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Next from The Inkwell Theater Development LAB

"Currency" By Jennie Webb
Directed by Annie McVey

Featuring
Ron Bottitta, Holly Fulger, Jennifer Kenyon, Josh Stamell, &Veralyn Jones

December 6, 7 & 9, 2015

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Presented at VS Theatre
5453 W Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019

 

About 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. While we recognize the necessity for writers to work on their own, we believe that nothing benefits works-in-progress more than artistic collaboration.

Submission Guidelines and Instructions
 

The LAB is 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 plays. Playwrights tell us often how they gained a new insight from simply seeing their work with a cast, not to mention the constructive input from directors and other artists. The LAB gives them that opportunity.

We begin with a writer and their first-draft. During a six-week intensive process, writers will not only see and hear that draft as written, but will see their re-writes, changes, and inspired ideas come to life. This is first aided by introducing an experienced and versatile director, bringing his or her own unique insights to the play. Mixing in a cast of talented performers only adds to the volume of artistic brainpower being brought to bear upon the play. And pulling the playwright into the rehearsal room brings the whole thing together. Then, 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.

The authors selected for each LAB season are the recipients of The Lerner Fellowship, which provides financial, logistical and artistic support to our playwrights. Max K. Lerner was special council and a senior advisor to the Shubert Theatre Organization for over 30 years. During his tenure there, new writers and plays were strongly fostered, including such pieces as: Amadeus, Children of a Lesser God, City of Angels, Dreamgirls, A Few Good Men, Glengarry Glen Ross, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, "Master Harold"...and the Boys, 'night, Mother, The Real Thing, Sunday in the Park with George, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Max was always a passionate advocate for both new and emerging writers in the theater, and this Fellowship honors his lifelong commitment.

More about The Max K. Lerner Playwrighting Fellowship

Most Recently at The LAB...

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M-Theory: a play told in 11 dimensions

By Jami Brandli
Directed by Diana Wyenn

 

Featuring:
Brenda Varda, Kristy Johnson, & Reena Dutt

Produced by Daniel Shoenman, Bonnie Hallman & Annie McVey

"Former biographer Pauline Grey has shut herself and her daughter Ava away in a remote Pennsylvania cabin for nearly a year. Pauline will not let Ava go until she has the answers she is desperately seeking. But when a solar flare storm hits, cutting the women off from communication with the outside world, and a downed pilot appears at the cabin asking for help, Pauline's reality is challenged in more ways than one.”

From last season...

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Fortune Wheel

By Joey Damiano
Directed by Jeff Liu

 

Featuring:
Emily Kuroda, Peter James Smith,
Burl Moseley, Deja Soufka

Produced by Daniel Shoenman & Annie McVey
 

Dramaturge
Ari Agbabian

Casting by
Lisa Pantone

Previously at the LAB

Sisters of Transformation
By Jeremy Frazier
Directed by Annie McVey

 

Featuring:
Marlo Bernier, Andrew Fromer,
Jamie Miller, Peter Monro,
Jennifer Kenyon, Domaine Javier

 

Produced by Daniel Shoenman

Euphrates
By Terence Anthony
Directed by Bonnie Hallman

 

Featuring:
Libby Clearfield, S.A. Griffin, Ken Narasaki, Tyson Turrou, Diarra Kilpatrick & Sola Bamis

 

Produced by Daniel Shoenman, Annie McVey & Tommy Dunn

Trochilidae
By Meghan Brown
Directed by Tommy Dunn

 

Featuring:
Alexandra Grossi, Dasha Flynn,
Stephen Sullivan, Steven J. Pershing


Produced by Daniel Shoenman
& Annie McVey

Luigi
By Louise Munson
Directed by Annie McVey

 

Featuring
Helena Bugacov, Helen Duffy, Jacinta Marasco, Maria Mastroyannis, Mark Saul, Fernando Scarpa, Ray Xifo

Produced by Daniel Shoenman

Sentence
By Elizabeth Chomko
Directed by Bonnie Hallman

 

Featuring
Michael Butler Murray, Holly Fulger, & Johnny Hawkes

Produced by Tommy Dunn, Annie McVey, & Daniel Shoenman

10 Lovers
By Rachelle Anthes
Directed by Annie McVey
 

Featuring:
Robyn Cohen, John Lavelle, William Barker, Nik Tyler, Reem Kadem, John Kelly, Seril James, Guy Birtwhistle

Produced by Daniel Shoenman and Tommy Dunn

Degrees
By Michael David
Directed by Mandi Riggi

 

Featuring:
Samantha Sloyan, Mark McCullough Thomas, Matt Austin

Produced by Tommy Dunn and Daniel Shoenman

About The Max K. Lerner Felowship

The authors selected for each Lab season are the recipients of Max K. Lerner Playwriting Fellowship, which provides financial, logistical and artistic support to our playwrights. Max K. Lerner was special council and a senior advisor to the Shubert Theatre Organization for over 30 years. During his tenure there, new writers and plays were strongly fostered, including such pieces as: Amadeus, Children of a Lesser God, City of Angels, Dreamgirls, A Few Good Men, Glengarry Glen Ross, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, "Master Harold"...and the Boys, 'night, Mother, The Real Thing, Sunday in the Park with George, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Max was always a passionate advocate for both new and emerging writers in the theater, and this Fellowship honors his lifelong commitment.

 

"Here are a few things I learned from my father and his boundless excitement for life. I hope you can benefit from Max's wisdom as much as I have.

Don't focus on the negative. "It'll get you every time," he used to say. When you find yourself spiraling, stop it.

Go forward, not backward. "Straight ahead" was his favorite phrase, cropping up on cards and letters as well as in conversation. In fact, several members of our family now sign off this way.

Keep your sense of humor. We would often find Max whistling and talking at the same time, even up until the end. At parties, he would dance and sing along to the music (his favorite move being "the cha-cha-cha"). He also used his creative side to produce a few records and off-Broadway shows.

Be a mentor. Dad was always looking to offer help to those around him, and young people would flock to him in search of his advice."

— Helene Lerner
Her tribute on The Huffington Post