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Photos by Hunter Canning / @huntercanning

A special Black Theater Night
was held Friday, October 7 @ 7:30pm

The talkback featured:
Arminda Thomas (Moderator/Co-Producer for CLASSIX), 
Erin E. Adams (Playwright), Tabatha Gayle (Director),
and the Ink'dWell Cast


"An intense, deeply moving play."
- Howard Miller, Talkin' Broadway

"New Light Theater Project never disappoints. Erin E. Adams has written a thoughtful play about a serious subject told by the finest ensemble of actors and directed by Tabatha Gayle with such empathy."

- Eva Heinemann, Hi! Drama

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Kendra – Britney Nicole Simpson*

Isaac – Landon Woodson*

Ember – Starr Kirkland*

Nia – Tai Lashaun 

Maya – Cherene Snow*  

† indicates NLTP company member

* indicates member of Actors' Equity Association

Written by Erin E. Adams

Directed by Tabatha Gayle 

Movement Dramaturg by Louis DeVaughn Nelson

Scenic + Projection Design by Anna Kiraly

Costume Design by Daricel Calcano 

Lighting Design by Annie Wiegand

Sound Design by Isaiah Howell

Production Stage Manager Madeleine Blossom *

Assistant Stage Manager Miciah Wallace

Artistic Producer William Steinberger

Special Acknowledgement to the ASL Community, including interpreters: 

Maria Cardoza, Emily Hart, Erin Murray, Felix Reyes, Mark Weissglass

& Shelby Edwards at Inclusive Communication Services

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Click here to read the bios of our cast, creative + production teams.


This play explores themes of mental health and depression and talks about death and suicide.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Therapy for Black Girls:
Therapy for Black Men:



This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

in partnership with the City Council.


This production is supported, in part, by a COVID Relief Grant from the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation

at 59E59 Theaters.

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Support for ASL Interpreters on this production provided in part through funding from Accessibility Microgrants, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) as well as a matching grant from the Yip Harburg Lyrics Foundation.


Kendra returns to her childhood home on Martha’s Vineyard upon learning her brother has died in a terrible accident. While searching for the truth about his passing, she finds herself tormented by a childhood ghost story.

As the mystery behind his death is unraveled, she discovers that he was drowning in much more than water. The ghost story, paired with her grief, begins to impact her relationship with her family and to the ocean itself. Ink’dWell is a poetic look at grief and how love lives on.

Winner of the 2020-2021

New Light New Voices Award

September 29 - October 15, 2022

@59E59 Theaters, Theater C

Part of the New Light New Voices Festival

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