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.

Memorial

When her “untraditional” memorial is selected to commemorate Vietnam veterans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., 21-year-old architect Maya Lin finds herself defending it to the veterans, the United States Congress, and even her own parents. As the opposition to her design gains momentum, Maya must make a difficult choice. Should art challenge the way we honor the fallen?

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

Venue:

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

Faithless

Two generations of an Irish-American family gather in a hospital waiting room while awaiting the passing of their family matriarch. But when black sheep Skip unexpectedly returns, decades of baggage surface. A funny and moving look at family, faith, and forgiveness.

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

Venue:

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

The Atheist

Augustine Early, a crooked journalist, has made an art of clawing his way up the professional ladder. When he turns a politician’s tawdry predilections into front-page news, the scandal threatens to undo the one person he thought was immune. A searing and hilarious play about the perfect headline, whatever the cost.

Venue:

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

The Honey Trap

When two off-duty British soldiers go for a drink on the outskirts of Belfast in 1979, they meet two local girls. What seems like a typical night at the pub turns into something much darker. Decades later, reliving that night for an oral history project, Dave reopens old wounds that send him back to Belfast in search of answers and revenge. An Irish tragedy.

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

Venue:

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

Franklin

The Franklin expedition to the Arctic in 1845 sought the Northwest Passage and instead found ice, starvation, and insanity. The ship was never found. Modern-day underwater archeologist Caroline has been searching for three years, but time is running out. Two crews, two ships, and one 200-year-old mystery.

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

Venue:

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

Every Piece of Me

When Aine returns home to Ireland to introduce her American fiancé to her family, she finds her younger sister pregnant, her mother still over-controlling, and her father suffering from a bad heart. Her departure might have been the cause, but some wounds never heal. A play about guilt, mercy, and the power of love.

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

Venue:

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