Maine Playwrights Festival

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Elwood's Last Job by Elaine Ford
“Elwood’s Last Job” by Elaine Ford at the 2017 Festival (photo Shannon Wade)

The Maine Playwrights Festival is now in its 17th year of nurturing the development of new scripts by Maine writers.  The festival is centered on developing and honing short plays, from submission through staged readings, rewrites, and culminating in a series of public performances.  Artistic Director / Dramaturg Daniel Burson leads the festival and this year will also co-teach a fall Playwriting Workshop.  The spring festival will be produced through a collaboration between Maine-based directors, actors, and designers, working with professional playwright-in-Residence, Callie Kimball.

The 2018 Maine Playwrights Festival will be comprised of two weekends of fully staged performances of short plays (8-30 minutes in length).  Each selected script will be performed on every show night during the festival.  The plays will be performed at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue) in Portland, April 26 to May 5, 2018.

The Submission Deadline for the 2018 Maine Playwrights Festival is:
December 2, 2017

Click here to download an application for the 2018 Maine Playwrights Festival.

One of last year’s festival playwrights, David Vazdauskas, wrote a weekly blog about his experience as a selected playwright seeing his play Connection move towards its world premiere at the festival. You can read David’s 2017 festival blog by clicking here.