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This ‘Outlaw’ aims for the unexpected

Gillian Mackay-Smith (left) and Melody Martin in MJ Kaufman’s work “Outlaw Jean,” at Factory Theatre.
Gillian Mackay-Smith (left) and Melody Martin in MJ Kaufman’s work “Outlaw Jean,” at Factory Theatre.Credit: Louise Hamill

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Fresh Ink Theatre Company exists to bring new plays to the stage, from an initial reading through a workshop to a full production. A lot can change along the way. With MJ Kaufman’s “Outlaw Jean,” which opens Friday and plays through Nov. 16 at the Factory Theatre, the process averted a bloodbath among the characters. Kaufman started writing the play a few years ago after mentoring high school playwrights at a retreat. The students had been given a challenge to write “an outlaw story” with specific requirements, including a scene in a convenience store and a lit match. Kaufman decided to try it too. “I just remembered being really impelled by this one requirement, which was ‘a moment of redemption,’ ” Kaufman says. “I was thinking, what did the outlaw need to be redeemed from?”

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