Playwrights Realm festival readings set

The Playwrights Realm will present INK’D, its annual festival of new plays April 17–20. The festival will feature staged readings of new work by 2016–17 writing fellows Donja R. Love, Liza Birkenmeier, Clarence Coo and Patricia Ione Lloyd. Born out of a desire to create ongoing support systems for early-career playwrights, the fellowship program provides a $3,000 stipend, monthly script meetings, professional development sessions with industry leaders, and a pairing with a director and designer for the playwright to work with throughout the year. INK’D will offer two readings of each script per day, at 3 and 7 p.m. The schedule is Sugar in our Wounds, by Donja R. Love (April 17); radio island, by Liza Birkenmeier (April 18); The Birds of Empathy, by Clarence Coo (April 19); and Eve’s Song, by Patricia Ione Lloyd (April 20). Readings will take place at The Loft at Theatre 511 (511 W. 54th St., between 10th and 11th avenues). Readings are free to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve tickets, please visit

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