by Masha Obolensky • Directed by Melia Bensussen
Fran, quickly approaching 80, wakes up to her own life. With the help of "the interweb," she finds a warehouse party and an underground sensation called a "miracle berry," miraculous fruit that promises to make Tabasco sauce taste like donut glaze and pickles taste like watermelon. The berries spark a thousand tiny changes in the lives of Fran and her paranoid shut-in husband George — but how do we know when change is worth the price? A play about aging, friendship, and the power of the mind, Marvelous Fruit asks if sourness can ever taste sweet.
Masha Obolensky was a Huntington Playwriting Fellow in 2011-2012. She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in 2011 and received the Pen New England Discovery Award in 2010. Other awards include the Kennedy Center Michael Kanin Award (2010, Girls Play), a WordBridge fellowship (2010, The Girl Problem), the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award (2006), and the Robert Pinsky Global Playwriting Fellowship (2010). Her play Not Enough Air was produced by Chicago's Timeline Theatre and was nominated for 5 Joseph Jefferson Equity Awards including Best New Play and Best Production. Not Enough Air was also produced by the Nora Theatre in Cambridge (directed by Melia Bensussen) and was listed in The Boston Globe's "10 Best of 2010." Her most recent play Marvelous Fruit was a PlayPenn Conference finalist (2013), a Eugene O'Neill Theatre Festival semi-finalist (2013), and a Source Festival DC finalist. Her plays have also been produced by the Boston Theatre Marathon, the Samuel French OOB Play Festival, ArtsEmerson, HERE Arts Center, Access Theatre, and Source Festival DC. She has an MFA in playwriting from Boston University.
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