Maine Playwrights Festival

MPF Splat Pen

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 18th 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 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, dramaturgs, and designers, working with the 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 from April 25 to May 4, 2019, and at Penobscot Theatre’s 51 Main Street space in Bangor on May 5th.

Festival Selections for the 2019 Festival have been announced!

The six scripts produced as part of this year’s festival will be:
O’Hare – Gate A4 by Eddie Adelman
The Store by Travis G. Baker
Elvis and the Swear Can by Danie Connolly
Gloria Anderson by Kevin O’Leary
Mister Puddles’ Last Adventure by Thomas Spurr
Willy’s Excellent Adventure by David Susman

Interested in auditioning for the 2019 Maine Playwrights Festival?

Acorn Productions is holding open auditions on January 26 & 27 for all roles in the festival.
For more information or to sign-up for an audition slot, click here.