Martha's (B)rainstorm:

A Boston fairy tale

Written by John J King

Directed by Stephanie LeBolt

In collaboration with the Boston Public Library Playwright-in-Residence program and part of the Push Project Residency at Boston Center for the Arts

June 7, 8, 14, and 15 at Boston Center for the Arts



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$10 General Admission
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Once upon a time, in 2072, rising temps and sea levels threaten to turn Boston into New England's own Venice. But some things in Boston never change: the population doubles in September, the Yankees suck, and nobody speaks to one another—they yell. City Communications Director Martha Morgan needs to chart a course that keeps Bostonians above water, but a Single-Minded Mayor, Arrogant Architect, and a history of segregation stand in her way. And on top of all that, a talking turtle is begging Martha to save its last egg...and its entire species. If Martha hopes save all of Boston's citizens, both human and otherwise, she better hope a rising tide lifts all votes.


Please Note:

This play is still in progress and this is a workshop presentation, not a fully staged production. Parts of the text will be read script-in-hand, and while there will be some use of movement and design elements (costumes, props, etc.), you won't see all of the traditional production elements of a fully realized production. This is an exciting opportunity for our audience to see a play in the earliest stages and have a hand in our developmental journey. We'll be gathering thoughts from our audiences and collaborators throughout the workshop process as we look toward the next draft of the play and hope you will join us to participate in Fresh Ink's first-ever commissioned work!

The performance runs approximately an hour and 40 minutes.


Special Events

  • Post Show Conversation with the core artistic team following each performance


Show Dates and Times

June 7, 8, 14, 15, 2018
Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30pm

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Cast and Production Team

Martha Lee Morgan - Blyss Cleveland
Chelonia Mydas - Maria Hendricks
Dr. Cassandra Byrnes - Louise Hamill
Yzobel - Lourdes Martinez
Rudy Walsh and others - Phil Thompson
Damian Argus and others - Matt Ryan
Zara and others - Lynn Wilcott
Raquela and others - Adriana Zuniga
Guilherme "Gee" Puissant and others - Nick Osborne
Duc Nguyen and others - Quentin Nguyen-duy


Playwright - John J King
Director - Stephanie LeBolt
Dramaturg - Jessie Baxter
Stage Manager - Benjamin Janey
Movement and Choreography - Misha Shields
Composer and Instrumentalist - Geraldine Barney
Scenic Design - Kenny Burt
Sound Design - Andrew Duncan Will
Lighting Design - Iman Louis-Jeune




John J King (Playwright) 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 includeBlueshift (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.



Stephanie LeBolt (Director) is a Boston-based director passionate about new work and movement direction. Recent credits: Sfanta (Wellesley College), La Llorona (Fresh Ink Theatre), Franklin (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical (The Umbrella Center), and That Time the House Burned Down (Fresh Ink Theatre). She is the Studio Programs Manager at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, a graduate of the Insted Israel Directors’ Lab and the Arts Administration program at the University of Virginia, and a recipient of the 2017 Mayor’s Opportunity Fund.

Ben Janey (Stage Manager) has previously worked with BPT on the Boston Theatre Marathon (multiple years), the Mill 6 Collaborative, Rough and Tumble Theater Co, Shakespeare and Company, and others. He is eternally grateful for his wife Nicole for making him lunches when he's tired, and their dog, Willow, for still recognizing him as part of the family. Their hamster, Ramona, is somewhat indifferent towards him. He'll take it.