2019/2020 Season

Fresh Ink is thrilled to feature six new plays plays as part of the 2019/2020 season! The two world premieres in season nine will grow through a development cycle that includes a public First Look reading and a workshop in advance of a full production. We are also continuing to expand development opportunities for playwrights in season nine by deepening the workshop and rehearsal process for four plays during our fall Ink Spot Festival. All of this work will be presented as part of Fresh Ink’s newly-announced Launch Pad Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts!

The 2019/2020 season includes four writers who are brand new to the company, and two Fresh Ink alumni who return after sharing work via the Ink Spot series in previous years. The worlds and characters that make up this season’s lineup are vibrant and compelling, exploring complicated themes that challenge and excite us. We look forward to sharing these stories with you in the coming year!


Written by David Valdes

World Premiere Production - January 24 - February 8, 2020

Boston Center for the Arts

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Marina, one of the last two climatologists on earth, has hidden herself on the coast of Iceland to escape increasing threats from Eternal Sunshine, a shadowy cabal harassing climate scientists into silence. When Lucia, her one remaining peer, shows up unannounced, a cat-and-mouse game ensues. Are they allies? Enemies? Who works for whom? Drawing on climate science and real-world events, Last Catastrophist imagines life on the brink of extinction.


David Valdes' plays have been produced across the US and abroad, most recently with Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, Mixed Blood, Borderlands, Milagros, and Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. His plays have appeared in the Humana Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Portland Stage Little Festival of the Unexpected, and New York Theatre Workshop Thursday Studio. Work in progress includes 2019 Eugene O’Neill Finalist Up the Ladder, Down the Slide and Downtown Crossing (the Boston Undocumented project), in collaboration with Company One.


Written by Cayenne Douglass

World Premiere Production - May 1-16, 2020

Boston Center for the Arts

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Maiden Voyage charts the first all-female patrol aboard a U.S. submarine. It’s smooth sailing until mechanics and interpersonal relationships start to go awry. As the Captain’s leadership is tested and the motivations of the crew are questioned, the team must ask themselves: what is the true cost of a successful mission? 

Cayenne Douglass has had work produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Perspectives Theatre Company, Dixon Place, ESPA Primary: Stages Detention Series, FEAST: A Performance Series, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Players Theatre, Midtown International Theatre Festival, The Big Apple Theatre Festival, Edmunds Driftwood Players in Seattle and “Ain’t I a Woman” Festival in Louisville, KY. She's developed work with The Village Playwrights, The Living Room Theatre, and Step1 Theatre Project. In 2018, Cayenne participated in The First Stage Residency through The Drama League, The Barn Arts Residency in Bass Harbor, ME, and The Emerging Artists Residency at The Tofte Lake Center in Ely, MN. In December, she was published by Smith & Kraus in their monologue anthologies The Best Men’s Stage Monologues 2018 and The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2018. In 2019, she was named a regional finalist for The Garry Garrison National Ten-Minute Play award through The Kennedy Center. Cayenne attended LaGuardia High School, CalArts and Goddard College. She is currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting at Boston University. www.cayennedouglass.com  IG: bruteful_theatre


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After a hugely successful inaugural year, the The Ink Spot Festival is returning for another jam-packed weekend of new play development! The festival showcases some of the most exciting voices in New England’s playwriting community through in-process staged readings and conversations, providing a platform for playwrights to hear their scripts out loud and with an audience – often for the very first time.

For our 2019/2020 season, we're expanding the workshop and rehearsal component of the festival, thanks to a generous Live Arts Boston grant, offering our creative teams the chance to dig deep and dream big as they look toward the next step in their process.

Join us November 1-3, 2019 to be a part of the early development of these scripts and celebrate new work in Boston!


Written by Greg Lam

Presented in collaboration with Company One Theatre’s PlayLab

Ink Spot Festival staged reading - November 1-3, 2019

Boston Center for the Arts - Deane Hall

The world has become uninhabitable. The last escape ship from Earth arrives to its new home, centuries after all the others, but the passengers are not prepared for what they find there. Greg Lam's The Last Ship to Proxima Centauri examines 21st Century America and the legacy of Western colonialism through a sci-fi lens, 2500 years after "Friends" is finally off the air for good.

