Category: Boston Theater Marathon XX

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!

Voices of BTM XX: Bill Lattanzi

May 5th, 2018 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX, new plays, short plays

Bill_LattanziTell us a little bit about your play.

This is a weird little piece. I’m not sure how it started, but what it’s turned into is an attempt to conjure and reckon with the persistent, particular feeling of unease brought on by the Trump disaster. So, naturally, jokes… and something more, I hope. There are three characters under pressure, and a dancer who moves in and out of the action, silent, maybe trying to communicate something that’s impossible to put into words.

What interests you about the ten-minute format?

I love the unpredictability of it, the chance to get inside the ten-minute box and bounce all kinds of theatrical ideas around. I’m no poet, but there’s something about the concision required that pushes in the direction of poetry. “Get it out into that poetic country,” Sam Shepard said. For me, anyway, that means messing with the format, and avoiding the two-people-talking-who-have-a-conflict scene. The ten-minute, like a poem, wants a good image, I think. It also can be like a pop song, a lot of energy and feeling compressed in a tight package that moves fast. Last year, I made a kind of meta-fictional play, straight comedy, that was a hoot for me. About a writer trying to write a play, it flipped in on itself about four or five times in ten minutes. It’s the speed of the thing that makes it work. More

Voices of BTM XX: Melinda Lopez

May 4th, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX, new plays, short plays

melindalopezTell us a little bit about your play.

My short play is a sneak peek into the world of egg donation and the market that has sprung up around it. Two women, a donor and her ‘agent’ spar over fees, contract issues, future liability and SAT scores—while coming to an agreement for a high-income client. It’s drawn—of course from the science and business of fertility—but it’s wry, a little extreme, and also draws on my experience as an artist, selling my ‘product’ and negotiating with my agent. Is it about the money? Or creating life?

What interests you about the ten-minute format?

What doesn’t? It’s fast, it leans towards the comic, it’s all crisis and climax and then it’s over! Shorter than jumping out of an airplane. More

Voices of BTM XX: Laura Neill

May 3rd, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX, new plays, short plays

Laura_NeillTell us a little bit about your play.

In We the Sisters, Becky approaches her old sorority sister Lara—who is now a Congresswoman—to convince her to vote "no" on the latest healthcare repeal bill. Long story short, things get ugly quickly.

I'm pretty sure everyone can guess why I wrote this play—our country is in turmoil and has been for a while, and the multiple attempts at Obamacare repeal shook everyone with a pre-existing condition to their core. I imagined what might happen if someone got fed up with making calls to their senators' voicemails and came up with a more personal strategy...and maybe some less above-board tactics.

What interests you about the ten-minute format?

 There's room for one story, and one story only, and if it's a drama, it has to grab folks, bring them to the edge of a cliff, and tip them over it in ten minutes. There's no room for anything else. I'm particularly interested in the two-character ten-minute format, because it boils everything down to the conflict and relationship between those two characters. It's playwriting at its leanest and meanest.
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Voices of BTM XX: Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro

May 3rd, 2018 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX, new plays, short plays

Rosanna_Yamagiwa_AlfaroTell us a little bit about your play.

An addict of the Rachel Maddow and Stephen Colbert shows, I felt like writing a political monologue of my own: in a Trumpian rant a vicious old woman lashes out against her neighbors in a cul-de-sac, including eight-year-old Mexican twins, a gay couple, and her ex-husband.

What interests you about the ten-minute format?

It was fun rehearsing and rewriting with Daniel Gidron (director) and Stephanie Clayman (actor) in my living room. I wrote short stories before plays so I enjoy the fact that, unlike a full-length, a ten-minute play can be written in one fell swoop and then polished to within an inch of its life. I also like the fact that it is ten times longer than a one-minute play. More

Voices of BTM XX: Michael Towers

May 2nd, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX, new plays, short plays

Michael_TowersTell us a little bit about your play.

Hatched is a walk on the beach. It’s a delicate intervention between an uncle and his niece. Most importantly, it’s a play that challenges us to find the significance and beauty every life.

What interests you about the ten-minute format?

Just as the ten-minute play is a manageable form for the audience to ingest; it’s equally manageable for the playwright to realize, which is very rewarding. A single sitting can yield a whole play with weight and purpose and meaning and value.

What’s next for you as a playwright (or actor, producer, etc.)?

As always, I’m juggling a lot of projects: looking to complete and produce a collection of short plays as well tinkering away on several full works. More

BTM XX Schedule of Plays

April 30th, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX, new plays, short plays

BTMXX_BTSHere is the running order, hour by hour, of plays in Sunday’s (May 6) Boston Theater Marathon XX. Make a day of it, drop by for a few hours—whatever strikes your fancy. 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. See you there!

12-1 PM
OFF THE RAILS by Bill Lattanzi, New Repertory Theatre
STILL by Miranda ADEkoje, Our Place Theatre Project
VIRTUOUS REALITY by Hortense Gerardo, Gloucester Stage Company
BIRDHOUSES by Sean Crawford, Cohasset Dramatic Club
AFTER CLASS by Andrea Fleck Clardy, Fort Point Theatre Channel

1-2 PM
ORAL REPORT (BTMI) by Jack Neary, Acting Out Productions
HATCHED by Michael Towers, Emerson Stage
EL OSO by Alexis Scheer, Off the Grid Theatre Company
DYING BACKWARDS by Scott McCrea, Tide Taken Productions
A LITTLE NIGHT STAND MUSIC by Cassie M. Seinuk, Lyric Stage Company of Boston More

Theatres of BTM XX

April 12th, 2018 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX

ACTING OUT PRODUCTIONS

ACTORS’ SHAKESPEARE PROJECT

ACTORS STUDIO OF NEWBURYPORT

AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER

BATTLEGROUND STATE More

Plays and playwrights of BTM XX

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