We are thrilled to welcome five new playwrights to the Fresh Ink family! For our seventh season, we will be working on two plays as part of our full development cycle, featuring two plays as Ink Spot staged readings, and developing one new play as part of an exciting project in collaboration with the Boston Public Library for our first ever playwright-in-residence!
The stories in our 2017/2018 season are all urgent and dynamic in their own unique ways, told by writers who perfectly demonstrate the breadth of talent in New England's playwriting community. We look forward to sharing their work with you in the coming year!
Written by Kira Rockwell
World Premiere Production - February 2-17, 2018
Boston Playwrights' Theatre
Bridgette Echo didn't grow up in a typical American family. Her father sells soap sculptures, her mother is a yoga guru, her younger sister plays with tarot cards, and they all live together under one roof in a continuously mobile RV. When the family decides to put down temporary roots in a Texas trailer park, this whimsical family soon discovers there's a lot under the hood that they've been suppressing. A quirky, endearing tale about a collection of dreamers who are all asking the same question, "What is my true purpose?"
Kira Rockwell is a playwright and teaching artist from Dallas, Texas. She currently resides in Boston, pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University and the Boston Playwright's Theatre. Kira's plays have been produced and or developed with WaterTower Theatre, Goat Song Theatre Collective, Little Black Dress INK, Southwestern College, Baylor University, and Boston University. Her plays With My Eyes Shut and Nomad Americana have been workshopped in the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (2015, 2016) and Alaska's Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2016). Her play, Birth Rights, has been chosen for development this summer in Boston at the FirstWorks Festival (2017). As a teaching artist, Kira is passionate about working with youth. Currently, she is a resident theatre artist at Hyde Square Task Force in Boston's Latin Quarter where she is writing, developing, and co-directing an original musical. Kira is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild and the Theatre Communications Group. She is an alumna of Baylor University where she received her BFA in Theatre Performance (2014). Website: www.kirarockwell.com
Written by Francisca Da Silveira
World Premiere Production - May 11-26, 2018
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts - Deane Hall
In an effort to avoid confronting her declining mental health, recent college graduate Lucilia volunteers a month of free labor to an organic farm in rural Georgia. There, she encounters ignorance bordering on racism, religious fanaticism, and too healthy eating habits that force her to question whether escaping into a world of green living was really an escape at all.
Francisca Da Silveira is a Boston native and playwright who graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a double degree in Dramatic Writing and History. She has had admin and literary roles at Target Margin Theater (NYC), The Russian Arts Theater and Studio (NYC), The Amoralists (NYC), and TC Squared (BOS). In 2015-2016, she served as the Education Associate at Company One Theatre (BOS) working with their teen apprentices. She is currently a Dramaturg and Literary Fellow with Company One. Fran's writing is greatly inspired and influenced by Anton Chekhov and Alan Bennett. She's had 10 minute plays performed as part of Theatre503's Rapid Write Response in 2014 (LONDON) and TCSquared Theatre Company's Playwright's Lab Showcase in 2016/2017 (BOS). Aside from writing plays, Fran is a home baker with an obsession with Mary Berry.
We are teaming up with the Boston Public Library to launch our first ever Playwright-in-Residence program, an exciting new opportunity to provide resources to a local writer while also sharing the process of new play development with a whole new audience. Our Playwright-in-Residence will work in the library to develop and workshop a brand new project commissioned by Fresh Ink, with various opportunities for the public to observe and participate in the play's creation. Stay tuned for news about how you can be involved!
Written by John J King
Playwright-in-Residence in partnership with Boston Public Library
Workshop Presentation - Spring 2018
Boston, 2052. Rising sea levels have turned the city into New England's own Venice and Bostonians have adapted with duck boats, bike-skis, and other amphibious machines. But the heart of the city remains: the population doubles in September, and the MBTA and the Yankees still suck. While New England is caught in a years-long drought, eco-scientist Martha wants to make it rain, but she will need help from scientists, her neighbors, the sea creatures who now make up part of the city’s population, and from YOU!
Martha’s (b)Rainstorm is a Choose Your Own Future play where YOU decide what Martha does next, and the audience vote determines Martha’s fate – and our own.
John J King is part Texan and part Tyrannosaur, and lives in Boston where he makes plays, music, & art. He has a B.A. in Theatre & English from SUNY Boondocks, and an accent from his mama. Plays include: Blueshift (O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights' Conference Finalist, 2016); From Denmark With Love (IRNE nomination: Best New Play); and an adapted libretto for the German Gothic opera Der Vampyr. His work has been produced locally by Vaquero Playground, SpeakEasy Stage, New Exhibition Room, and Company One Theatre. He is a proud alum of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows. www.J-RexPlays.com
The Ink Spot staged reading series is a platform for playwrights to hear their scripts out loud and with an audience – often for the very first time! Join us for these one-night-only events to be part of the development process and share your thoughts about the play with the creators.
Written by Greg Lam
Ink Spot Staged Reading - Fall 2017
Rich and Gretchen have the ideal marriage...until the company that manufactured and implanted that marriage into their heads inform them that they can no longer afford it. Will their marriage survive when their memories and personalities are repossessed by the company that owns them?
Greg Lam is a playwright, screenwriter, and board game designer who lives in Boston, MA. He is currently working to launch a podcast in 2017 called "Boston Podcast Players" which will present excerpts of new full length plays by Boston playwrights in podcast form. Greg was a member of the 2016 Company One Playlab for the development of Boston area playwrights. His works have been produced by Company One, Aching Dogs Theatre Company, The Boston Theatre Marathon, The Pulp Stage, Malarkey Films, Argali Films, Suffolk University Theatre, Shadow Boxing Theatre, and others. You can read a selection of his plays at his New Play Exchange profile or see works of his that have been filmed, including the webseries he created, on YouTube.
Written by Hortense Gerardo
Ink Spot Staged Reading - Fall 2017
The Token Fallopians of Middleton Heights is a dark comedy that follows Meena and her Filipino family as they assimilate to life in a Midwestern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. The play traces the historical events that reflect the political divide in America today, refracted through the lens of the Asian-American immigrant experience.
Hortense Gerardo is a writer and anthropologist. Recent produced works include: The Song Of Odd at the MBL Club, Death In Venice Beach at the 44th Annual Playwrights’ Platform Festival, Shadow|Proof House at the Spadina Museum as part of the Nuit Blanche Festival, Toronto, Kith And Tell at the Boston Theater Marathon and the Playwrights’ Platform Summer Festival, Family Tree at the Hovey 24-Hour Playfest, For The Love Of Egon at the Boston Theatre Marathon, Random Thoughts On Contemplating The Possibility Of Love At First Sight While Viewing Art at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Day Project, a video installation work exhibited at the Buzzards Bay Film Festival, Model Behavior and The Last Glance at La Mama E.T.C., NYC. Her puppet play, The Rosewater of Dona Felicidad was produced at MIT and at Lasell College. Her feature-length script Dancing In Exile won a screenwriting award at Woods Hole Film Festival. The feature film of her screenplay Fourhand, won the Audience Choice Award in the Woods Hole Film Festival, and two awards in the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre Filmmaker Takeover. Her short film, Infinite Corridor, premieres in 2017 at the Performance Mix Festival 31 in NYC. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, The International Center for Women Playwrights, current Chairperson of the Playwrights' Platform, and Director of the non-profit organization, in vivo Productions. www.hortensegerardo.com