Category: Boston Theater Marathon XXI

Mavromatis’s ‘Stew’ one of The Seven

June 6th, 2019 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXI, K. Alexa Mavromatis, new plays, short plays

Happy opening to K. Alexa Mavromatis and FUSION Theatre Company, where Alexa’s short play Stew was selected as a winner of the annual short works festival The Seven.

Voices of BTM XXI: Andrew Siañez-De La O

May 17th, 2019 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXI, new plays, short plays

Playwright Andrew Siañez-De La O

Tell us a little about your play.

Visions of an Eagle atop a Cactus eating a Snake is a small play that confronts a big question. How do you teach your child about the border? In this case, the play focuses on a father, once a border crosser himself, trying to explain immigration to his daughter by grounding it in the myths of their ancestors.

What made you want to tell this story?

The U.S.-Mexico border has always been a part of my life having grown up a block away from the fence in El Paso, Texas. The recent surge in public interest and media scrutiny of the border these past few years, while important, often lacks ways to contextualize it for younger viewers, especially those that see themselves in the asylum seekers. I wanted to tell a story that asserts the importance of having these conversations with children by showing one such conversation. More

Voices of BTM XXI: Eliana Pipes

May 16th, 2019 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXI, Eliana Pipes, new plays, short plays

Playwright Eliana Pipes

Tell us a little about your play.

Stiletto Envy follows Shaun and Melanie, two childhood friends who reunite for a secret meeting in their senior year of high school. I’ll do my best not to spoil the twist, but when the meeting takes an unexpected turn, Melanie is forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing might be at odds with her heart.

What made you want to tell this story?

I’ll safeguard my twist again here—but I will say that this is a play about gender identity and love, and what it means to try and reach out to someone before you have the words to describe your identity. For me this play really centers around showcasing a pair that are full of heart, so meant for each other, and so afraid of the world. I wanted to tell this story to put some tenderness out into the world. More

Voices of BTM XXI: Danyele Brickner

May 15th, 2019 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXI, Danyele Brickner, new plays, short plays

Playwright Danyele Brickner

Tell us a little about your play.

The Premature Burial is a dark comedy about a neurotic man who is convinced he is going to be buried alive, and his wife who has been dealing with his fear for decades. It is loosely based on the short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe.

What made you want to tell this story?

I love bringing comedy to macabre subjects, so modernizing and adding humor to a classic American gothic short story was fun for me. My senior thesis for my undergraduate degree was on Poe, so I’m very familiar with not only this particular story, but also his work as a whole. That made it easy for me to determine what differentiates us as writers and how to best make the story my own. I also loved writing the characters because they’re hilariously larger than life, and who doesn’t love that? More

Voices of BTM XXI: Cliff Odle

May 14th, 2019 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXI, Cliff Odle, new plays, short plays

Playwright Cliff Odle

Tell us about your play.

The play is about the relationship between a father and daughter. Although ten minutes, it covers several years of their lives in three stages using an annual trip to a National Park garnet mining site as a frame for showing how this relationship develops.

What made you want to tell this story?

The story had been fermenting in my brain since my family took a trip to Northern Idaho and the Emerald Creek Garnet mine where they let you dig for star garnets after you pay a nominal fee. The trip was a reunion for members of my late wife’s family. It would be their last reunion before she passed away after a three-year long battle against cancer. Although I won’t call this a biographical story, I did cannibalize parts of my life for the plot. I made sure to use the tastiest parts only. More

Voices of BTM XXI: Marisa Smith

May 13th, 2019 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXI, new plays, short plays

Playwright Marisa Smith

Tell us a little about your play.

It started out as a daydream after I read yet again another account of a theater/film producer/director accused of inappropriate or criminal conduct.

What made you want to tell this story?

The desire to explore a very specific subject (a controversial, highly charged subject) from a couple of perspectives.

What interests you in the ten-minute format?

I love that you have to tell an entire story with a beginning, middle, and end and have a little surprise at the end. More

BTM XXI Schedule of Plays

May 10th, 2019 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXI, new plays, short plays

Here is the running order, hour by hour, of plays in next Sunday’s (May 19) Boston Theater Marathon XXI. Make a day of it, drop by for a few hours—whatever strikes your fancy. Your all-day pass ($25 in advance; $39 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!

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The Door by Peter M. Floyd/imaginary beasts
The Kitty Bomb by Kevin Daly/Moonbox Productions
Everything Goes Awry by John Bowker/Open Theatre Project
The Interview by Alan Brody/Underground Railway Theater
Locker Room Talk by John J King/Israeli Stage More

Plays and playwrights of BTM XXI

March 12th, 2019 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXI, new plays, short plays

Here is the official list of playwrights and plays selected for Boston Theater Marathon XXI—mark your calendar for Sunday, May 19!

Sorry Ass Block Party by Cynthia Faith Arsenault and Jeni Mahoney

To Talk Turkey by Daniel Blanda

The Men’s Room by Steven Bogart

Everything Goes Awry by John Bowker

Diagnosis by Charles Bradley More