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, and at Penobscot Theatre’s 51 Main Street space in Bangor on May 6.
This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Maine novelist, playwright, and teacher Elaine Ford. Ms. Ford (1938-2017) was the author of seven books of fiction, including This Time Might Be Different: Stories of Maine, published in March. A professor at the University of Maine for 19 years, she lived in Milbridge and, later, Harpswell. A late venturer into playwriting, Ford had plays performed as part of the festival in 2016 and 2017. You can read more about Elaine Ford and her work here.