Category: boston theatre

Improper’s “Drama Queen”

June 30th, 2017 in Alums, Blog, boston theatre, Melinda Lopez


Photo: Adam Detour

The Improper Bostonian included “multihyphenate talent” Melinda Lopez on its annual list of “Boston’s Best.” This alum and assistant professor is one of our favorite multihyphenates too!

Neill’s ‘Don’t Give Up the Ship’

February 10th, 2017 in Blog, boston theatre, Laura Neill, new plays

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Best wishes to first-year MFA student Laura Neill and our friends at Fresh Ink Theatre on this opening night of Don't Give Up the Shipwhich runs through Feb. 24!

‘Windowmen’ awarded Outstanding New Script at last night’s Norties

May 20th, 2014 in Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, boston theatre, Elliot Norton Awards, Steve Barkhimer, Windowmen

Ryan Landry presents the award for Outstanding New Script to Steven Barkhimer

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees at last night's Elliot Norton Awards, but especially to Steven Barkhimer, whose Windowmen was awarded Outstanding New Script! Windowmen lead Alex Pollock received the Outstanding Actor award in the Small or Fringe category for his performance...and also for his stage turns in Company One's The Flick and Gloucester Stage Company's This Is Our Youth.

BTM XVI’s One-Minute Sprints

March 31st, 2014 in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XVI, boston theatre, short plays

The Dramatists Guild New England and Boston Playwrights' Theatre are co-hosting the One-Minute Sprints as part of the annual Boston Theater Marathon (BTM) weekend.

What’s a One-Minute Sprint? It’s a one-minute play on the theme of “TIME IS RUNNING OUT” that will be read by four very talented Bostonian actors(two men, two women). It’s great fun and a chance to hear many different voices.

WHAT | The One-Minute Sprints (a.k.a. one-minute plays) as part of the BTM Warm-Up Laps readings at the Boston Theater Marathon
WHEN | Saturday, May 10, 2014
WHERE | The Calderwood Pavilion, Deane Rehearsal Hall (2nd Floor)
Beginning Saturday, April 5, submissions will be accepted on a first-come-first served basis for thirty (30) one-minute plays to be presented prior to the Warm-Up Laps readings at the Calderwood Theatre on Saturday, May 10, as part of the Boston Theater Marathon events. The one-minute play readings (a.k.a. The One-Minute Sprints) will be read by professional actors beginning at 11:50 a.m., 1:50 p.m., and 3:50 p.m. before each full-length play reading.

Submissions will be accepted on April 5 beginning at midnight, sent to Hortense Gerardo AND Kate Snodgrass with the subject header: ONE MINUTE SPRINTS – YOUR LAST NAME to:

Playwrights will be notified when their plays have been selected.
Only one submission per playwright, please.
Running time no longer than one-minute.
Cast no larger than 4: two female and two male actors will be available for the readings.
There will be no set, no props, and no stage directions will be read.

Afterwards, we will repair to the Beehive Bar at 6 p.m. for hors d-oeuvres courtesy of the Dramatists Guild. Please RSVP to for the Beehive event so that we have enough food! For directions to The Beehive:

We look forward to seeing your Sprints!

Kind regards,
Hortense Gerardo
Regional Representative - BOSTON
The Dramatists Guild of America

Now, a blizzard of short plays: #1MPF is here!

January 3rd, 2014 in Alums, Blog, Boston One-Minute Play Festival, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, boston theatre

We hope you’re planning to join us this weekend for The 3rd Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival. Here’s a little information round-up, so that you’re ready for an exciting weekend.

Show dates and times:
Saturday, Jan. 4; Sunday, Jan. 5; Monday, Jan. 6. Curtain is at 8 p.m. for all performances.

If you don’t have tickets yet, buy them now online or by calling (866) 811-4111. Tomorrow night's show (Jan. 4) is SOLD OUT, so buy your tickets now.

Live stream:
Tell your far-flung friends and fans that Monday night’s performance will be live streamed (and archived) on HowlRound's New Play TV!

