Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

Home of New Plays in Boston

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre 34th Season
Welcome to Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the professional wing of our Graduate Playwriting Program at Boston University.* We produce plays by alumni of our Playwriting Program (and of Boston University faculty and staff) only, and our mission is to serve our writers’  theatrical visions, to guide them into their first productions. We work with talented professionals in all aspects of our productions. Plus, our playwrights are a gifted cadre of theatre artists, and their awards and productions speak to this. Talented alumni continue to write for theaters across the nation and overseas, so explore our website to learn more about them and our current and past professional seasons of new works.
Our 2015–2016 Season
*We are part of the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Second Sunday Play Reading Series

Please join Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Erbaluce for our Second Sunday Play Reading Series in the upstairs dining room of Erbaluce. On the second Sunday of each month we read a new play by a local playwright, using professional actors from the Boston theatre community. The excellent (and FREE) hors d’oeuvres offered by Chef Charles Draghi are reason enough to be there, but these plays are still in flux and their talented playwrights welcome your smart feedback on what you’ve heard!

Please join us for our next event on September 13:

Maura Dunne
by Aidan Parkinson
Maura Dunne adopts the killer of her fourteen-year-old son. As if forgiving were not challenge enough, she finds herself having to endure more and yet more as her sanity is tested and her behavior questioned. This drama traces the spiritual growth of a maverick woman who has had enough of easy vengeance and stray violence. By the Dublin playwright/actor and novelist Parkinson (BPT alumnus), author of Queen of Swords and the novel Naked Mommy.

The reading begins at 7 p.m.

YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT or by calling 617-426-6969.


Erbaluce 69 Church Street Boston, MA 02116


When Texas billionaire Seymour Sackeroff is in need of some forgiveness, he goes straight to God’s right hand—Dick Cockburn, the Christian televangelist who talks to the Lord on a regular basis—or so he says. But when Cockburn comes to roost in Seymour’s mansion, all Hell breaks loose. A play with music and rhythm from the author of The King of Second Avenue and the Shakespeare Trilogy (The English Channel, Mortal Terror, The Last Will), Exposed takes a ferociously sardonic wink through the lens of Molière’s Tartuffe to lambast contemporary America, the Right, the Left, the NRA, AIPAC, and greed in all its guises.

A BU New Play Initiative Production, co-produced with Boston Center for American Performance.


Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts Wimberly Theatre 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116


Remo Airaldi*, Abigail Goldfarb*, Jeremiah Kissel*, Annette Miller*, Kathy St. George*, and Michael Hammond* as Cockburn

Back the Night

With violence on campus rising to epidemic proportions, Em will have none of it. But when her best friend Cassie gets assaulted, Em makes some unexpected discoveries. Sometimes you do the wrong thing for the right reason.


Boston Playwrights' Theatre 949 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215


Sunny afternoon. Newbury Street. Meeting a friend for coffee. You’re borderline depressed…crappy job, too neurotic to make the first move with a “good pal” co-worker, wallowing in self-pity…and maybe just a little hung-over. Everything is normal. And all at once, everyone you know turns into a rhinoceros. A brand-new adaptation of Eugene Ionesco’s 20th century absurdist masterpiece, reimagined for the 21st.

A co-production with the Suffolk University Theatre Department.



The Modern Theatre 525 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111


Nael Nacer* and Alex Pollock*

Boston Theater Marathon XVIII

For almost two decades, the Boston Theater Marathon has brought together New England playwrights, directors, and theatres to create a day-long event that is fun, moving, and always surprising. The BTM features 50 ten-minute plays, by 50 New England playwrights, produced by 50 New England theatres…in ten hours! We’ll start at noon and wrap up promptly at 10 p.m., with a party to follow.

Your all-day pass ($25 in advance; $35 the day of the event) allows you to come and go as you please. As always, net proceeds from ticket sales to the BTM benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need. We hope you’ll join us!

BTM XVIII is generously supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.



Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston