Congratulations to third-year MFA playwright Cayenne Douglass, whose short play Variable Rates of Kindness was named a finalist for the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting! Additional congrats to Boston Theater Marathon playwrights Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich and John Minigan, who also made the final list.
Congratulations to third-year MFA playwright Caity-Shea Violette, whose short play Slow Jam is one of six plays selected as winners of this year's Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival!
Playwright alum MJ Halberstadt's new play, The Usual Unusual, has launched as a seven-part podcast. The play was commissioned by SpeakEasy Stage as part of the theatre's new works initiative The Boston Project. Listen
BPT Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass and Adjunct Assistant Professor Melinda Lopez have plays featured in Huntington Theatre Company's new audio series Dream Boston, which asked playwrights to "imagine their favorite locations, landmarks, and friends in a future Boston, when we can once again meet and thrive in our city." Listen
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about performance. Well…really all my life since I am a performer, but right now I’m thinking in more academic terms. The department where I work at Bates College is currently working through ideas and thoughts about the theory of performance and how it works with in our own pedagogical approaches. (I get giddy every time I get to use the word “pedagogical.” Not sure why.) There are two standard definitions of “performance.” One is “an act of staging or presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment. The other is “the action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function.” You might notice that definition one is a part of definition two, but definition two is not necessarily definition one. (I probably didn’t have to point that out, but it makes me feel smarter when I do.) As a performer based in the first definition, I try hard to make people forget that they are watching the first, but simply experiencing the second. That is the whole concept behind making theatre a mirror unto society. More
For our current and future students, and alumni of Boston University’s Playwriting Program:
We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
We grieve for the lives lost to police violence.
We support peaceful protest here in Boston, Minneapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, and across the United States and the world.
We hear you.
Kate Snodgrass, Ronán Noone, Gary Garrison, Melinda Lopez
Faculty, Boston University, Playwriting
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
—Howard Zinn (beloved friend of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre)
The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, only the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of similar incidents, has once again highlighted the systemic racism and injustice in our society. Time and again, law enforcement personnel—representatives of our government—kill black and brown people with nearly universal impunity. These long-standing injustices have understandably boiled over into protest, some of the most widespread in the history of this nation.
Prof. Zinn goes on to say with great foreshadowing: “…when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress.”
Speak out together, we must. As a theatre whose mission is the creation and nurturing of new plays, we are committed to bringing new voices to our community and to the world. We will not be “neutral on a moving train.” We are a family of artists who feel the need, now more than ever, to listen to and learn from those who are most affected by the systemic racism in this city and country.
In that spirit, we will be using our platform in this moment to amplify the voices in our community that are systematically and often institutionally marginalized. We’ll start this week with BPT alumnus Cliff Odle.
We also encourage all of our friends and supporters to donate to the following organizations if you are able to do so:
We see you, and we hear you. Black Lives Matter.
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
Congratulations to Billy Meleady, who won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for his turn in Ronán Noone’s the smuggler!