Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

Home of New Plays in Boston

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre 35th 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 2016–2017 Season
*We are part of the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Second Sunday Reading Series

Please join Erbaluce for its Second Sunday Reading Series in the upstairs dining room of Bay Village restaurant Erbaluce. On the second Sunday of each month a new play by a local playwright is read, using actors from the local 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!

Special note from BPT Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass:

Mark your calendars because December is different!

We will be reading on the FIRST Sunday of the month of December. Please come, and bring your friends. This will be our last reading at Erbaluce unfortunately. Erbaluce must close due to construction in their building, and we are heartbroken. If and when they start up again, I will let you know. Thanks for being a part of bringing new plays to life!

The next event is on December 2 at 7 p.m.:

Knock Down, Drag Out
by Rick Park

Developers want to tear down Antoine’s, Boston’s only drag bar, in order to build some high-rise condos. Zonna, who has been performing at the club for 2/3 of her life, has other ideas. After being visited by the ghost of her drag mother Crystal Crawford, Zonna bands her drag queen sisters Ivanka (the club’s 70-year-old bartender and former chanteuse), Mx (a gender fluid college kid) and Sharia Law (a hardscrabble queen who has fought for everything she’s got) and stages a “drag in,” where they will live in the club to protest its demolition, while fending off their neighbor, Mrs. Chao, an 80-year-old Chinese woman who is on a permanent neighborhood watch, as well as the gentrification of the neighborhood they all love.

YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT reservations@erbaluce-boston.com.

Venue:

Erbaluce 69 Church Street Boston, MA 02116

Winter People

Every winter in the Hamptons, locals live in the shadow of the summer people’s empty mansions. When one of those mansions erupts in flames, tensions rise with the smoke, and five families struggle to protect their own. Lives and dreams hang in the balance, and secrets flourish in this mysterious and keenly observed whodunit.

A BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Venue:

Boston Playwrights' Theatre 949 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215

Laughs in Spanish

It’s Art Basel and the stakes are high for the gallery Mariana runs in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami. And when Mariana’s movie-star mother tries to help out, things get even more complicado. A fast paced, cafecíto-induced comedy about art and success—and mothers and daughters—and learning to love the people we can’t change.

A BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

 

Note: Laughs in Spanish was formerly titled Wynwood.

 

Venue:

Boston Playwrights' Theatre 949 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215

Dead House

In Bone Flat, Pennsylvania, the high school community is plunged into shock and grief following the death of a beloved varsity football player. The arrival of new student Merle provides closure for those in mourning. It’s when Merle’s interest demands more than just a shoulder to cry on that things start to get dangerous—but for whom?

A BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Venue:

Boston Playwrights' Theatre 949 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215

The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood

Life is difficult when you’re forced to raise yourself in the shadow of the System. After the suicide of their housemate Amber, five teenage girls in a Texas residential care facility combat their grief in five different ways. A wise and discerning exploration of young women facing an all-too-common crisis.

A BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Venue:

Boston Playwrights' Theatre 949 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215