What Martha Did

Event Date: 

Friday, November 15, 2019 to Sunday, November 24, 2019

Event Location: 

  • Performing Arts Theater

Event Price: 


photo of Enid Graham, Playwright
Playwright Interview: Enid Graham


photo of the dining room table scene from "MARTHA"
A documentary on the making of What Martha Did made by the students in the Film and Media Studies Launch Pad class (2019) 

scene at the dining room table with all cast members

Cast: Alexandra Singleton, Brian Harwell, Blake Thompson, Betty Galindo, Kat Cleave, Sierra Hastings, Daniel Andres Blanco, Julie Fishell (not pictured: Harry Davis)
Photo by David Bazemore

About the Play

A gathering to commemorate the 25th edition of Martha Fisher's celebrated book of poems brings her fractured family back home - all except Martha herself, who committed suicide soon after the book's original publication. Haunted by the past and events they can't explain, her family struggles to move forward. How can they reconcile the Martha who wrote so brilliantly about the joys of living and the hidden Martha who ended her own life? What Martha Did is a darkly funny drama about regret, facing the truth, and finding forgiveness.

(What Martha Did contains mature themes including references to suicide.)

About the Playwright

photo of playwright Enid Graham

Enid Graham is a writer and actress living in New York City. Her play Ruth was recently seen at the 2018 National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Center the New TACTics 2017 New Play Festival in NYC, and the Sacred Monsters Summer Reading Series in Los Angeles. What Martha Did was a finalist for the 2015 National Playwrights' Conference and a semi-finalist in the Blue ink Playwriting Festival in Chicago. As an actress, her credits include numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and Honour (Tony Award nomination); Television/Film including The Sinner, Boardwalk Empire, Margaret, and The Interpreter.

Production Team

  • Written by Enid Graham
  • Director: Risa Brainin
  • Scenic Designer: Ann Sheffield
  • Costume Designer: Ann Bruice
  • Lighting Designer: Michael Klaers
  • Sound Designer & Composer: Guarav Mishra
  • Dramaturg: Sophie Swezey
  • Assistant Director: Ahmed Asi
  • Stage Manager: Emily Coin


  • Daniel Blanco
  • Kat Cleave
  • Harry Davis
  • Julie Fishell
  • Betty Galindo
  • Brian Harwell
  • Sierra Hastings
  • Alexandra Singleton
  • Blake Thompson

Cast member Kat Cleave in scene laughing

Photo by Fritz Olenberger