Playwrights’ Perspective

Theatres of BTM XX

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
April 12th, 2018 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX.

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Playwright Walt McGough on ‘Brawler’

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
March 15th, 2018 in 2017/2018 Season, Alums, Blog, Brawler, new plays, walt mcgough.

walt-mcgough-headshot-webAncient Greece is not the obvious starting point for a play about ice hockey, but that’s where Brawler began, because sometimes playwriting is weird. I read Sophocles’ Ajax in graduate school at BU, in a translation by Bryan Dorries which was specifically geared towards soldiers returning from the Middle East. Dorries’ reasons for such a translation were clear: Sophocles, though most remembered as a dramatist, was a general as well, and because military service was compulsory in Grecian society, his plays were originally performed to audiences full of soldiers. With that in mind, it’s clear that Ajax is not a story about gods and destiny, but about a soldier struggling to survive after a war is over, and feeling abandoned by his commanders once he is no longer useful.

While that interesting bit of trivia rattled around in my brain, I also read something else: a New York Times article about Derek Boogaard, the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers player who, in 2011, died of an accidental overdose of painkillers, and became one of a number of hockey “enforcers” to suffer similar fates in a short timeframe. Here was another story about a warrior cast aside, which caught my interest. Boogaard’s story collided with Ajax’s in my brain, and just like that, a play was born. More

Plays and playwrights of BTM XX

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
March 6th, 2018 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX, new plays, short plays.

Here is the official list of playwrights and plays selected for Boston Theater Marathon XX on Sunday, May 6—mark your calendar!

Still by Miranda ADEkoje

Not A Playground by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro

Ocean View by Raymond Arsenault

Elephant by Brysen O. Boyd

Like it Is by Alan Brody More

Fletcher’s ‘Mapplethorpe’s Flowers’

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
March 2nd, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Gregory Fletcher, new plays, short plays.

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Happy opening to Gregory Fletcher and NYC’s Artistic New Directions Theatre Company’s An Eclectic Evening of Shorts. Greg’s play Mapplethorpe’s Flowers is in the “Briefs” track of the Festival, which runs through March 11.

Poster for ‘Brawler’

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
March 1st, 2018 in 2017/2018 Season, Alums, Blog, Brawler, new plays, walt mcgough.

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McGough’s ‘Non-Player Character’

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
February 7th, 2018 in Alums, Blog, new plays, walt mcgough.

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Happy, happy to Walt McGough and everyone at the San Francisco Playhouse—Non-Player Character has its first performance tonight!

Students experience BPT “from page to stage”

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
February 5th, 2018 in 2017/2018 Season, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Elemeno Pea, Lost Tempo, new plays, Suffolk University.

2017-10-04_LST TEMPO-018.nef Lost Tempo By Cliff Odle. Directed by Diego Arciniegas. October 5-22 Gifted jazz saxophonist Willie “Cool” Jones is lured back from Paris by past-love Babs with the promise of ownership in Mitzy’s Jazz Kitchen, but Cool’s inner demons compete with his ambitions as he tries to make sense of his life. A jazz riff on the addictions from which we all suffer, musical and otherwise.

L-R: Mishell Lilly (background), Omar Robinson, Evelyn Howe (background), and Kinson Theodoris in Cliff Odle’s Lost Tempo (Photo: Kalman Zabarsky)

Richard Chambers’s freshman seminar at Suffolk University offers students the opportunity to read, analyze, and experience local live theatrical performances, including two at BPT last fall—Lost Tempo and Elemeno Pea. Read the full story

It’s so cool picking apart a play and trying to understand it. And then you go and see you’re all wrong, but it’s OK to be wrong. I learned that.”

—Suffolk Student Lindsay Belair

2017-10-31_ELEMENO -008.nef Kalman Zabarsky Photographer ELEMENO PEA by Molly Smith Metzler Directed by: Shana Gozansky November 2-19, 2017 When Devon visits Simone for an end-of- summer sibs fest on Martha’s Vineyard, she finds her little sister changed beyond recognition. As personal assistant to wealthy and demanding trophy wife Michaela Kell, Simone enjoys a lavish beachfront lifestyle that these girls never could have imagined growing up in blue-collar Buffalo—but is all this luxury free of cost? Worlds collide and sisters square off in this keenly-observed comedy about ambition, regret, and the choices that shape who we become. Kalman Zabarsky Photographer

L-R: Lydia Barnett-Mulligan, Amanda Collins (background), and Samantha Richert in Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea (Photo: Kalman Zabarsky)

Rockwell’s ‘Nomad Americana’

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
February 2nd, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Fresh Ink Theatre Company, Kira Rockwell, new plays.

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Happy opening to current MFA student Kira Rockwell and the Nomad Americana team, which runs through Feb. 17 (right here at BPT), produced by Fresh Ink Theatre Company.

Fenbert’s ‘Beck & Clem’

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
January 30th, 2018 in Abbey Fenbert, Alums, Blog, web series.

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Congratulations to Abbey Fenbert, whose new web series Beck & Clem debuts today!

Strautmann named MCC Fellow

By K. Alexa Mavromatis
January 26th, 2018 in Blog, Jake Strautmann, Massachusetts Cultural Council, poetry.

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BPT Managing Director Jacob Strautmann has been named a 2018 Fellow in Poetry by the Mass Cultural Council! Way to go, Jake!