This year’s festival takes place from April 24 to May 7, 2017
The Maine Playwrights Festival is now in its 16th 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. The productions will feature collaborations between playwrights, actors, directors, dramaturgs, and designers during a focused rehearsal period in March and April 2017.
The Maine Playwrights Festival is 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 Portland Ballet Studio Theater on Forest Ave. in Portland, April 27 to May 6, 2017.
Playwrights may each submit one script, 8-30 minutes in length, for consideration in the 2016 Festival.
Playwrights whose scripts are chosen to be part of the festival will have extensive opportunities to revise their plays over a series of meetings with Acorn’s artistic staff and with the 2017 guest professional playwright in residence. Playwrights will also take part in public work-in-progress readings with the other selected writers, and will be an integral part of their play’s rehearsal process working with the director, dramaturg, and actors. Several playwrights whose work is not selected for inclusion in the full festival will also be offered the opportunity to workshop their plays and have them shared in an evening of dramatic readings at the Portland Ballet Studio Theater just prior to the festival week.
All short plays performed in the festival will be fully staged with set, lighting, costumes, and sound. All playwrights whose work is selected to be part of the Maine Playwrights Festival will receive extensive exposure for their piece through Acorn’s marketing of the festival, and will retain full rights for future performance of scripts.
The Submission Deadline for the 2017 Maine Playwrights Festival is December 2, 2016