discussion of the parameters of reality engulf a group of friends.

Lisa M. Hodsoll

    Erasmus

    Showcase 2009

    In the dark days leading up to and beyond the Protestant Reformation, the philosopher Erasmus must carefully walk the line between intellectual integrity and political survival as popes and kings war, as his friend Thomas More sees visions, and as everyone around him reverts to their most brutish, bestial form.

Kristin Idazsak

    Fugue (for Particle Accelerator)

    Showcase 2011

    Schrodinger’s Cat fools around with time and space as a physicist wrestles with the difficult decision of her life, one that forever alters the past and present of a mysterious stranger, and threatens the future of her life with the man she loves.

Q. Terah Jackson

    20Twenty

    Showcase 2009

    When Ol’d was young, hip hop meant revolution. When his daughter Nuia’s record topped the charts, hip hop was a hot commodity. When Skip – the third generation in this family of groundbreaking artists – finds her grandpa’s old-school turntable and her mother’s diamond-studded thong, she sees the family legacy with new clarity. But will insight into the past shape Skip’s choices for the future — both for herself, and for her art?

Krista Knight

    Clementine and the Cyber Ducks

    InkReading 2010, Showcase 2009

    Two eras built on lust and money — the California gold rush and the Silicon Valley tech boom — collide when Clementine, a prospector and daughter of a miner-49er, falls hard for a tech geek with dreams of striking it rich with an Internet search engine. But to whom will Clementine be lost and gone forever – her father, her lover, or both? The choice is sure hard to make with greedy ducks egging you on….

Adam Kraar

    Empire of the Trees

    Showcase 2009

    In 1963 — in 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 Delhi.

Jennifer Maisel

    Match

    Showcase 2011

    What would we give to feel whole, to find purpose and leave a mark? A buck? A muffin? A kidney? Leo, Ben, Maddy, and Leyla find out how much they are willing to give — and to take — in order to bring their lives back together in the face of dialysis, loneliness, and the possibility of death.

Anne M. McCaw

    Beggar on his Feet

    Showcase 2009

    It is easy to love a king when he is the sun itself, but what about when he and his kingdom are literally falling apart? Such is the dilemma that Madame de Maintenon faces when her husband King Louis XIV loses his foot.

    OK

    Inkubator Production 2008, Reading 2007

    As the shadows fall on Tombstone, Arizona, on the night of the most famous gunfight in the Wild West, the women of the infamous Earp brothers set out on a hunt that leads to catfights and catcalls, secrets revealed, and a showdown to rival the one that takes place at the OK Corral.

JamesMcManus

    Underground

    Inkubator Production 2008, Reading 2007

    In a small West Virginia mining community, coal is life and death. When five men get buried in Mine Five, Princess Grace Award winner McManus takes us into their pasts and through their present – both above and below ground.

Cameron McNary

    Of Dice and Men(formerly, >Gamers)

    Showcase 2009

    John is a 30-year-old man playing role-playing games in his mother’s basement. The night he decides to tell his fellow gamers that he is leaving town, another member, Jason, drops a bombshell. As all hell breaks loose, can John mend fences and heal wounds with a final game of D&D?

Anna Moench

    Great Eastern

    Showcase 2010

    The cicadas invade every 17 years across the East Coast. There is someone else who emerges every 17 years, and that is Cora, a renowned entomologist who studies the mysterious life of the cicada, one of her many research projects around the world. Every 17 years, she returns to John Hopkins University to Douglas, a sometimes friend and colleague. As the events of 2004 move forward in the play, the events of 1987 move backward, and we see how two lab assistants, Jane and Evan, become entranced with the cicadas, and how they join and are forever changed by the cycle of reconnection and betrayal between Cora and Douglas.

    The Pillow Book

    Showcase 2009

    If marriage is a sacred agreement to love someone forever, what happens when two people cannot agree on the most important decision to have a child? From the bedroom to the Serengeti, Deb and John wrestle with the complexities of commitment, the uncertainty of the future, and the impact of the past on the decisions of the present.

Steve Moulds

    The Body

    Showcase 2011

    An uneasy relationship between a stepfather and stepdaughter tips toward madness when a mysterious and menacing doll is left at the front door.

HenryMurray

    Monkey Adored

    Inkreading 2010, Showcase 2009

    It’s a dangerous world for animals. That’s what Sonny the monkey, Brown Spot the dog, Madeleine the cat, Elaine the ostrich, and Penguinito find time and time again as they search for love and purpose in the underdog fight against the pernicious, bewildering ways of man.

Matthew Paul Olmos

    i put the fear of mexico in ‘em

    Showcase 2009

    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 world’s apart.

Julie Taiwo Oni

    Tether

    InkReading 2009

    Lach and Lam are 15 year-old twin girls — one black and the other white — who live their lives on the tetherball court. Like all sisters, they squabble and make up…like all twins, they are each other’s mirrors – and opposites.

