Category: short plays

Douglass’s ‘Kindness’ finalist at City Theatre

September 8th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Cayenne Douglass, new plays, 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.

Violette’s ‘Slow Jam’ a winner at Sam French OOB

August 21st, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Caity-Shea Violette, new plays, short plays

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!

Snodgrass and Lopez in ‘Dream Boston’

July 6th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Kate Snodgrass, Melinda Lopez, new plays, short plays

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

BTMXXII: Special Zoom Edition schedule of plays

March 29th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXII, new plays, short plays

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; theatre links can also be found there and via the Zoom interface itself.


April 2
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…?

April 3
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?)


Great news from KCACTF

March 23rd, 2020 in Alexis Scheer, Alums, awards, Blog, Caity-Shea Violette, Cayenne Douglass, KCACTF, Laughs in Spanish, new plays, short plays

L-R: Jackie Davis and Krystal Hernandez in Alexis Scheer's Laughs in Spanish (Photo: Kalman Zabarsky)

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

Plays and playwrights of BTM XXII

February 13th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XXII, new plays, short plays

Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, Turbulence: A Monologue

Andrea Aptecker, Unapologetic

Taylor Badoyen, A Call to Mom

Richard Ballon, Glissade

Alan Brody, Cain  More

KCACTF Region 1 update

February 6th, 2020 in Ally Sass, Blog, Caity-Shea Violette, Daniel Blanda, KCACTF, new plays, short plays

Rehearsing Isla and Her Earth (L-R): Scott Ziolecki from LaGuardia Community College and Mae Harrington from Boston College

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.


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.

Douglass’s ‘Oh My, Goodness’ at EST

May 28th, 2019 in Blog, Cayenne Douglass, new plays, New York City, Off-Broadway, one-act plays, short plays

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!

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