The Maine Playwrights Festival will enter its 18th year this fall 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 will again be co-teaching a fall Playwriting Workshop for writers to prepare scripts for submission. The spring festival will be produced through a collaboration between Maine-based directors, actors, and designers, working with a professional playwright-in-Residence.
The 2019 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, and we are also planning for another one night only performance in Eastern Maine this year.
Details on submissions for the 2019 Festival and a downloadable submission form will appear in this space in August: stay tuned!