Marvelous Fruit

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’s writing credits include Not Enough Air, produced by the Nora Theatre in Cambridge in 2010 and by Timeline Theatre in Chicago in 2009. It received the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award and first prize in Boston Theatre Works Unbound Festival, and was nominated for an Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding New Work. It was recently presented in Transport Groups Dark Night Reading Series. Obolensky’s original performance pieces have been performed at La Mama E.T.C., New Georges, HERE Arts Center, and Access Theatre. Her 10-minute play Girls Play won the 2010 Kennedy Center National College Theatre Festival and was performed in the Boston Theatre Marathon and in The Source Festival D.C. It will be published in the International Centre for Women Playwrights upcoming Diversity Scenes Anthology. The full-length version, The Girl Problem, was awarded a 2010 WordBRIDGE fellowship. Obolensky received the 2010 Pen New England Discovery Award and has an M.F.A. in playwriting from Boston University.

Breaking Ground is the Huntington Theatre Company's reading series, a vital part of our new play development program. This series brings attention to the work of local playwrights and presents national writers into partnership with the Huntington. Over the last seven years, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally. Unless otherwise noted, admission to all Breaking Ground readings is FREE and open to the public.


  • Masha ObolenskyPlaywright
  • Melia BensussenDirector

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