Category: short plays
Congratulations to third-year MFA playwright Cayenne Douglass, whose short play Variable Rates of Kindness was named a finalist for the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting! Additional congrats to Boston Theater Marathon playwrights Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich and John Minigan, who also made the final list.
Congratulations to third-year MFA playwright Caity-Shea Violette, whose short play Slow Jam is one of six plays selected as winners of this year's Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival!
BPT Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass and Adjunct Assistant Professor Melinda Lopez have plays featured in Huntington Theatre Company's new audio series Dream Boston, which asked playwrights to "imagine their favorite locations, landmarks, and friends in a future Boston, when we can once again meet and thrive in our city." Listen
Boston Theater Marathon XXII: Special Zoom Edition features readings of ten-minute plays by New England playwrights in collaboration with New England theatres, via the video conferencing tool Zoom. Audiences are encouraged to lend their support to area theatre companies and to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need.
Readings begin on April 2 at 12 noon EDT, and will happen daily through May 17! To join, click on the link below from your computer, phone, or other device. You’ll need the Zoom app to participate (it's free!), and it is recommended you call in a few minutes before “curtain” time.
The cast list for each day's reading will be available on www.BostonPlaywrights.org; theatre links can also be found there and via the Zoom interface itself.
PLEASE VISIT www.BostonPlaywrights.org TO JOIN.
Three Ladybugs by Vicki Meagher
Sponsored by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
Directed by Darren Evans
Atheist Ladybug: Melinda Lopez
Believer Ladybug: Karen MacDonald
Agnostic Ladybug: Paula Plum
Voice of Woman: Kate Snodgrass
Voice of Man: Darren Evans
Stage Directions: K. Alexa Mavromatis
Three ladybugs—a Believer, an Agnostic, and an Atheist, ponder the existence of other species. Two humans, a man and woman (not seen), ponder the existence of God. But don’t kill that ladybug—it’s bad luck! Or is it?
Don't Be a Scrooge by James C. Ferguson
Sponsored by Moonbox Productions
Directed by Andrew Child
Featuring Karina Wen, Sara Kenney, Alyssa Germaine, Liz Eacmen, Gavin Damore, and Michael Eckenreiter
Everyone knows the events of Charles Dickens' famous story A Christmas Carol. But do you know what happened after…?
Sked Du Al by Ronán Noone
Sponsored by Northeastern University Dept. of Theatre
Directed by Jonathan Carr
Benny: Carla J. McDonough
Don: Peri Griffiths
Stage Directions: Samantha Richert
Interrogation. Repeat after me. (Learn English, why don’t you?)
Playwright alum Alexis Scheer’s Laughs in Spanish, produced by BPT in 2019, is the recipient of KCACTF’s Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award. The award includes a check for $7,500, membership in the Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, an offer of publication from Samuel French, and a professional development residency, to be determined, in summer 2020. More
Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, Turbulence: A Monologue
Andrea Aptecker, Unapologetic
Taylor Badoyen, A Call to Mom
Richard Ballon, Glissade
Alan Brody, Cain More
Three of our second-year playwrights were honored at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's (KCACTF) Region 1 Festival in Hyannis:
Caity-Shea Violette’s ten-minute play Slow Jam was chosen to advance to the National KCACTF, one of 16 selected across the country—two per region—for consideration for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award.
Daniel Blanda’s Isla and Her Earth won the Region 1 Planet Earth Arts Playwriting Prize for ten-minute plays that address issues of climate change, the environment, and surrounding issues of urgent concern.
Ally Sass’s one-act The Cleanout won the Region 1 John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play.
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.
Happy opening to current MFA playwright Cayenne Douglass, whose one-act Oh My, Goodness is part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's 37th Marathon of One-Act Plays!
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