Martha's (b)Rainstorm: A Boston Fairy Tale

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...
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.

Commissioned by and Developed with Fresh Ink Theatre, 2017-18 as part of the Boston Public Library's Playwright in Residence Program.
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Martha's (b)Rainstorm: A Boston Fairy Tale

Character Information

  • MARTHA LEE MORGAN
    30s,
    Black
    ,
    Female
    BoMa’s Director of Emergency Communications, translating climate science and design plans into pictures and text for the public. Martha studies jiujitsu on the side – Watch out! Black woman, 30’s.
  • CHELONIA MYDAS
    300,
    Any (but not White)
    ,
    Female
    A 300+ year old turtle, witch, and matriarch.
  • DAMIAN ARGUS
    40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Dutch-born lead architect for BoMa Climate Resiliency Project. 40’s male.
  • DR. CASSANDRA BYRNES
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Cass is a marine biologist who runs graduate labs and writes about climate disasters: for kids!
  • HECATE
    20 - 50,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female
    Cassandra’s Cat. Or maybe Cassandra is her human.
  • ZARA
    20's - 30's,
    Middle Eastern or African descent.
    Argus’ assistant; the brains in the room. Arabic woman, 20’s
  • YZOBEL ("YZZY")
    Child,
    Black and/or Latinx
    ,
    Female
    A 6 year old student who wants to be a whale when she grows up.
  • RUDY WALSH
    60 - 80,
    White
    ,
    Male
    80 yrs old. Rudy runs a corner store in Dorchester, and walks with a cane.
  • “GEE” PUISSANT
    20s - 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Gee is a Freedom Trail guide who does drag on the weekend as a one-man drag band called Doll Severe’s Midnight Ride.
  • MAYOR WU
    30s - 40s,
    Vietnamese
    ,
    Male
    BoMa’s Mayor.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Fresh Ink Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Fresh Ink Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Commission
    ,
    Fresh Ink Theatre
    ,
    2017

Awards

Winner
,
Fellowship in Dramatic Writing
,
Massachusetts Cultural Council
,
2019