Boston Theater Marathon

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre produces the Boston Theater Marathon (BTM), an award-winning, all-day marathon of new 10-minute plays. The plays are chosen from more than 400 entries from New England playwrights, and the 50 selected plays are produced by 50 New England theatre companies who donate their time to this event. Click here to learn more about the judging process. Generously supported over the years by the Boston University Humanities Foundation and by individual donations, the BTM gifts its net proceeds to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, an organization which helps area theatre artists and companies in crisis.

In 2009, thanks to our new association with the Boston Center for the Arts, the BTM expanded to include a weekend of full-length play readings. In addition to its charitable goals, the BTM matches playwrights with theatre companies, introduces patrons to the diversity of the Boston playwriting and theatre scene, and provides a showcase for the entire theatre community.┬áIn 2000, the BTM received a special Elliot Norton Award from the Boston Theatre Critics Association for “Enlivening Local Theatre.”

Thanks to a generous gift of space from the Huntington Theatre Company, the BTM is held each spring at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in Boston’s South End. Click here for directions.

The heart of the BTM is the one-day festival. The plays begin at 12 noon and are performed continuously until 10 p.m.