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November 1-3, 2019 | Boston Center for the Arts

The Ink Spot Festival is returning in season nine for another jam-packed weekend of new play development!

The festival showcases some of the most exciting voices in New England’s playwriting community through in-process staged readings and conversations, providing a platform for playwrights to hear their scripts out loud and with an audience – often for the very first time.

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 to support the artists making the festival happen, both onstage and behind the scenes.

 
 
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Written by Bess Welden
Directed by Dori Robinson
Dramaturgy by Jess Malone

Friday, November 1 at 8pm

Grand has dedicated her life to making wings that help others transition from one world to the next, and to raising her granddaughter Rachel, a curious scientist who is determined to fly. Weaving between real life and fantasy, and combining poetry and song into a radical re-visioning of the Daedelus/Icarus myth, Death Wings asks us to marvel at the wonder of flight and the mysteries of human love, loss, and letting go.

 

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Bess Welden is a theater artist based in Portland, ME. Her play Refuge Malja received its world premiere in the fall of 2018 on Portland Stage Company's mainstage. Her solo comedies The Passion of the Hausfrau (2009), Big Mouth Thunder Thighs (2013) and one-act Madeleines (2015) premiered in the Portland Stage Studio Theater, along with Not Always Happy (2017) which she helped develop and direct. Also in 2017 her multi-disciplinary performance collaboration, Legbala Is A River, premiered at Mayo Street Arts. Bess is a teaching artist in Colby College’s Department of Theater and Dance as well as a Portland Stage Affiliate Artist. www.besswelden.com.

 
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Written by Keith Foster
Directed by Hannah Pryfogle
Dramaturgy by Sarah Schnebly

Saturday, November 2 at 3pm

As five credit-card agents work to process receipts, they make a game of imagining the stories behind each expense and begin to weave a tale about several strangers whose lives intersect in serendipitous and unexpected ways. Transactions: Fantasia on a Theme by Dan Price explores what’s behind the numbers to reveal the complicated truths about how we value one another.

 

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Keith Foster is a playwright and actor based in Boston. He has had one-act plays performed in the Pittsburgh Pride Theatre Festival and at the Basement Playhouse (Ashland, KY). In Chicago, he served as a playwright for the Bridge Program at American Theatre Company (now depressingly defunct) and interned at Victory Gardens Theater.

 
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Written by J. Sebastián Alberdi
Directed by Jasmine Brooks
Dramaturgy by Kevin Becerra

Saturday, November 2 at 8pm

When Martín comes out to his mother, la señora Doña Marina goes to extreme lengths to make sure that her son keeps it a secret with the help of La Virgen, Diosito, and a priest. But when Marina realizes she might have acted a bit too impulsively and attempts to make everything right, Martín and his new otherworldly boyfriend are anything but merciful. ¡Mamágua! blends worlds and languages, spinning a vibrant tale about a mother and son battling for acceptance and forgiveness. 

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J. Sebastián Alberdi writes plays (& in the past, poems) about being queer, being mexican, & being brought up in his mother’s catholicism. He is a 2018 LAMBDA literary fellow & works at the Huntington Theatre in Boston, MA as their Literary Associate. ¡Mamágua! is his first full-length play & his book of erasure poems from the last chapter of James Joyce's ulysses —  Y ES — is available from ghost city press.

 
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Written by Greg Lam
Director: Announcing Soon!
Dramaturgy by Ilana M. Brownstein

Sunday, November 3 at 3pm

The world has become uninhabitable. The last escape ship from Earth arrives to its new home, centuries after all the others, but the passengers are not prepared for what they find there. Greg Lam's The Last Ship to Proxima Centauri examines 21st Century America and the legacy of Western colonialism through a sci-fi lens, 2500 years after "Friends" is finally off the air for good.

This play was developed as part of the 2019 C1 PlayLab Pao Fellowship and will be presented in collaboration with Company One Theatre’s PlayLab.

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Greg Lam is a playwright, screenwriter, and board game designer who lives in the Greater Boston area. He is the co-creator of the "Boston Podcast Players" podcast, Boston's virtual podcast stage for new works by local playwrights. He is the co-founder of the Asian-American Playwright Collective. In 2019, he was named a fellow in the Dramatic Arts by the Mass Cultural Council and the inaugural Pao Fellow of the Company One PlayLab. His full-length play Repossessed received its world premiere at Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers, FL in 2018 after readings in Boston, Seattle, and Connecticut and is slated to be translated into Chinese and performed in Shanghai. Greg was a member of the 2016 Company One PlayLab Unit for the development of Boston area playwrights. His works have been produced by Company One, Fresh Ink Theatre, Pork Filled Productions, The Depot, The Boston Theatre Marathon, Open Theatre Project, Other World Theatre Paragon Festival, theatre@first, Navigators Theater, Fantastic.Z, The Pulp Stage, Ixion Theatre Ensemble, Eagle and Beaver Ensemble, 4th Street Theatre, Midwest Dramatists Conference, The Best of All Possible Podcast, Aching Dogs Theatre Company, Shadow Boxing Theatre, and others. You can see works of his that have been filmed at https://tinyurl.com/greglam. For more about Greg, visit https://greglam.wixsite.com/home.

 
 

Following the reading on Sunday evening, join us at 5:00pm 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.