the housekeeper

Written by Ginger Lazarus

Directed by Shana Gozansky

January 15 - 30, 2016

The Boston Playwrights' Theatre



When Adelina takes a job as a housekeeper for widower Charlie Frey and his daughter Kaila, she is not surprised to meet Charlie’s dead wife, Carson. It’s happened to her before. But soon she finds herself confronting more mess than she can handle—in the chaotic Frey household and in her own life.






Special Events

*Post Show Social following the performance on Saturday, January 16th
*Cheap Date Night on Wednesday, January 20th and 27th - Buy One Ticket, Get One Free, online only with code DATEHOUSE
*Playwright's Night on Thursday, January 21st and 28th with a Tootsie Pop Talk following the performance
*StageSource Night & Parity Party following the performance on Saturday, January 23rd


Show Dates and Times

January 15-30, 2016
Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 8pm

Sunday 1/24 and Saturday 1/30 at 3pm


Cast and Production Team

Adelina - Margarita Martinez
Carson - Gillian Mackay-Smith
Charlie - Dale J. Young
Kaila - Alexis Scheer


Playwright - Ginger Lazarus
Director - Shana Gozansky
Dramaturg - Sara Brookner
Assistant Director - Zach Rice
Stage Manager - George Page
Scenic Design - Arianna Knox
Lighting Design - Emily Bearce
Sound Design - Darren Evans
Costume Design - Chelsea Kerl
Prop Design - Gabriel Graetz


Production Photos

Photos by Louise Hamil


Margarita Martinez (Adelina) is thrilled to be making her Fresh Ink debut! New England: City of Angels, Death of a Salesman (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Blue Window (Brown Box Theatre Project); 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues, Talk to at Me (Sleeping Weazel); The Libertine (Bridge Rep/Playhouse Creatures); The King and I (Ocean State Theatre Company); Time of My Life (Zeitgeist Stage Company). Off-Broadway: The Miser ( Jean Cocteau Repertory). New York: As You Like It (Giant Squid Productions); Fefu and her Friends (Culture Project: 45 Below); A Man’s A Man (Giant Squid Productions/International FringeNYC); Makeshift (HERE Arts Center). TV: New England Emmy-nominated Host of the Emmy Award-winning series Neighborhood Kitchens (PBS WGBH). Margarita also creates original theatre and music compositions, such as her solo music theatre show, Well Behaved Women. She is a current MFA candidate in Media Art at Emerson College. BFA: NYU.


Gillian Mackay-Smith (Carson) returns to Fresh Ink after performing roles in The Embryos, Outlaw Jean and Distant Neighbors.  Other Boston-area credits include Greenland (Apollinaire Theatre Co.); The Real Thing, Translations and Top Girls (Bad Habit Productions). She received her BA in Theater Performance from Northeastern University and studied at the Gaiety School of Acting.


Dale J. Young (Charlie), h aving lived and worked all over the country, is still a relative newbie to the Boston Theatre scene. Recent productions include Ross in The Goat with Bad Habit Productions, Zworykin and others in The Farnsworth Invention with Flat Earth, and Jonathan in Greenland with Apollinaire Theatre. When not off chasing livestock, re-inventing television, or strolling the glaciers of the great north, Dale is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at UMass-Lowell; he likes to imagine "what it?" as he writes little plays, paints little paintings, carves little flutes, kayaks in little lakes, and thinks big thoughts and even bigger dreams.


Alexis Scheer (Kaila) is thrilled to be making her Fresh Ink debut! Alexis is originally from Miami, FL and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Boston acting credits include Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) with Arts After Hours; Equus (Jill) and Dog Sees God (Van's Sister) with Off the Grid Theatre Company; The Language of Angels (Celie) with Happy Medium Theatre; The Annotated History of the American Muskrat (Connie) with Circuit Theatre Company; A Soft Murder (Selina), Noises Off (Poppy), The Skin of Our Teeth (Sabina), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern) with The Boston Conservatory. Alexis is also the Producing Artistic Director of Off the Grid Theatre Company.




Ginger Lazarus' (Playwright) most recent work includes Burning, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and winner of the 2013 Boston My Theatre Award for Best New Work; The Embryos, staged by Fresh Ink Theatre; and A Blessing and a Curse: A Duet of Plays on Motherhood presented by Spiced Wine Productions. Her play Matter Familias received an IRNE nomination for Best New Play of 2004; other honors include the 1999 John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award for MOCKBA: A Play About Moscow and selection as a ten-minute play finalist in the 2002 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Shooting Sparks. Her plays have been produced locally by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Another Country Productions, Centastage, Queer Soup, Playwrights’ Platform, and the Boston Theater Marathon, and have been featured nationally in Untitled Theater’s 24/7 Festival, Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival, Pan Theater Ten Minute Play Festival, Women’s Theatre Project’s Naked Women Fully Clothed, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference Play Lab. Two of her short plays also appeared at the Warehouse Theatre and Canal Café Theatre in London. Her screenwriting credits include two award-winning shorts for the Boston 48 Hour Film Festival and Mary, a film based on her stage play. Ginger holds a master’s degree in playwriting from Boston University and has taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Emerson College. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, and Rhombus playwrights’ group.


