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F(re)sh Ink: a New Works Incubator

What we offer:
F(re)sh Ink was born out of the desire to support new Chicago voices by providing a unique development tool for creators. Accepted projects will be matched with a project developer and will undergo a flexible workshop process catered to the needs of the project.
We are a company built on collaboration and are always looking for new artists to join us in a spirit of fearless play. We are interested in stories that are immediate and contemporary. We love work that challenges theatrical forms and is open to interpretations that experiment with different actor-audience relationships.
Most importantly, we want projects that are ready to grow and change... if your play is finished, that's terrific, and you don't need us!

How to submit:
Email freshink@rediscovertheatre.com with the subject line "FI Submission - [title of piece]." In the body of the email, please include the following and attach any materials that exist for the project:
• What is the story or experience guiding the project?
• Keeping in mind (re)discover's goal to challenge theatrical form, what is the audience experience of the project?
• What does the show feel like to you? (We invite you to share images, songs, textures, abstract demonstrations etc)
• Does the show have any other folks already attached to it?


Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7:30pm
Snakeroot By Levi Shrader

Orphaned by the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, Sissy and her dysfunctional brother Howie, have only ever known a life of deprivation and poverty. Barely subsisting on the social security checks Sissy draws every month for heart trouble, she supplements the paltry checks with scant earnings from digging and selling medicinal roots she finds in the mountains around she and her brother's shack. Now,  in 1997, from a chance encounter with an earnest and well-meaning, if misguided, agent from the National Park Services, Sissy learns of the rare and extremely valuable Snakeroot, and pins to it her hopes of one day building a real home for herself and her brother. However, the secret passions of the men around her, to win her affections or locate the elusive Mothman, conspire and collide to derail Sissy's dream of ever having a real home to call her own. Faith in family, love, and the supernatural order of this reality, and others, are tested.

October 6, 2016
Roast by Harry Wood

An odd question: do you know how you want your funeral to go? Some have thought about it - while others haven't. Sam Warner knows and has made it clear. He wants his friends and family to roast the living hell out of him!
In a surprising mix of stand-up and theatre, Harry Wood brings us a conversation about mental health and comedy, friendships and tragedy. It is deeply funny and oddly touching. 

Harry Wood is a writer, comedian and actor from Andover, Massachusetts. He is currently a senior at Northwestern University, where he is studying theatre with a focus in performance, playwriting, and screenwriting. He is the host of two podcasts, Overpourers: A Bar Rescue Podcast and the Week in Revue, and he performs regularly at The Second City, and the Annoyance Theatre. His next project is an adaptation and live-reading of "Burnt," Bradley Cooper's badboy chef movie, which he is co-directing with Joshua Dallas Razo. He hopes you like this play, which he has had to repeatedly reassure his mom is not about him. 


June 18, 2016
Wander Lost By Samantha Mueller

Will home still be there when we return from the war? Can we carry home with as we wander through this world? What about when we are lost? This World War I adaptation of The Odyssey journeys through time, realms of reality and theatrical devices with passion and grace. Samantha Mueller takes us on an enthralling exploration of what it is to forget where you came from while trying to figure out where you're going.

Samantha Mueller is a Chicago-based playwright and producer. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where her play MOON & BACK received its world premiere. Since graduating, Samantha has worked at both Victory Gardens and Goodman Theatre. She is proud to announce that she will be co-producing Justine Gelfman’s THE THING THAT NEVER HAPPENED for the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival.


June 16, 2016
Precious Moments By Kaitlin Gilgenbach

The year is 1999 and Melanie, estranged wife of a serial killer, Teddy Bear Terror, is preparing for the reckoning. This lonely and guilt ridden woman goes around to all the families of her husband's victims to apologize to them, and bestow upon them the only thing she has left in the world: her vast collection of Precious Moment figurines. Doing this brings her in contact with Peter, another lonely soul and together they try to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding his daughter's disappearance in 1985. Through time melding and quirky characters, Kait Gilgenbach asks us to travel with these lonely people on their search for closure and companionship.

Kaitlin Gilgenbach grew up in a strange place far, far away called Florida. She journeyed to Chicago-land, when she was invited to attend Northwestern University. By night, she toils away at a brewpub to support herself and her kittens, Stella and Giles Poussey. The New Colony has been her fairy godmother, granting her admission into their Writers’ Room program, along with turning her into the current writer for the Associate Company. Many of Kaitlin’s wishes have come true: Her musical, The Guide to Being Single (co-written by Alexi Kovin), was produced by Underscore Theatre in Chicago, at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and has an upcoming production at the Starbuck Theatre Company in the UK this summer. She’s had shorter works in the PreTENd Play Festival (NU), Young Playwrights’ Festival (Florida Stage), and has had a script workshopped at the Annoyance Theatre. She’s elated that (re)discover theatre’s F(re)sh Ink series is the perfect fit!


June 15, 2016
The War PhotographerBy Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman

A conflict photographer and his artist girlfriend walk us through the trials of conflict photography as well as what it is to be an artist in a relationship. Can we separate ourselves from our art, and if we do, does that detract from who we are? Sarah Illiatovich-Goldman tells a foreign yet familiar story through photography and a smooth flow between the artist's public and private face.

Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman is a playwright from Toronto who now lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Her play The War Photographer was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference. Selected playwrighting credits include, This Is Not A Cure For Cancer (Collaboraction Theatre Company), Crime Scene ChicagoLet Hope Rise (Collaboraction Theatre Company) We Three (Cue6 Theatre), Pieces (Cue6 Theatre, RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Award finalist)  Mirror Me (Project: Humanity), The Apartment Trilogy (Sound It Out Festival) Hospital (Sketchbook Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival). On top of writing Sarah is a dramaturge, director and actor. Sarah teaches playwriting at the University of Illinois in Chicago and was on the literary team at The Steppenwolf Theatre Company for the world premiere of Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe.