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 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 we are also planning for another one-night-only performance in Eastern Maine

The Submission Deadline for the 2019 Maine Playwrights Festival is:
Monday, November 26, 2018

Click here to download an application for the 2019 Maine Playwrights Festival