The Ink Spot staged reading series is a platform to showcase more new work as part of our 2016/2017 season, as well as provide an opportunity for playwrights to partner with a director and dramaturg for some focused development on their play. These free, script-in-hand readings also allow each playwright to hear their text aloud and with an audience, which informs the continued development of their work.

The audience is a crucial component for scripts at this phase of the development process, and each reading will be followed by a guided conversation about the play. We hope you join us to participate directly in the new work development process and help shape how these plays grow! 


Written by Alexa Derman
Directed by Adrienne Boris

Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00pm
WorkBar, Central Square in Cambridge

The myth of Persephone's abduction is refracted through the story of a young queer couple dealing with sexual assault. About high school, teenage girls, and loving when it hurts on both sides.


Written by Livian Yeh
Directed by Cliff Odle

Tuesday, November 2 at 7:00pm
WorkBar, Central Square in Cambridge

Beijing, 1975. As the city slowly recovers from the Cultural Revolution, an acupuncture student must choose between joining his teacher to attempt to heal the near-death Chairman Mao, or to flee the city with a girl with a deadly secret,

Playwrights Alexa Derman and Livian Yeh

Playwrights Alexa Derman and Livian Yeh