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Fresh Ink is thrilled to present the first ever Ink Spot Festival, a one weekend celebration of new work happening November 2-4, 2018 at Kuumba Library (140 Clarendon)!

These four plays showcase a variety of voices from Boston’s new play community, working across styles and genres to bring dynamic new stories to life. Following the final reading on Sunday evening, be sure to stick around for a conversation with the festival artists and reception to toast to some of our most exciting local talent!

The Ink Spot festival is free to attend, though we welcome donations in any amount to support the artists making the festival happen, both onstage and behind the scenes. Special thanks to the Lyric Stage Company for supporting this event and helping us make sure we can keep new plays accessible to all!

 
 
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Written by Michael Hisamoto
Directed by Pascale Florestal
Dramaturgy by Ramona Ostrowski

Friday, November 2 at 7pm

Set a year before the legalization of Marijuana in Massachusetts, someone who isn't me follows the Wakahisa family, a Japanese-American family of four living in Cambridge. Cathy's an ex-music producer from L.A., Leo is on faculty at Harvard, going up against his Institutional Review Board, Cody's an Olympic wrestling hopeful, and Felix loves "How I Met Your Mother." When opportunities come knocking and a prank goes awry at Cody's school, Cathy must decide what comes first: her happiness, or her family's.

 

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Michael Hisamoto is a Boston-based actor, playwright, educator, and director. Recent acting credits include Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Hold These Truths, Stage Kiss, Fast Company (Lyric Stage), Allegiance (SpeakEasy Stage), Charlotte’s Web (Wheelock Family Theatre), Yellow Face (The Office of War Information), The Ordinary Epic (Crose to Home Productions), and The Important Thing About Earthquakes (Watertown Children’s Theatre). A strong proponent of new work, Michael has developed and workshopped new plays for companies like The Huntington Theatre Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, HowlRound, SpeakEasy Stage, CompanyOne, MIT, Fresh Ink Theatre Company, and more. In addition to his acting work, Michael was a Playwriting Resident at the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, and has directed and assisted on numerous productions across Boston, and briefly led a children's theatre troupe in Southern California, where he was also recognized for his work as a youth in the theatre by the California State Assembly and Senate. Michael believes in educating the next generation of artists, having taught at multiple institutions, and happily offers career consultation free of charge to young disenfranchised artists. Upcoming projects include: Directing King of Shadows (Flat Earth Theatre), and Assistant Directing Pacific Overtures (Lyric Stage Company of Boston). Michael is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and a graduate of The Orange County School of the Arts and Boston University. michaelhisamoto.com

 
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Written by Maggie Kearnan
Directed by Cassie Chapados
Dramaturgy by Sarah Schnebly

Saturday, November 3 at 3pm

Inspired by real-life lighthouse keeper Idawalley Lewis of Newport Rhode Island, this play follows Ida and her family in their life on Lime Rock, maintaining the lighthouse, facing ghosts from their past, and what the changing times mean for their future.

 

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Maggie Kearnan is a playwright, director, performer, designer, and scenic painter. A graduate of Boston College 2014, she is now an Artistic Associate at Boston Theater Company, props master at Concord Academy, and scenic painter for several local companies including Company One and the Boston Lyric Opera. She also teaches and directs theatre at Arlington Catholic High School for the METG High School Festival, where she and her students participated in semi-finals in 2016 and 2018, and in 2017 presented their original work, The Green Child. Her short plays have appeared at the Boston Theater Marathon, the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Open Theater Project's Slam, and the Boston College Theatre Department. Current projects include Birch Tree Productions' She Did All That (scenic design) and Company One's Leftovers (scenic painter). Idawalley is her first full-length play. She is very excited to be able to share Ida's story and for the opportunity to work with Fresh Ink. Special thanks to the Ida Lewis Yacht Club!

 
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Written by Nick Malakhow
Directed by Sloth Levine
Dramaturgy by Corianna Moffatt

Saturday, November 3 at 7pm

In Seeing Eye, Jason meets Robbie outside of a bar and invites him over after the two share a ten minute conversation and Robbie does not run the other way when Jason reveals that he is blind. The evening initiates a romance between the two in which Jason struggles to break free from his own self-consciousness, as well as from the watchful eye of his overprotective sister, Jordan. Is Jason’s week-long adventure going to liberate him from his cycle of doubt? Is the charming but self-effacing Robbie himself ready to be seen for who he is?

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Nick Malakhow is a Boston-based writer and theater educator who received his BA from Swarthmore College and his MA in Theater Education from Emerson College. He has taught English, creative writing, and acting at the secondary level for over a decade in the greater Boston and Philly areas. Nick grew up in the diverse town of Teaneck, New Jersey, the child of Dominican and Ukrainian parents. His short work has been produced by Fresh Ink as part of their Mad Dash, the Open Theatre Project, and as part of the 2018 Boston Theater Marathon. His full length work, Emergency Contact, was developed at Emerson College, and his play, Seeing Eye, was a finalist for inclusion in the Latinx Theater Commons’ 2018 Carnaval.

 
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Written by MJ Halberstadt
Directed by Lizette Morris
Dramaturgy by Jessie Baxter

Sunday, November 4 at 5pm

Attempting to put an uncomfortable history behind her, Cali retreats to an igloo in Marie Byrd Land, the unclaimed wedge of Antarctica, and devotes herself to a mysterious research project. Cali's bubble is burst when her sister Zara inexplicably swims to the ice, begging her to return. Their argument (literally) snowballs as they unearth more and more layers of their relationship.

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MJ Halberstadt is a playwright, educator, and Antarctica enthusiast based just outside Boston. His work seeks humor within social commentary, often as it relates to LGBTQ stories and privilege. He is a 2017-19 Huntington Playwriting Fellow, recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for “Outstanding New Script” (The Launch Prize), and affiliated faculty at Emerson College. His work has been produced by Bridge Repertory Theater, Fresh Ink Theater, the Arctic Group, Boston Teen Acting Troupe, The Survivalists, and Pingree School. Acknowledgements and support from Assets 4 Artists, BCA/Company One PlayLab, Boston University Creative Writing Global Fellowship, KCACTF Region 1, and Last Frontier Theatre Conference. He is an Adjunct Professor of Writing for Film & TV at Emerson College, Playmaker Emeritus of Bridge Repertory Theater, and member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. He holds a BA from Emerson College and MFA from Boston University. Learn more at mjhalberstadt.com.

 
 

Following the reading on Sunday evening, join us at 6:30pm for Making Connections: A Conversation about New Work Development in Boston! We’ll be chatting with our playwrights about their festival experience, discussing the state of new work in Boston, and exploring opportunities and resources for artists working on new plays.