Kristopher Frithjof Peterson

    Where the Whangdoodle Sings

    Showcase 2011

    In this journey through largely forgotten American folk stories, meet the Whangdoodle: a foul-mouthed, inebriated hobo bird who sings the Saddest Song Ever. He’s got one chance to save himself from total obscurity by convincing a sad sack artist to memorialize his image — and the folk America of another time.

Jason Gray Platt

    Crown of Shadows (formerly strive/seek/find)

    InkReading 2009

    All of Athens has been waiting for the return of Odysseus… no more so than his son, Telemachus, who is now coming of age, keenly aware of the shadow he lives in and under. But what happens now when all of Athens is ready to move on? Can Telemachus come out from the shadows, take control and finally wear the mantle of king and hero?

    The National Lottery

    Showcase 2011

    Six lucky people show us a slice of “real life” behind the scenes of a reality television show that they’ve been chosen to join. As the show progresses, and “reality” breaks down, each person muses on storytelling, relationship, and what is truly satisfying for the mind and soul.

Shaun Raviv

    Coma, Patient

    Showcase 2008

    An ethical dilemma emerges when a comatose patient faces the consequences of his actions.

Monica Raymond

    The Owl Girl

    Showcase 2009

    The unending war in the Middle East has torn two families apart. But when they converge on the house they both claim as home, they find themselves fighting for the same cause, led by a hyperactive boy, a young man in love with peace, and a girl who can turn herself into an owl.

Alexis Roblan

    Genesis

    Showcase 2009

    Cain wants nothing more than to please his parents and God…until he learns the hard way that blood is far more precious than wheat. It’s the oldest story of brother against brother as Cain discovers a dangerous world of sex, jealousy, unfairness and fate… and how to grapple with terrible actions and consequences beyond your control.

Janine Salinas

    Angel of the Desert

    Showcase 2011

    Francisco, a winged teenage oddity, founds himself utterly alone after war destroys his family and the Mexican village where he grew up. With the moon as his guardian, he embarks on a perilous journey along the rails to find his mother in California.

Sarah Sander

    Fly Over Country

    Showcase 2011

    Cate and Eli must face the tangled relationships they left behind — and the unspoken unease they both feel now — when Cate’s teenage niece visits after the suicide of her mother.

    Seven Dreams of Her

    Showcase 2008

    Three people struggle to come to terms with their relationship they once had with one another.

Christin Siems

    Darwin’s Cousin

    Showcase 2010

    Layne is given everything she thought she ever wanted after in-vitro fertilization. But with that wish fulfilled comes a horrible choice…to choose among five unborn babies…to decide who is weak, who is strong, who will be happy, who will be miserable…to choose who will survive.

Katharine Sherman

    Cassandra

    Showcase 2011

    In this adaption of the Greek myth of the inscrutable oracle, a young girl is plagued by terrifying visions of war… with no way to keep the inevitable destruction and chaos from happening.

Stephen Spotswood

    Maddy Lee: A Southern Tragedy

    Showcase 2010

    Maddy Lee is a bootlegger’s daughter and voodoo sorceress who knows all the dark, knotted secrets of the bayou. But when she falls for Jason, the son of the richest man in town, she gives up everything to be with him. And in that moment of sacrifice, Maddy unleashes a terrible spell.

Susan Soon He Stanton

    Cygnus

    InkReading 2009

    Cydney’s stomach has been giving her trouble ever since her guardian angel rescued her from pyromaniac hitchhikers… and weird things just keep happening. Cydney finds feathers on her doorstep and eggs in unexpected places. Truth, fantasy and myth collide as Cydney, her Mama and her new boyfriend grapple with immaculate conception and the delusions we spin to protect ourselves.

Joe Waechter

    Lake Untersee

    Showcase 2011

    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.

David L. Williams

    Spake

    Showcase 2009

    A snowflake falling Russia obliterates a spoken language from the face of the earth… a grad student in New York City reads a forbidden phrase aloud from a rare book… a genius hung for murder a century ago resurfaces in dreams. And so a chain of supernatural events is unleashed that could lead us to the edge of disaster – or ultimate understanding.

Jonathan Yukich

    Balls

    Showcase 2009

    This is the day to escape Balls, Alabama: the fair’s in town (with the promise of loot and a two-headed cow) and Bear Bryant, the greatest coach in college football, has come to scout the local team. So two brothers scheme — with the help of a wily cheerleader and a mysterious stranger — to hightail it out of the backwater without losing their marbles or their balls.

Nick Zagone

    Howard’s Hand

    Showcase 2011

    When a Russian submarine goes down in Hawaiian waters, President Nixon sees a chance to realize his legacy: raise the sub, cow the Russkies, and end the cold war. But he’s got to reach out the richest man on earth, Howard Hughes, for the technological know-how to accomplish his mission. What happens when two of the most enigmatic, scheming, and amoral figures in history join forces?

    The Missing Piece

    Showcase 2009

    In the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Saint Helen, as ash blankets all of Oregon, a young boy struggles to put the pieces of his broken family together… with a little help from a Playboy Playmate and Hugh Hefner himself.