This play was developed as part of the 2019 C1 PlayLab Pao Fellowship and will be presented in collaboration with Company One Theatre’s PlayLab.


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Greg Lam is a playwright, screenwriter, and board game designer who lives in the Greater Boston area. He is the co-creator of the "Boston Podcast Players" podcast, Boston's virtual podcast stage for new works by local playwrights. He is the co-founder of the Asian-American Playwright Collective. In 2019, he was named a fellow in the Dramatic Arts by the Mass Cultural Council and the inaugural Pao Fellow of the Company One PlayLab. His full-length play Repossessed received its world premiere at Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers, FL in 2018 after readings in Boston, Seattle, and Connecticut and is slated to be translated into Chinese and performed in Shanghai. Greg was a member of the 2016 Company One PlayLab Unit for the development of Boston area playwrights. His works have been produced by Company One, Fresh Ink Theatre, Pork Filled Productions, The Depot, The Boston Theatre Marathon, Open Theatre Project, Other World Theatre Paragon Festival, theatre@first, Navigators Theater, Fantastic.Z, The Pulp Stage, Ixion Theatre Ensemble, Eagle and Beaver Ensemble, 4th Street Theatre, Midwest Dramatists Conference, The Best of All Possible Podcast, Aching Dogs Theatre Company, Shadow Boxing Theatre, and others. You can see works of his that have been filmed at https://tinyurl.com/greglam. For more about Greg, visit https://greglam.wixsite.com/home.


Written by Bess Welden

Ink Spot Festival staged reading - November 1-3, 2019

Boston Center for the Arts - Deane Hall

Grand has dedicated her life to making wings that help others transition from one world to the next, and to raising her granddaughter Rachel, a curious scientist who is determined to fly. Weaving between real life and fantasy, and combining poetry and song into a radical re-visioning of the Daedelus/Icarus myth, Death Wings asks us to marvel at the wonder of flight and the mysteries of human love, loss, and letting go.


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Bess Welden is a theater artist based in Portland, ME. Her play Refuge Malja received its world premiere in the fall of 2018 on Portland Stage Company's mainstage. Her solo comedies The Passion of the Hausfrau (2009), Big Mouth Thunder Thighs (2013) and one-act Madeleines (2015) premiered in the Portland Stage Studio Theater, along with Not Always Happy (2017) which she helped develop and direct. Also in 2017 her multi-disciplinary performance collaboration, Legbala Is A River, premiered at Mayo Street Arts. Bess is a teaching artist in Colby College’s Department of Theater and Dance as well as a Portland Stage Affiliate Artist. www.besswelden.com.


Written by J. Sebastián Alberdi

Ink Spot Festival staged reading - November 1-3, 2019

Boston Center for the Arts - Deane Hall

When Martín comes out to his mother, la señora Doña Marina goes to extreme lengths to make sure that her son keeps it a secret with the help of La Virgen, Diosito, and a priest. But when Marina realizes she might have acted a bit too impulsively and attempts to make everything right, Martín and his new otherworldly boyfriend are anything but merciful. ¡Mamágua! blends worlds and languages, spinning a vibrant tale about a mother and son battling for acceptance and forgiveness. 



J. Sebastián Alberdi writes plays (& in the past, poems) about being queer, being mexican, & being brought up in his mother’s catholicism. He is a 2018 LAMBDA literary fellow & works at the Huntington Theatre in Boston, MA as their Literary Associate. ¡Mamágua! is his first full-length play & his book of erasure poems from the last chapter of James Joyce's ulysses —  Y ES — is available from ghost city press.

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Written by Keith Foster

Ink Spot Festival staged reading - November 1-3, 2019

Boston Center for the Arts - Deane Hall

As five credit-card agents work to process receipts, they make a game of imagining the stories behind each expense and begin to weave a tale about several strangers whose lives intersect in serendipitous and unexpected ways. Transactions: Fantasia on a Theme by Dan Price explores what’s behind the numbers to reveal the complicated truths about how we value one another.



Keith Foster is a playwright and actor based in Boston. He has had one-act plays performed in the Pittsburgh Pride Theatre Festival and at the Basement Playhouse (Ashland, KY). In Chicago, he served as a playwright for the Bridge Program at American Theatre Company (now depressingly defunct) and interned at Victory Gardens Theater.