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The Inkwell Theater presents a workshop reading of

Sister, Braid My Hair

By Sarahjeen François

Directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed

Featuring:

Christine Dunford, Luke Medina, John Lavelle, Sharon Freedman

Coming in April!

Nov 30, Dec 2 & 4 @ 8pm

Sister, Braid My Hair is about four sisters who exist as figures in a living tableaux but find reasons to escape the monotony of their frame… for a good time in the real-world. However, the sisters quickly discover that the real-world ain’t as pretty as their picture, and that their real-world Black and Brown counterparts are being over policed.
Sister, Braid My Hair is about four sisters who exist as figures in a living tableaux but find reasons to escape the monotony of their frame… for a good time in the real-world. However, the sisters quickly discover that the real-world ain’t as pretty as their picture, and that their real-world Black and Brown counterparts are being over policed.
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The Inkwell Theater presents a workshop reading of

Human Resources

By Daniel Hirsch

Directed by Annie McVey

Featuring:

Christine Dunford, Luke Medina, John Lavelle, Sharon Freedman

Oct 14, 15 & 16 @ 8pm

Sister, Braid My Hair is about four sisters who exist as figures in a living tableaux but find reasons to escape the monotony of their frame… for a good time in the real-world. However, the sisters quickly discover that the real-world ain’t as pretty as their picture, and that their real-world Black and Brown counterparts are being over policed.
Kate is having a rough Monday. On top of the fact that she has a chatty, emotionally needy new coworker named Alan who won’t shut up, she’s realizing that her job in the User Systems QA team might be utterly devoid of meaning. Also, she’s probably going to die… As the Mondays accumulate, Kate’s small world is upended when Alan wrangles her into an unexpected friendship. However, neither can predict how the forces of late-stage, techno-capitalism or one’s impending mortality might muck up their non-romantic, workplace romance.

Playwrights' Night is on hiatus for the remainder of 2023. 
Please check back next month for January registration!

2022-23 LAB Season

Human Resources

by Daniel Hirsch
Kate is having a rough Monday. On top of the fact that she has a chatty, emotionally needy new coworker named Alan who won’t shut up, she’s realizing that her job in the User Systems QA team might be utterly devoid of meaning. Also, she’s probably going to die… As the Mondays accumulate, Kate’s small world is upended when Alan wrangles her into an unexpected friendship. However, neither can predict how the forces of late-stage, techno-capitalism or one’s impending mortality might muck up their non-romantic, workplace romance.

October 2022

Two Stop

by David Johann Kim

On the verge of the ’92 LA Riots.
A Korean market.
A murder scene.
A store owner and a neighborhood teenaged girl face off.
When her wild card mother arrives, secrets from the past explode in this tiny store.
History and histories go head to head, as LA starts to burn.
Together they reach back decades and across the globe through war, strife, love and life, finding connection and even hope…but will it be enough?
January 2023

The Taste of Emeralds

by Amy Dellagiarino

Sisters Margot and Caitlin meet up at their mother’s small, decrepit apartment to go through her possessions after her recent death. As the day slowly turns into night, they begin to unpack the secrets of their past until the haunting influence of their mother throughout the years begins to look a lot like an actual haunting.
February 2023

O: A Rhapsody in Divorce 

by Jami Brandli
The Odyssey reimagined as a rhapsodic dramedy.
O, a childless female neurobiologist in her 40s, is blindsided by her husband who wants a divorce, but he refuses to leave the house. With that, her life is upended and she’s thrown into an epic couch-hopping odyssey. As O hops from one couch to the next, we’ll not only learn about the science behind love and heartbreak, O discovers unconventional and magical ways to reassemble the blown-up pieces of her life while she struggles to find her way back toward a “new home.”
March 2023

Sister, Braid My Hair

by Sarahjeen François

Sister, Braid My Hair is about four sisters who exist as figures in a living tableaux but find reasons to escape the monotony of their frame… for a good time in the real-world. However, the sisters quickly discover that the real-world ain’t as pretty as their picture, and that their real-world Black and Brown counterparts are being over policed. .
April 2022

Virtual Playwrights' Night

An evening of live cold readings of new plays over Zoom

September 21st @ 6pm

NEW Waiting SQ

When Proctor passes into the afterlife, she finds herself a captive of “The Middle” — a place where Black souls killed for the sin of being “Spooks” are held until they earn their redemption. Proctor pushes back against the other members and the omnipresent system that governs them so she may be released into the promised paradise of “The Away.”

