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Playwrights Realm to present festival

The Playwrights Realm has announced that instead of a second full production this season, it will host a month-long festival that will offer works in progress by four playwrights. MJ Kaufman will explore the world of projection in Double Atlas, a queer thriller with a shape-shifting central character. Nia Witherspoon’s Witness intertwines the stories of black women warriors with Yoruba sacred texts. Michael Yates Crowley, whose satire The Rape of the Sabine Women premiered at the Realm in 2017, will be represented by Block Association Project—an interactive piece whose narrative starts long before the performance, as ticket buyers receive e-mails and texts from the characters in the world of the play. Asiimwe Deborah Kawe’s Appointment With gOD  is set in an American embassy in a foreign country. Using movement and sound, the story of visa seekers becomes similar to a religious quest. Playwrights Realm has been producing new work since 2007 and in 2016 it mounted the world premiere of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which became a 2017 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. With the annual writing fellowship, the organization now grants nine months of resources, workshops and feedback to four playwrights; with its Scratchpad Series, playwrights are brought to New York to participate in a one-week developmental workshop. Submissions for both programs will be accepted through Feb. 24. For more information, visit—Edward Karam