Distant Neighbors

Written by Patrick Gabridge

Directed by Liz Fenstermaker

December 5 - 13, 2014

Boston Playwrights' Theatre


A group of suburban neighbors are strangers to each other until an alien space ship crashes into their back yards. After its arrival, they get to know each other a lot better, and faster, than they ever expected (or wanted). Distant Neighbors is a space-age love story about loneliness and longing, and the barriers we set up between us. It looks at the possibility for wonder, not just at the skies and the universe, but also at the person living right next door.


Special Events

*Post Show Social following the evening performance on Saturday, December 6th
*Cheap Date Night on Wednesday, December 10th - Buy One Ticket Get One Free (+ Free Concessions Package!)
*Playwright's Night on Thursday, December 11th with a Tootsie Pop Talkback


Show Dates and Times

December 5 - 13, 2014
Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

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    Sheldon Brown (Adams) & Louise Hamill (Talia). Photo by E. Milanovich Photography

 Sheldon Brown (Adams) & Louise Hamill (Talia). Photo by E. Milanovich Photography

Cast and Production Team

Adams - Sheldon Brown
Talia - Louise Hamill
Griffin - Daniel Boudreau
Melanie Tomlinson - Gillian Mackay-Smith
Blake - Michael Knowlton


Playwright - Patrick Gabridge
Director - Liz Fenstermaker
Dramaturg - Tyler Monroe
Production Manager - Gabe Hughes
Stage Manager - Keagan McCarthy
Lighting Design - Christopher Bocchiaro
Scenic and Prop Design - Marc Ewart
Sound Design - Lindsey Anderson
Costume Design - Bridgette Hayes
Assistant Director - Gabe Graetz
Assistant Stage Manager - Andrew Cataluna
Assistant Lighting Design - Emily Crochetiere
Costuming Assistant - Erica Desautels


Cast Bios

Sheldon Brown (Adams) is a graduate of the Acting program at Emerson College, Class of 2014. His credits include Someone Who'll Watch Over Me with Bad Habit Productions, How May I Connect You? with Project Project, vocal performances in 99% Stone with the Theatre Offensive of Boston, Green Eyes with Company One & the Kindness, and numerous productions through Emerson College. His other credits include The Grand Inquisitor directed by Peter Brook through ArtsEmerson and the Shakespearean Jazz Show with the Outside the Box Festival & ArtsEmerson!


Louise Hamill (Talia) was recently seen in 123, The Embryos, and Trog and Clay: An Imagined History of the Electric Chair with Fresh Ink Theatre Company, How May I Connect You? and What Are You Doing Here? with Project: Project, Boston’s The One-Minute Play Festival, and Black Comedy with Happy Medium Theatre. She has also worked with Intermezzo, Heart and Dagger Productions, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Mill 6 Collaborative. She is the Artistic Director of Fresh Ink Theatre Company and co-founder of Project:Project. Louise has a BA in Theatre from Connecticut College and studied at the British American Drama Academy.


Daniel Boudreau (Griffin) is thrilled to be working with the good people of Fresh Ink Theatre. Distant Neighbors marks his third role since returning to the Boston theater scene this past June. Since that time he has been seen as Polonius in Wax Wings Theater’s Hamlet and Peleus in Office of War Information’s J.A.S.O.N.


Gillian Mackay-Smith (Melanie) is so happy to return to Fresh Ink after playing Mama Mystery in last season's Outlaw Jean by MJ Kaufman and Mommy in The Embryos by Ginger Lazarus. Gillian was most recently seen as Charlotte in The Real Thing, Bridget in Translations, and Pope Joan/Louise in Top Girls, all with Bad Habit Productions. She has also appeared in The One-Minute Play Festival, the Boston Theater Marathon, the Mad Dash, and at ImprovBoston. Gillian studied acting at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, and she is a proud graduate of the theater department at Northeastern University.


Michael Knowlton (Blake) grew up in and still resides in Dorchester. Michael's recent credits include Splendor (Company One), Our Town (Huntington Theatre), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Company One), Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater). Michael is thrilled to join Fresh Ink for the opportunity to premier Patrick's new play and wants to thank his family for their continued support!


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Pre-Production Photos