The Inkwell Theater presents a workshop reading of

Waiting (4,380,000 Hours And Counting)

By Aja Houston

Directed by Susan Dalian

Featuring:

Carlis Shane Clark, Cherish Monique Duke, Mihara India, Rickey Junior, Geri-Nikole Love, Portland Thomas, Inger Tudor, E.E. Williams

May 17, 18, 24 & 25 @ 8pm

When Proctor passes into the afterlife, she finds herself a captive of “The Middle” — a place where Black souls killed for the sin of being “Spooks” are held until they earn their redemption. Proctor pushes back against the other members and the omnipresent system that governs them so she may be released into the promised paradise of “The Away.”

Prefers Bright Indirect Light

ATLA in association with LASA present
An Inkwell Theater Production of

Prefers Bright Indirect Light

By Veronica Tjioe

Directed by Rosie Glen-Lambert

Featuring:

Sutton Arabe, Shirley Jordan, 

Emily Kuroda, Hailey McAfee

Friday, October 16th @ 7pm

The Inkwell Theater Development LAB

A unique program in Los Angeles, The Lab aims to bring the writer out of their office, or coffee shop, and into the rehearsal room. We believe that nothing benefits works-in-progress more than artistic collaboration, and are focused on developing new plays through a collaborative workshop process. We believe that by working in a rehearsal setting with a director and actors, a playwright can best further their play. During a one to  six-week intensive process, writers will not only see and hear their original draft, but will see their re-writes, changes, and inspired ideas come to life. After all that work is accomplished, the play will be presented as a reading for leaders in the theatre community as well as our fellow artists and dedicated supporters.

Our watchwords are the lessons of Max K. Lerner, the namesake of our Fellowship:
Don’t focus on the negative.
Go forward, not backward.
Keep your sense of humor.

Be a mentor.

More Information about
The Inkwell Development LAB

More Information about
The Max K. Lerner Playwrighting Fellowship

Submission and Application Guidelines

Last from the Inkwell LAB

a new play by Daniel Hirsch

Directed by Annie McVey

Featuring: Christine Dunford, Luke Medina, John Lavelle, Sharon Freedman

 

Produced by Daniel Shoenman & Annie McVey

Kate is having a rough Monday. On top of the fact that she has a chatty, emotionally needy new coworker named Alan who won’t shut up, she’s realizing that her job in the User Systems QA team might be utterly devoid of meaning. Also, she’s probably going to die… As the Mondays accumulate, Kate’s small world is upended when Alan wrangles her into an unexpected friendship. However, neither can predict how the forces of late-stage, techno-capitalism or one’s impending mortality might muck up their non-romantic, workplace romance.

This Season From the LAB

  • WAITING (4.380,000 HOURS AND COUNTING)

    a new play by Aja Houston

    Directed by Susan Dalian

    Featuring: Carlis Shane Clark, Cherish Monique Duke, Mihara India, Rickey Junior, Geri-Nikole Love, Portland Thomas, Inger Tudor, E.E. Williams

    When Proctor passes into the afterlife, she finds herself a captive of “The Middle” — a place where Black souls killed for the sin of being “Spooks” are held until they earn their redemption. Proctor pushes back against the other members and the omnipresent system that governs them so she may be released into the promised paradise of “The Away.”

