After months of planning and preparation, it is with great pleasure that we announce our selections for Fresh Ink Theatre's 2012-2013 Season!
Out of the 40 scripts that were submitted, we’ve chosen five incredibly diverse plays that excite and challenge us. Three of these scripts will receive a development cycle that culminates in a full production, and two will be staged as public readings.
Our upcoming season will showcase some familiar Boston names, a few up-and-comers, and even a former Fresh Ink actress. Their plays are full of creativity and wit, with rich characters and vibrant worlds that we can’t wait to explore. Keep a lookout for readings this spring to get an early glimpse of the season, and join in our excitement about these five fantastic plays!
Mommy and Daddy have tried desperately to have a baby. But where science fails, faith persists. When informed that Mommy's "degraded uterus" offers no chance of in vitro implantation, Mommy and Daddy have a life-affirming epiphany: rather than discard or donate their embryos, they take them home and raise them like children. All might be well, except that the embryos, Leggo and Eggo, have voracious appetites and uncanny abilities beyond their developmental stage. When they run amok, the poor would-be parents are faced with a choice: save their embryos from the world, or save the world from their embryos.
1524. John Tewkesbury is a savvy trader and smuggler, smart enough to know William Tyndale's illegal translation of the Bible will be a hot commodity. But, to sell the good book, he must elude the spies of Sir Thomas More and escape the fires of the Catholic bishops. In this true story about the struggle between dangerous information and powerful knowledge, one man journeys from merchant to martyr.
Sam Pascutti's family is falling apart. When she discovers that her inept father is cheating on her mother she must do all she can to mend their fragile relationship. This is no small feat for Sam, who is just trying to get through the day without thoroughly embarrassing herself, which is basically impossible when you're sixteen and uncool and spend most of your free time in an elaborate fantasy world. Things start to spiral away from her when her father's mistress inserts herself into the family drama.
Set in an alternative version of the Wild West, Bandits tells the story of queer cowboys robbing a stage coach filled with gold, American Indians armed with laser guns fighting for their homeland, and robot US Marshall's' trying to keep the peace. Blending genre and social critique, Bandits shows that anything is truly possible in the west, so long as you keep your eyes on the horizon.
Tanner, Maya, and Jared -- and Jared’s new friend Ross -- set off into the wilderness surrounding their nowhere town in search of a ghostly light that’s said to haunt the woods. If Brakeman's Light were a different story, it would be a teen slasher film, or the Blair Witch Project. It would be an after-school mystery adventure. It would be Are You Afraid Of The Dark or Scooby Doo, or one of the spookier episodes of Wishbone. Instead, it's the story of people who aren't really kids anymore and who aren't really still friends, alone in the dark and facing the things it's not really fun to be afraid of.