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Keelay Gipson, Sarah Einspanier, and More to Present New Plays at Ink'd Festival

Bleu Beckford Burrell and Else C. Went will also present new work at the Playwrights Realm's 10th-anniversary festival.

Keelay Gipson will present his new play #NewSlaves as part of the Playwrights Realm's 10th Anniversary Ink'd Festival of New Plays.
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The Playwrights Realm has announced the lineup for its 10th Anniversary Ink'd Festival of New Plays, running April 15-18 at the Loft at Theater 511.

On April 15, Keelay Gipson will present #NewSlaves, directed by Whitney White, described as "an epic fantasia on the commodification and criminalization of the Black Body in America through the lens of the NFL Draft and the prison system." Bleu Beckford Burrell's Lyons Pride follows on April 16; directed by Estefania Fadul, it "intimately depicts the struggles — and pride — of a Jamaican immigrant family in the U.S."

Sarah Einspanier's I Love Sean (April 17), directed by Jenny Koons, is described as follows: "Jay is 'living the dream' competing for love on national television, while back home, Rachel keeps forgetting she's pregnant, and Shelley tries to get her sh*t together enough to make a casserole. Three to 300 women strive to find happiness between what they want and what they're told they should want, who they are and who they're told they should be."

And Else C. Went's Initiative (April 18), directed by Emma Went, according to a press release, "plays out within an early 2000s high school Dungeons & Dragons group whose members are striving to figure out their identities — in the game and real life."

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