Category: Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

Snodgrass receives 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education

May 9th, 2019 in Alums, awards, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, boston university, Kate Snodgrass

BPT Artistic Director and MFA Program Director Kate Snodgrass was among those honored on May 8 during the final faculty meeting of the year. Dean Stan Sclaroff and Acting Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies Arianne Chernock honored the winners of this year’s CAS teaching awards.

“Professor Snodgrass has helped make BU the premiere site for graduate training in playwriting that it is today. Professor Snodgrass’s students praise her for her honest feedback, eagerness to treat them as peers, and tireless efforts to help them realize their professional ambitions. Yet what truly distinguishes Professor Snodgrass’s teaching is her commitment to community-building.”

Congratulations, Kate!

When the Rubber Meets the Road

March 6th, 2019 in Alums, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Dramatists Guild, Gary Garrison, Kate Snodgrass, new plays

We are honored to be featured in the new issue of The Dramatist, in a piece written by Visiting Professor of Playwriting Gary Garrison:

I've written three fan letters in my life: one to the Monkees when I was ten years old (I had a mad crush on Micky Dolenz), one to Lucille Ball when I was fourteen years old and now at a considerably older age, this article-as-fan-letter to Kate Snodgrass and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) at Boston University. Having lived as long as I have and worked in a variety of academic/professional training programs, I know how training programs in the arts should be, what they should focus on pedagogically, how they should train writers (or actors, designers, directors), what their faculty should be and how they should prepare their artists for the career ahead of them—all this while maneuvering big dreams through limited resources. So, what distinguishes BPT from similar training programs (those found at Brown, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Northwestern and the University of Texas, for example)?

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This article originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of The Dramatist.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre: When the Rubber Meets the Road

March 6th, 2019 in Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Dramatists Guild, Gary Garrison, Kate Snodgrass, new plays, News & Press

From the March/April 2019 issue of The Dramatist

I've written three fan letters in my life: one to the Monkees when I was ten years old (I had a mad crush on Micky Dolenz), one to Lucille Ball when I was fourteen years old and now at a considerably older age, this article-as-fan-letter to Kate Snodgrass and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) at Boston University. Having lived as long as I have and worked in a variety of academic/professional training programs, I know how training programs in the arts should be, what they should focus on pedagogically, how they should train writers (or actors, designers, directors), what their faculty should be and how they should prepare their artists for the career ahead of them—all this while maneuvering big dreams through limited resources. So, what distinguishes BPT from similar training programs (those found at Brown, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Northwestern and the University of Texas, for example)?

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Playwright Kira Rockwell on ‘The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood’ (part 2)

October 16th, 2018 in 2018/2019 Season, Alums, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Kira Rockwell, new plays, The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood

Girlhood cast members Stephanie Castillo and Danielle Palmer (Photo: Kalman Zabarsky)

Part two of production dramaturg Eliana Pipes' conversation with The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood playwright Kira Rockwell about her play, writing, process, and what’s next.

On the cover page [of the script], you call The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood a poetic drama; how do you see the role of poetry in this piece?
I am really inspired by the works of Naomi Wallace, who writes these gritty dramas about the working class and she always finds a way to bring out the poetry in their circumstances. In Girlhood, there’s poetry to be heard in the way the girls think, feel, and speak. The play deals with heightened emotions and aims to break through any defense mechanism to get below the surface.

Even though we never see them directly on stage, church and therapy are major and mandatory parts of these girls’ lives. How do you think those institutions affect the play?
At the age most the girls in Girlhood find themselves, you’re still trying to figure out how your body works, and where you fit into the world, but then you have these adults, mostly with good intentions, who try to spoon-feed you the answers to life that will fix all of your problems. They say things like, “If I had known this at your age, things would have been very different for me.” I think both church and therapy are very personal journeys, but when you’re a teenager, you aren’t really allowed to make decisions for yourself on that scale, and sometimes those things become more harmful than helpful. More

Thank you…

May 7th, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston Theater Marathon, Boston Theater Marathon XX, Deirdre Girard, Gary Garrison, Hortense Gerardo, Jack Neary, Jack Welch, Kate Snodgrass, Kirsten Greenidge, Laura Neill, luchadore, Melinda Lopez, Michael Towers, new plays, Pat Gabridge, Peter Floyd, Robert Brustein, Ronan Noone, Rosanna Yamagiwa, short plays

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...to everyone who made Boston Theater Marathon XX possible! See you next year!

Poster for ‘The Rosenbergs’

April 12th, 2018 in 2017/2018 Season, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Brandeis University

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Students experience BPT “from page to stage”

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)

We will miss you, Jack Welch

November 16th, 2017 in Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston Theater Marathon, Jack Welch

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Jack at Boston Theater Marathon XIV with Ann Baker (next to him) and Kristin Baker (foreground). Photo: Julie Hennrikus (http://bit.ly/2A51ELd)

The deadline for submissions to Boston Theater Marathon XX was last night. Each year, the scripts we receive to consider for inclusion in our signature annual event mark the exciting beginning of a collaborative process that doesn't end until the curtain comes down on the BTM's final play at 10 p.m. sharp. This year, we move into these preparations without our most stalwart supporter, Jack Welch. From Kate: More

Welcome Jeffrey!

July 1st, 2017 in Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Jeffrey Petersen

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We are thrilled to welcome a new member to the BPT family, Technical Director and Production Manager Jeffrey Petersen! You may remember his set designs for The Honey Trap, Equal Writes, and Restricted. Read all about this amazing person here.

L-R: Jeffrey Petersen, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Marc Olivere, Kate Snodgrass, and Jake Strautmann after Boston Theater Marathon XIX

L-R: Jeffrey Petersen, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Marc Olivere, Kate Snodgrass, and Jake Strautmann after Boston Theater Marathon XIX

Happy retirement, Marc

June 30th, 2017 in Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston Theater Marathon XIX, Marc Olivere, new plays

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L-R: K. Alexa Mavromatis, Marc Olivere, Kate Snodgrass, and Jake Strautmann after Boston Theater Marathon XIX

The end of June and the end of an era: Today marks Marc Olivere's last day with BPT as Technical Director. "Thank you" seems such a puny phrase after 23 years of amazing work. We love you so much Marc, and we'll miss you!