Voices of BTM XX: Michael Towers

in Alums, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX, new plays, short plays
May 2nd, 2018

Michael_TowersTell us a little bit about your play.

Hatched is a walk on the beach. It’s a delicate intervention between an uncle and his niece. Most importantly, it’s a play that challenges us to find the significance and beauty every life.

What interests you about the ten-minute format?

Just as the ten-minute play is a manageable form for the audience to ingest; it’s equally manageable for the playwright to realize, which is very rewarding. A single sitting can yield a whole play with weight and purpose and meaning and value.

What’s next for you as a playwright (or actor, producer, etc.)?

As always, I’m juggling a lot of projects: looking to complete and produce a collection of short plays as well tinkering away on several full works.

Do you have a favorite BTM memory?

Of course. Many. But I suppose the most funny…meaningful…something one:

Seventeen years ago, I was looking for short works to produce that would provide ‘lots of opportunities’ for as many of my high school aged students as possible. I found an anthology in the Baker’s catalogue that did exactly that. When I read the plays I was blown away (I wasn’t familiar with the ten-minute genre) but what amazed me even more was learning that this collection was the product of hundreds of theater artists that collaborated to build a single day of theater. And what amazed me even more than that was learning that it was happening right here in Boston. Thirty-five miles from my home.

I know it sounds cheesy but I specifically remember thinking: ‘What an honor…I would love to be part of something like that.’

 

Don’t miss Hatched—and 49 other amazing ten-minute plays—in Boston Theater Marathon XX on May 6! Tickets