Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

Home of New Plays in Boston

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre 33rd 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 2014–2015 Season
*We are part of the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Reconsidering Hanna(h)

Hanna, a brutally blunt international journalist, is struggling to come to terms with her husband’s violent death. After accepting a seemingly tame assignment, she becomes increasingly obsessed with uncovering the history of another Hannah: the infamous Hannah Duston who was kidnapped by a Native American raiding party in 1697. Soon the stories of the two Hanna(h)s begin to merge into a single portrait of a smart woman, torn from the only world she knows, who crosses the line between civilization and her own wilderness.


Boston Playwrights' Theatre 949 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215


Barlow Adamson*, Kippy Goldfarb*, Caroline Lawton*, and Celeste Oliva* as Hanna(h).

Chosen Child

Three generations of mothers and memories combine to change the fate of a schizophrenic man at the Port Authority Bus Terminal as he waits for a sister he hardly knows, to fulfill an agreement that was never made. Adoption, desertion, and forgiveness—all this makes up a family. What are the ties that bind?


Boston Playwrights' Theatre 949 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215


Margaret Ann Brady*, Lee Mikeska Gardner*, Melissa Jesser, Lewis D. Wheeler*, and Debra Wise* as Donna.

Uncle Jack

In this modern-day retelling of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Uncle Jack, his niece Sonya, and his British brother-in-law Derek struggle to save their small summer theatre company in the Berkshires…and the company’s looming demise causes old wounds to bleed afresh. Jack fires a keepsake pistol, Derek runs for cover, and hearts are broken. A comedy of Chekhovian proportions!

A co-production with the Boston Center for American Performance


Boston University Theatre Lane-Comley Studio 210 264 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115


Nancy E. Carroll*, Maria DeCotis, Michael Kaye*, Madeleine Lambert*, Will Lyman*, Timothy Spears, and John Kooi* as Uncle Jack.

@Play Festival of New Work

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting season-long celebration of new plays by our MFA playwrights from the class of 2015:

She Eats Apples by Stephanie K. Brownell | October 10-15, 2014
Broken by William Carter | December 6-10, 2014
Sickle by Abbey Fenbert | February 18-22, 2015
Restricted by Danyele Brickner | February 25-March 1, 2015
Equal Writes by Phil Schroeder | April 15-19, 2015

No reservations needed for these FREE events.


Venue details vary; click on the title of each play for more information.

Boston Theater Marathon XVII

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 XVII 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