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A Rolling World Premiere with Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre Company

Written by Walt McGough

Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz

January 9 - 24, 2015

Boston Playwrights' Theatre


Maggie survived the end of the world, but it hasn't really ended, has it? Stuck in an abandoned building with nearly unlimited supplies, a broken radio and a book of spells, she bides her time and waits for the monsters to leave. But when her daughter reappears, Maggie can't celebrate because something is not quite right. The two women square off with both their lives hanging in the balance, and all that keeps them separate is a razor-thin chalk circle, hastily drawn on the floor. An intense sci-fi fable, which digs deep into issues of motherhood, responsibility and possession of all kinds.


Show Dates and Times

January 9-24, 2015
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 21st @ 7:30pm
Matinees January 10th & 24th @ 3pm


Special Events

*Post Show Social following the evening performance on Saturday, Jan. 10th
*Cheap Date Night on Wednesday, Jan. 21st - Buy One Ticket, Get One Free (+ Free Concessions Package!) with online code DATE
*Playwright's Night on Thursday, Jan. 15th and 22nd with a Tootsie Pop Talkback


Christine Power as Maggie, Photo by Louise Hamill

Christine Power as Maggie, Photo by Louise Hamill

Cast and Production Team

Maggie - Christine Power
Cora - Caroline Rose Markham


Playwright - Walt McGough
Director - Sarah Gazdowicz
Dramaturg - Jessie Baxter
Production Manager - Gabe Hughes
Stage Manager - Renato Luna Dezonne
Production Stage Manager - Marysa Yvonne Angelli
Scenic & Prop Design - Rebecca Lehrhoff
Lighting Design - Ian W. King
Sound Design - Chris Larson
Costume Design - Erica Desautels
Fight Choreography - Kaitee Tredway
Assistant Stage Manager - Lindsey Anderson


Christine Power (Maggie) is pleased to be making her debut with Fresh Ink. Recent local credits include Playhouse Creatures (Maiden Phoenix); Good Television (Zeitgeist Stage); The Miracle Worker (Wheelock Family Theater); Three Viewings (New Rep); Neighbors (Company One -  Norton award nomination outstanding actress). This Fall she appeared in the Fort Point Theater Channel production of In the Summer House, as well as the one-night only performance of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit with Zeitgeist. She has worked on new scripts with Rhombus, New Rep Next Voices, Boston Playwrights', Grub Street, and Lesley University. For more information:


Caroline Rose Markham (Cora) is a graduate of BU's School of Theatre (’13). She just wants to say how happy and humbled she is to be back with her dear friends at Fresh Ink -- last fall she joined them in Outlaw Jean. More recently Caroline was spotted in Maiden Phoenix's first show ever, Playhouse Creatures, and before that with the Imaginary Beasts in their Winter Panto 2014. You may have seen her last summer in Titanic's production of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. Her roles at BU ranged from Antigone to Titus, and she earned her Somerville stripes as Kelly in John Shea's ERIN GO BRAGH-less. Caroline was classically trained at LAMDA, and can be found slangin dranks at Eastern Standard (Best Service, Best of Boston 2014) any old day of the week.


Walt McGough ( Playwright) is a Boston-based playwright (by way of Pittsburgh and Chicago), and a current Playwriting Fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company. His plays include The Farm (IRNE & Broadway World Boston Nominee, Best New Play), Priscilla Dreams the Answer (IRNE Nominee, Best New Play), Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), The Haberdasher! (a tale of derring-do)Paper City Phoenix, and Pattern of Life, and he has worked around the country with companies such as The Lark, the Huntington, Boston Playwrights Theatre, New Rep, Fresh Ink, Sideshow Theatre Company, Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, and The Second City Chicago. He won the 2011 Best Comedy Award from the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC, and was named one of the Boston Globe’s 2012 Artists on the Rise. He was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2010 Ken Ludwig Scholarship and a writing fellowship to the 2010 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and was a finalist for ACTF’s John Cauble Short Play and ten-minute awards. He is a founding ensemble member of Sideshow Theatre Company, for which he serves as Literary Manager. He currently serves on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston, and was previously the Company Manager at Chicago Dramatists. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.


Production Photos

Photos by Louise Hamill

Pre-Production Photos

Photos by Louise Hamill


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