The Maine Playwrights Festival opens this week!

MPF Splat PenThe 16th annual MPF features 6 world premiere plays, all of which are presented at each of  7 performances in Portland, and an evening of performances in Orono! Click on the links below to learn more and purchase tickets!

Portland performances – April 27 to May 6
Orono performance – Sunday, May 7 at 7pm

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The Reality Check

Most of my plays have taken place in what you’d call the ‘real world.’   They were fictional, but played by the rules of time, physics – all the stuff that, in our real lives, dictates what we can and can’t do.

But when I first began dabbling in what’s often referred to as ‘magical realism,’ I felt a great sense of liberation.  “Hey, this is set in a world that doesn’t follow the rules, so hell, I can get away with anything!” Well, yes … and no.

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A writer’s ebullient anxiety

For a playwright, the interval of time between having your play selected for production and the performance’s opening night can only be described in two words: ‘Ebullient anxiety.’

When my play, Connection, was selected for this year’s Maine Playwrights Festival, I experienced the adrenaline rush I’m sure all playwrights know. Because up until now, it’d existed in a world solely inside my own head. After the first draft, questioning almost every line, every plot twist. Delete. Write. Mutter to myself. Revise.

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JUST ANNOUNCED – two great new classes

Study Shakespeare with Naked Shakespeare’s Artistic Director and/or Performance Poetry with Acorn’s Director of Training

Classes meet on selected Thursday nights this spring

Poetry in Motion, taught by Carmen-maria Mandley
Thursdays March 30 and April 6 • 7:30 to 9:30pm • $40
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Intro to Shakespeare in Performance, taught by Michael Levine
Thursdays May 4, 11 and 18 • 7:30 to 9:30pm • $65
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