Shana Gozansky (Director) is a freelance director and teaching artist. She is thrilled to be returning to the Fresh Ink fold for a second time. Her work has been produced at Stoneham Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, The Hangar Theatre, The Calderwood Arts Pavilion, The Bowery Poetry Club, Dickinson College, Manhattan Theatre Source, and The Red Room.  She has assisted on productions at Berkeley Rep, The Geffen, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, Henry Miller’s Theater, and Trinity Repertory Company and has taught acting and directing at Brown University, College of the Holy Cross, the Hangar Theatre, and Trinity Repertory Company.  Shana holds a MFA in Directing from the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company MFA Programs and a BA in Theater from Bard College, was an Artistic Associate at The Hangar Theatre, an Artist-in-Residence at chashama and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and is a Drama League Directing Fellow.


Sara Brookner (Dramaturg) is a freelance dramaturg and the Director of Engagement at the Jewish Arts Collaborative. She has previously worked on productions with Boston Public Works, Whistler in the Dark, Cornerstone Theater, and the American Repertory Theater and its Institute. Sara is a proud StageSource board member and coordinates their Gender Parity Task Force. She also serves as a member-at-large on the board of the Association for Jewish Theater. She earned her MFA in dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and a certificate from Cornerstone Theater’s summer institute in community-based theatre.


George Page (Stage Manager) is excited to work with everyone involved in his first Fresh Ink production. Just over a year ago, George moved to Boston. He is a stage manager, actor, teacher, and technical director. Some of his stage managing credits include Meena’s Dream (Forum Theatre) and (Wellesley College (tour), Julius Caesar (Lean & Hungry Theatre), God of Carnage, She Loves Me, Cabaret, and All Shook Up (Hickory Community Theatre).  He was the Assistant Stage Manager for the world premiere of Paul’s Case (Urban Arias). While living in Washington, DC, he served as Technical Director/Production Manager at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. Prior to moving to DC, George enjoyed teaching stagecraft, acting, voice, and storytelling at Catawba Valley Community College. George holds a BFA in Theatre and an MFA in Acting and Directing from West Virginia University.


Zack Rice (Assistant Director) has had a wonderful time realizing this heartfelt production! He is finishing his final year at Boston University pursuing a BFA in Theater Arts focusing on acting and directing.  Some of his favorite shows he's been seen in are Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Regional Theatre of the Palouse) and The Adding Machine (BU). He will be directing his thesis, Dusa, Fish, Stas, & Vi by Pam Gems, this Spring at BU.


Arianna Knox (Scenic Designer) is pleased to present her first production for Fresh Ink.  Recent design credits include Dames at Sea, A Taste of Honey, The Vibrator Play, and Gross Indecency.  She has a BA in theater arts with dual concentrations in Acting and Set Design from Marymount Manhattan College, and will graduate with a Masters in Fine Arts in May from Boston University.


Emily Bearce (Lighting Design) is a New England based designer who received her BFA in Lighting Design from Boston University in 2014. Her upcoming shows this winter are: Tuesdays with Morrie at Cherry Lane Theatre; Fancy Nancy with Boston Children’s Theatre at The Regent Theater. She has previously worked as an Assistant Lighting Designer on the Huntington’s The Seagull, and as an intern with Punchdrunk in London.


Darren Evans (Sound Designer) has been a proud member of the Boston theatre community for almost 15 years as a director, artistic director, lighting and sound designer and overall renaissance man.  His company, Theatre on Fire, is currently celebrating its 11th season. He has directed numerous IRNE and Elliot Norton nominated productions, including Mojo by Jez Butterworth, One for the Road by Harold Pinter, and Blackadder II: Live by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. Many thanks to the Fresh Ink crew for their commitment to new work in Boston.


Chelsea Kerl (Costume Designer) is very pleased to be working with Fresh Ink for the first time!  She recently earned her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University, having previously received degrees in both Theatre and English from the University of Maryland.  Since her schooling, she has been working as a freelance designer in the Boston area for several years now and has worked with New Repertory Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Gloucester Stage, Bridge Repertory Theatre, and Brown Box Theatre Project, among others.  She is also the Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer/Advisor at Wellesley College.  More of her work can be seen at


Gabriel Graetz (Prop Design) is delighted to be working with Fresh Ink again, after serving as assistant director for Distant Neighbors. Past props designs include Brown Box Theatre Project's touring production of Macbeth. Besides working as a designer, Gabriel also performs as an actor and historical tour guide, portraying John Singleton Copley with The Freedom Trail Foundation. He would like to thank his family for encouraging his deep-seated love for making things.