1MPF Web site:
The 1MPF site has lots of good reading about the one-minute play experience, so make sure you check it out for additional information about the event.

This blog:
Archived posts -- parts one and two -- of our Q&A with 1MPF Founder Dominic D'Andrea.

Globe feature:
Check it out right here. 

Use #1MPF (and #newplay) to spread the word and continue the conversation after the show!

Facebook event:

Halberstadt’s ‘notJENNY’

December 6th, 2013 in Alums, Blog, boston theatre, MJ Halberstadt


Tuttle’s ‘August and Autumn’

November 30th, 2013 in Alums, Blog, boston theatre, Brian Tuttle


Third annual Boston #1MPF

November 20th, 2013 in Blog, Boston One-Minute Play Festival, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, boston theatre, new plays, short plays

Time flies -- The 3rd Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival will be here before we know it! More on this very soon, but in the meantime here's the official press release:
The One-Minute Play Festival (Dominic D’Andrea, Producing Artistic Director) and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director) continue their dynamic partnership with the The 3rd Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival, with part of the proceeds to benefit BPT’s artist residency programming.  

The 3rdAnnual Boston One-Minute Play Festival will be presented on Saturday, Jan 4, Sunday, Jan 5, and Monday, Jan 6–all at 8 p.m. at BPT  (949 Commonwealth Ave ). Tickets are $20 and available for purchase at 866-811-4111 and

The performance on Sunday Jan 5, at 8 p.m., will be livestreamed on’s HowlroundTV at 

One-minute plays by over 50 established and emerging Boston area playwrights were commissioned for this special event, prompted by #1MPF’s unique playmaking process.  This year’s festival will feature works by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Jack Neary, Elisabeth Burdick, Steven Bogart, Bill Doncaster, Stephen Faria, Peter Floyd, Patrick Gabridge, Deirdre Girard, Rosanna Alfaro, Kirsten Greenidge, Israel Horovitz, Colleen Hughes, Dan Hunter, Emily Lazzaro, Christopher Lockheardt, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Walt McGough, James McLindon, Rick Park, John Shea, Matt Mayerchak, Donna Sorbello, Mwalim *7 (MJ Peters), Heather Houston, Thom Dunn, Michael Bradford, Eleanor Burgess, David Valdes Greenwood, Tyler Monroe, Nina Louise Morrison, Lindsay Soson, Noah Tobin, Lila Rose Kaplan, Ginger Lazarus, Joyce Van Dyke, Obehi Janice, Clifford Odle, Cliff Blake, Robbi D'Allessandro, Mary Conroy, Shari D. Frost, Steve Barkhimer, Karmo Sanders, Payne Ratner, Terrence Kidd, Cassie M Seinuk, Ceelia Raker, James Ferguson, Jess Foster, John Greiner-Ferris, Fiona Kyle, Laura Neubauer, Max Mondi, Mike Meadors, & MJ Halberstadt. 

Directed by Jeff Mosser, Anna Trachtman, Caitlin Lowans, Hatem Adell, James Peter Sotis, Lucy Gram, Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Megan Muller, Sam Lassman, & Vicki Schairer

The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director Dominic D’Andrea . #1MPF is a barometer project that investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus-building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different ages, genders, races, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives to support. The goal is to find ways to give back to the artists in each community directly. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, teaching artists working in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, and community arts workshops. Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in close to 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor's Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog, Salvage Vanguard, ScriptWorks, ACT, Perseverance Theatre, and others.  

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, José Rivera, Israel Horovitz, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & close to 600 famous, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit:

Kate to discuss God of Carnage

September 19th, 2013 in Alums, Blog, boston theatre, Kate Snodgrass

Tonight, Kate is the special guest for the post-play discussion of Elements Theatre Company's God of Carnage...

Expo tomorrow

September 9th, 2013 in Blog, boston theatre, Greater Boston Theatre Expo

BPT will be there. Will you?