  • LET.HER.RIP.

    a new play by Maggie Lou Rader

    Directed by Randee Trabitz

    Featuring: Alexis Genya, Kaitlin Huwe, Portland Thomas, Kay Wilson Live Original Music performed by Michael Fleming

    LET. HER. RIP. is the story of camaraderie, activism, and ferocity which lies within the crosshairs of the Match Women labour movement and the Ripper murders in White Chapel, 1888

  • here comes the night

    a new play by Lisa Kenner Grissom

    Directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed

    Featuring: Madelynn Fattibene, Erika Soto, Paige Taylor

    When Olivia (mid-40s) invites her old friend, Maggie (mid-30s), to spend the weekend to provide support as Olivia goes through an at-home abortion, their opposing worldviews lead to unexpected insights and consequences for both of them. What happens when a woman’s right to choose becomes a litmus test for all of her life choices?

  • Into The Sky

    a new play by Matt Schutz

    Directed by Kimberlea Kressal

    Featuring: David J. Cork, Felipe Figueroa, Noelle Romano

    Aboard the spacecraft Passage, Roderick and Johann tend to caterpillars while journeying towards a habitable planet. The long journey allows the two to simply drift through space – and towards each other.

  • Poolside Glow

    a new play by Luis Roberto Herrera

    Directed by Claudia Duran

    Featuring: Timothy Mark Davis, Zamara Jimenez, Julie Peralta Reyes

    Afraid of her true desires, Serena searches for what she believes is love and whether she deserves it. Through a series of late-night swims, she explores how much she is willing to sacrifice and endure in the pursuit of it.

  • Firewater

    a new play by Samantha Marchant

    Directed by Lauren Campedelli

    Featuring: Sara Acevedo, Max Faugno, Alexandra Hellquist, Jully Lee, Sierra Santana, Miebaka Yohannes

    A reimagining of the Prometheus myth told from the point of view of fire and her sister.

  • A Witness

    a new play by Jordan Elizabeth Henry

    Directed by Hannah Wolf

    Featuring: Robyn Cohen, Sol Marina Crespo, Jimmy Jo, Hailey McAfee, Susan Louise O’Connor, Geri-Nikole Love, Kacie Rogers

    Billie, an end-of-life nurse, begins working with Chuck, a woman in the final stages of ALS, as the one-year anniversary of the death of Billie’s brother, Kosmo, approaches.

Last Season From the LAB

  • WAITING (4.380,000 HOURS AND COUNTING)

    a new play by Aja Houston

    Directed by Susan Dalian

    Featuring: Carlis Shane Clark, Cherish Monique Duke, Mihara India, Rickey Junior, Geri-Nikole Love, Portland Thomas, Inger Tudor, E.E. Williams

    When Proctor passes into the afterlife, she finds herself a captive of “The Middle” — a place where Black souls killed for the sin of being “Spooks” are held until they earn their redemption. Proctor pushes back against the other members and the omnipresent system that governs them so she may be released into the promised paradise of “The Away.”

  • LET.HER.RIP.

    a new play by Maggie Lou Rader

    Directed by Randee Trabitz

    Featuring: Alexis Genya, Kaitlin Huwe, Portland Thomas, Kay Wilson Live Original Music performed by Michael Fleming

    LET. HER. RIP. is the story of camaraderie, activism, and ferocity which lies within the crosshairs of the Match Women labour movement and the Ripper murders in White Chapel, 1888

  • here comes the night

    a new play by Lisa Kenner Grissom

    Directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed

    Featuring: Madelynn Fattibene, Erika Soto, Paige Taylor

    When Olivia (mid-40s) invites her old friend, Maggie (mid-30s), to spend the weekend to provide support as Olivia goes through an at-home abortion, their opposing worldviews lead to unexpected insights and consequences for both of them. What happens when a woman’s right to choose becomes a litmus test for all of her life choices?

  • Into The Sky

    a new play by Matt Schutz

    Directed by Kimberlea Kressal

    Featuring: David J. Cork, Felipe Figueroa, Noelle Romano

    Aboard the spacecraft Passage, Roderick and Johann tend to caterpillars while journeying towards a habitable planet. The long journey allows the two to simply drift through space – and towards each other.

