by Abbey Fenbert (Ukraine 2008-11)
On a moonlit autumn night circa 1600-something, six women gather in the woods of an unnamed New England town to plot the murder of their local magistrate. But as the night wears on, the trees seem determined to deliver messages and strange objects fall from the sky — and the conspirators’ varying reasons for wanting the magistrate dead start to threaten their alliance. This energetic, heightened, time-bending new play askstheage-old question: when you violently overthrowthepatriarchy, how do you avoid replacing it with something worse?
Thanks to the support of tireless Boston theater champion Jack Welch, this residency gives Boston University alumni writers 30 hours of development time to explore, evolve, and experiment with collaborators. The playwright workshops their play-in-progress and shares it in a public reading.
We hope you’ll join us here at Boston’s Playwrights’ Theatre on Dec. 4, and that you’ll stick around post-show to raise a cozy, hot beverage to this new play!
Featuring Kortney Adams, Annika Burley, Eliza Fichter, Sage Gunning, Sarah Newhouse, and Kaili Y. Turner. Stage Manager: Fanni Horvath
ABBEY FENBERT is a writer from Detroit, though her other homes include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Ukraine. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University and a BA from NYU. Her original plays have been produced and developed by the Matrix Theatre Company, Red Theatre Chicago, Northern Illinois University, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the KNOW Theatre, the Berkshire Playwrights’ Lab, the Vagrancy, the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis and the Playwrights Union of Los Angeles.
Her plays Sickle and Child were finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and her short dramatic works are published in anthologies from Smith and Kraus. Her writing has been featured online at The Toast, McSweeney’s, Catapult, The Offing, HowlRound and American Theatre. She also wrote and stars in the webseries Beck & Clem, a feminist time-travel comedy. Fenbert served in the Peace Corps, Ukraine, 2008-2011, where she worked as an English teacher and youth organizer.