As part of our upcoming season, we are thrilled to be producing two plays as part of our full development cycle, which will include a First Look staged reading this spring, a summer workshop, and a full production in 2017 -- keep an eye out for the dates and locations of our First Look readings so you can participate in the early development of these scripts this spring! We are also excited to embark on a new type of development work as a company, which will take the form of an extended workshop process of another new play that culminates in a public workshop presentation. We look forward to sharing these exciting new works with you in the coming year!
Written by Laura Neill
World Premiere - February 10-25, 2017
Boston Center for the Arts
When Diana, a middle-aged mother of two, wakes up as Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812, she suddenly commands much more of her life than she used to. Imagining that her daughters are warring lieutenants, her ex-husband is her four-year-old son, and her nurse Lizzie is her darling wife, Diana establishes an identity that is much closer to her true self than anyone expected.
Laura Neill's work has been developed at Dartmouth College, Brown Production Workshop, RISD, VoxFest, Playwrights' Reading Room, and the Wilbury Theatre Group. Laura is an affiliate of the 2016 Company One PlayLab and has recently accepted a place in the Boston University MFA in Playwriting. She won the Eleanor Frost Playwriting Award in 2012 and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, and the New England New Play Alliance. Laura runs the Youth Shakespeare Project, a summer theatre camp, with her husband Jaymes.
Written by Cecelia Raker
World Premiere - May 5-20, 2017
Boston Playwrights' Theatre
When Maria, Rachel, and Molly got thrown together on a school project about the local urban legend, they didn't quite bargain for some horrifying teary murderess ghost lady to start messing with their lives. La Llorona, with her irreverent, haunting advice and constantly changing faces, seems intent on steering them away from her fate--or is she just luring them to a watery, weeping demise?
Cecelia Raker is a playwright, director, and dramaturg based in Boston, by way of New Mexico. She is a 2016 Company One PlayLab Fellow, and a core member of the Project:Project devising collective, whose piece Shiver premiered at the Boston Playwrights' Theater in June 2015. Her play Dry Bones Rising premiered at Venus Theatre in Laurel, MD in May 2015, and she is a 2015 finalist grantee from the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Artist Fellowship in Dramatic Writing. Her work has been developed and produced with Landing Theater's new American Voices series, One Bird Productions, the Boston Theater Marathon, the Great Plains Theater Conference Playlab, the ART’s Loeb Experimental Theater, Harvard Playwrights’ Festival, The One-Minute Play Festival, Bostonia Bohemia, Company One, and a variety of other venues. Cecelia has recently directed plays for Bostonia Bohemia and Sleeping Weazel. She is a proud member of the Dramatists' Guild and the Ministry of Silly Walks. She also tutors at a local private school and holds an AB in Theater Arts from Harvard College. ceceliaraker.weebly.com
Written by Nina Louise Morrison
Workshop Presentation - September 24-25, 2016
Nora and Torvald are marooned on islands of their own making in this synesthetic adaptation of A Doll’s House. As their warped game of telephone threatens to overwhelm them, will they find a way to communicate? Google Doll explores the exuberant beauty and futility of translation.
Nina Louise Morrison is a playwright, director and teacher with an MFA from Columbia University. She is a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow, winner of the SpeakEasy Stage Company 2016 Boston Project, a PlayLab Affiliate at Company One, a core member of the devising company Project: Project, and a member of Rhombus writers. Her plays have been read and produced by the Huntington Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Company One, Fresh Ink Theatre, 20% Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, Saltbox Theatre, Open Theatre Project, Our Voices, WOW Café, SLAM Boston, Wax Wings, Bostonia Bohemia, and the Boston One Minute Play Festival. She was a semi-finalist for the 2014 National Playwrights Conference and she is the recipient of a Richard Rodgers Fellowship and a Shubert Foundation grant. Before moving to Boston, Nina was the Senior Program Associate at the Philadelphia Theater Initiative. She also trained as an actor at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the New Actors Workshop, and received her BA from Oberlin College. She teaches playwriting at Grub Street and the University of New Hampshire.
The Ink Spot staged reading series is a platform for playwrights to hear their scripts out loud and with an audience -- sometimes for the very first time! Join us for these one-night-only events to get a peek at the development process and share your thoughts about the play.
Written by Livian Yeh
Ink Spot Staged Reading - Fall 2016
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,
Livian Yeh is a Taiwanese playwright. Her plays include Nightfall, recipient of both the John Golden Playwriting Prize and the Goldberg Playwriting Award from NYU, as well as the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Nightfall was first workshopped at The Goldberg Theatre in collaboration with The Flea Theatre and its resident acting company. Memorial, her latest full-length play about the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in D.C. and its designer Maya Lin, was workshopped at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and will receive a workshop production as part of BPT’s 2016-2017 season. Her short plays have appeared at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Manhattan Repertory Theatre (NYC), 13th Street Repertory Theatre (NYC), North Park Vaudeville (CA) and The Cape Cod Theatre Project (MA). She is an MFA candidate at Boston University, and is thrilled to be a part of Fresh Ink Theatre’s Ink Spots Reading Series.
Written by Alexa Derman
Ink Spot Staged Reading - Fall 2016
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.
Alexa Derman is a playwright originally from New Jersey. Recently, her solo show Hamlet & Ophelia opened Off-Off-Broadway (Semicolon Theatre) after being named an O'Neill semifinalist, followed by a reading with EST/LA. Production and developmental history includes EST/LA, Semicolon Theatre, Runaways Lab Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, The Blank Theatre (3-time national winner), Young Playwrights Inc. (2-time national winner), International Thespian Society, Theatre Project. Alexa is currently at Yale working towards a BA.