  • Poolside Glow

    a new play by Luis Roberto Herrera

    Directed by Claudia Duran

    Featuring: Timothy Mark Davis, Zamara Jimenez, Julie Peralta Reyes

    Afraid of her true desires, Serena searches for what she believes is love and whether she deserves it. Through a series of late-night swims, she explores how much she is willing to sacrifice and endure in the pursuit of it.

  • Firewater

    a new play by Samantha Marchant

    Directed by Lauren Campedelli

    Featuring: Sara Acevedo, Max Faugno, Alexandra Hellquist, Jully Lee, Sierra Santana, Miebaka Yohannes

    A reimagining of the Prometheus myth told from the point of view of fire and her sister.

  • A Witness

    a new play by Jordan Elizabeth Henry

    Directed by Hannah Wolf

    Featuring: Robyn Cohen, Sol Marina Crespo, Jimmy Jo, Hailey McAfee, Susan Louise O’Connor, Geri-Nikole Love, Kacie Rogers

    Billie, an end-of-life nurse, begins working with Chuck, a woman in the final stages of ALS, as the one-year anniversary of the death of Billie’s brother, Kosmo, approaches.

Season 9 (2020-21)

Season 8 (2019-20)

Season 7 (2018-19)

Season 6 (2017-18)

Virtual Playwright's Night

An evening of live cold readings of new plays over Zoom

October 28th @ 6pm

Please consider a donation to one of these groups today:

Black Lives Matter: The national umbrella of the Black Lives Matter movement, donations to BLM go toward programs and actions across the country, focused on ending white supremacy and state-sanctioned violence.

The Bail ProjectWith locations in Compton, Van Nuys, and San Diego, as well as offices or partnerships in cities from coast to coast, the Bail Project is one of the largest and most established bail funds.

Peoples City Council Freedom Fund: The L.A. activist group Peoples City Council stages protest actions on a variety of issues around social and economic justice. Recently, the local group has been lobbying for a city budget that reduces the share of public funds used to pay for the LAPD.

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment: This grassroots organization aims to register voters and empower Californians to advocate and vote for economic, racial, and social justice.

Please consider a donation to one of these groups today:

Black Lives Matter: The national umbrella of the Black Lives Matter movement, donations to BLM go toward programs and actions across the country, focused on ending white supremacy and state-sanctioned violence.

The Bail ProjectWith locations in Compton, Van Nuys, and San Diego, as well as offices or partnerships in cities from coast to coast, the Bail Project is one of the largest and most established bail funds.

Peoples City Council Freedom Fund: The L.A. activist group Peoples City Council stages protest actions on a variety of issues around social and economic justice. Recently, the local group has been lobbying for a city budget that reduces the share of public funds used to pay for the LAPD.

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment: This grassroots organization aims to register voters and empower Californians to advocate and vote for economic, racial, and social justice.

To our Patrons, Artists, and Friends:

In light of the recommendations by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Governor Gavin Newsom, and the most recent California Department of Health guidance regarding public gatherings, The Inkwell Theater will be temporarily closing our doors as of today.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled all performances of Waiting, as well as the remaining readings in this season’s Development LAB series. We will also be moving our monthly Playwright’s Nights online.

We are exceedingly proud of the commitment and exceptional creative work that the playwrights, directors, actors, and staff put into our season. However, the health and well-being of our audience, artists, and community must come first. We so much appreciate everyone who has attended events during our 2019-20 season, and we greatly value your support and loyalty.
We are working to reschedule the canceled events for a later date, and we will continue to give you updates in the future. All ticket holders with online purchases will automatically be refunded for the cost of the ticket and all fees associated.

Thank you again for your support and your loyalty. We will keep you updated through this dynamic situation and look forward to welcoming you back to Inkwell. In the meantime, please continue to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Sincerely,
Daniel Shoenman

Artistic Director
The Inkwell Theater

March 12, 2020