that time the house burned down

Written by MJ Halberstadt

Directed by Stephanie LeBolt

April 8 - 23, 2016

Boston Playwrights' Theatre


Mommy and Daddy Patterson have raised Sonny and Daughtery to live a sheltered life, comforted by thoughts of storks delivering babies, Santa Claus, and the all-too-obvious lie that they are not adopted. The perpetually-recycled soul of the family pets watches on as the family inches closer and closer to moral (and literal) bankruptcy, and Daughtery challenges Mommy's answers to life's bigger questions. And then, of course, the house burns down.


Special Events

*Post Show Social following the evening performance on Saturday, April 9th
*Cheap Date Night on Wednesday, April 13th and 20th- Buy One Ticket, Get One Free (online only with code HBD10DN)
*Playwright's Night on Thursday, April 14th and 21st with a Tootsie Pop Talk following the performance


Show Dates and Times

April 8-23, 2016
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 8pm
Saturday, April 23rd at 3pm - Pay-What-You-Can, $6 min


Cast and Production Team

And A Half - Noah Simes
Karma - Lizzie Milanovich
Mommy - Karina Beleno Carney
Daddy - Scot Colford
Daughtery - Ally Dawson
Sonny - Marc Pierre


Playwright - MJ Halberstadt
Director - Stephanie LeBolt
Dramaturg - Jessie Baxter
Stage Manager - Taylor Starr
Scenic Design - Ryan Bates
Lighting Design - Gifford Williams
Sound Design - Andrew Duncan Will
Costume Design - Kat Schondek
Puppet Design - Marc Ewart
Prop Design - Kelly Smith
Assistant Stage Manager - Phil Esposito


Production Photos

Photos by Louise Hamill


Noah Simes (And A Half) is a Boston-based actor, director, and theatrical collaborator. Recent credits include The Farnsworth Invention (Flat Earth Theatre), Orlando (Bad Habit Productions), Knock! and Winter Pantos 2014–2016 (Imaginary Beasts), as well as two stints directing at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Noah is the creator of SPOKENWHEEL, a live fiction storytelling event, and he will direct the premiere production of From the Sea, to Somewhere Else by Monica Giordano, coming to Boston in July 2016. Noah holds a B.A. in Theater from UMass Amherst.


Lizzie Milanovich (Karma) is making her Fresh Ink debut! Well, sort of. Her play It's Not About My Mother was the first show of their 2015/2016 season, but she couldn't be more thrilled to be working with them again -- this time on stage! Other Boston acting credits include The Taming of the Shrew and Boxer Shorts with Brown Box Theatre Project and It Felt Empty... with Theatre on Fire. Her writing has been produced at Emerson College, Shotz:Boston at the Charlestown Working Theater, and Dojo Theatre Company in New York City. She holds a degree in acting and playwriting from Emerson College.


Karina Beleno Carney (Mommy) is delighted to make her first appearance with Fresh Ink Theater Company. Recent theater credits include And Baby Makes Three (Nia), Rabbit Hole (Becca), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), Steel Magnolias (Truvy Jones), and The (Female) Odd Couple (Sylvie). When not acting, Karina can be found either running around with her two young children, or at her day job as a licensed acupuncturist. She is ever grateful to her family for being so incredibly supportive of her love of the stage, especially when it takes her away from bedtime snuggles!


Scot Colford (Daddy) last performed with Fresh Ink in the world premiere of Patrick Gabridge's play Fire On Earth (Bishop Tunstall). He recently was seen in Hub Theatre Company's provocative staging of The Love of the Nightingale and next month will be appearing in another Patrick Gabridge world premiere, Blood on the Snow, at the Old State House. Other Boston appearances include Project: Project’s devised work Shiver (Wilhelm Grimm) and a multitude of roles at The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain including Company (Harry), Spamalot (Patsy), The Three Sisters (Solyony), Absurd Person Singular (Sidney), and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Rosencrantz).  Regionally, he has appeared in La Cage Aux Folles (Jacob) at The Umbrella in Concord. Scot has also performed with Fort Peck Summer Theater in Montana and Human Race Theatre Company in Ohio. A native of Ohio, Scot holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Wright State University.


Ally Dawson (Daughtery) is thrilled to be making her debut with Fresh Ink Theatre. Ally recently graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Acting and a concentration in Musical Theatre. Previous acting credits include: Luna Gale (Stoneham Theatre), The Chronicles of Kalki (Company One), and Equal Writes (Boston Playwrights' Theatre). Originally from the Washington DC area, Ally has a serious love of new plays is so excited to continue this new chapter of her life.


Marc Pierre (Sonny) is absolutely thrilled to be make his Fresh Ink debut. Boston credits include Lab Rats (Brown Box Theatre Project), The Flick (Gloucester Stage), King Lear and Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare), I Am a Camera (Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre), A Soldier’s Play (Roxbury Repertory) and We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...(Company One/ArtsEmerson). Marc received his BFA in acting at Emerson College.




MJ Halberstadt is a Boston-based playwright and alumnus of Emerson College (BA Theatre Education) and Boston University (MFA Playwriting). Full-length plays include i don't know where we're going but i promise we're lost (Boston Teen Acting Troupe, August 2015), Brute (Pingree School), Grindr (and other concerns) (The Survivalists), not Jenny (Bridge Rep of Boston) and The Da Vinci Commission (Can't Wait Productions). His short plays have been presented here and there, and he's been awarded some invitations and scholarships. He is a Founding Artistic Associate of Bridge Rep of Boston, a current BCA PlayLab Fellow, and member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.