Category: Deirdre Girard

Thank you…

May 7th, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston Theater Marathon, Boston Theater Marathon XX, Deirdre Girard, Gary Garrison, Hortense Gerardo, Jack Neary, Jack Welch, Kate Snodgrass, Kirsten Greenidge, Laura Neill, luchadore, Melinda Lopez, Michael Towers, new plays, Pat Gabridge, Peter Floyd, Robert Brustein, Ronan Noone, Rosanna Yamagiwa, short plays


…to everyone who made Boston Theater Marathon XX possible! See you next year!

Writers at Play Showcase of New Works

June 29th, 2016 in Alums, Blog, Colleen Hughes, Deirdre Girard, John Zakrosky Jr., mfa, Michael Towers, new plays, Peter Floyd


Writers at Play—a group of alumni playwrights—will host its annual Showcase of New Works right here at BPT on July 11. Come support some outstanding new plays (not to mention outstanding people)! Sample a few scenes from each new play, read by the professional actors who support Writers at Play throughout the early development process. FREE!

After by Peter M. Floyd: One of the few remaining people in a post-apocalyptic world, Parker is convinced that there is a conspiracy afoot among the leaders of the community of survivors. Is she right or is she crazy? How about both?

Shaken by Deirdre Girard: Beth’s been living under an assumed name in rural Vermont, finally finding peace and maybe even love, after fleeing Boston eight years earlier in the wake of her imminent arrest for a horrific crime. But when her sister Jasmine unexpectedly shows up armed with a law degree and breakthrough medical research, the two women begin a journey that explores the nature of truth and justice in a biased world — a journey that will change their relationship forever.

The Travellers by Colleen M. Hughes: Bri is seventeen and desperate for adventure. Her wish seems to be coming true when she meets the Traveller, a mysterious woman who can travel through time. But who is the Traveller, and why does she seem to care if Bri patches up her relationship with her mom? A play about the past, present, and future, what happens when you try to change them — and what happens when time starts to fight back.

The Comfort Kills by Michael Towers: Music has always been Brendan’s salvation but with the death of his father, he is unable to write — a condition which puts additional stress on his marriage. Performing in a local dive bar, Brendan meets an unlikely muse who inspires his music and his healing but drives a wedge between him and his wife.

The Kitchen and the Volcano by John Zakrosky, Jr.: A sister and brother may only have one last phone call together before a volcano erupts, destroying their family's past.

Hannah Duston has her own Facebook page. Who knew?

October 16th, 2014 in 2014/2015 Season, Blog, Deirdre Girard, new plays, Reconsidering Hanna(h)



I can't even imagine what the Puritans would have to say about Facebook, but I love this old postcard of the Hannah Duston monument. The page also includes photos of Duston's grave, home, and other memorials. Take a look!

And, of course: Don't miss Deirdre Girard's Reconsidering Hanna(h), which closes this weekend! Tickets

‘Hannah’ opening weekend

September 29th, 2014 in 2014/2015 Season, Blog, Deirdre Girard, Reconsidering Hanna(h)


Reconsidering Hanna(h) Ground Floor conversation, (L-R) Barlow Adamson, Caroline Lawton, Celeste Oliva,
Kippy Goldfarb, Kate Snodgrass, Bridget Kathleen O'Leary and Deirdre Girard

It was a terrific opening weekend for Reconsidering Hanna(h). We hope you're able to join us during the run!

Talkin’ To: Deirdre Girard

September 24th, 2014 in 2014/2015 Season, Alexis Scheer, Alums, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Deirdre Girard, new plays, Reconsidering Hanna(h)

Don't miss Deirdre Girard's Reconsidering Hanna(h), which opens in preview tomorrow night! (And thank you to our friend Alexis Scheer, who is continuing this video series for us!)

Alumni news, in brief:

September 9th, 2014 in 2014/2015 Season, Blog, Deirdre Girard, Molly Smith Metzler, Monica Bauer, Reconsidering Hanna(h), Richard Snee, Ronan Noone, walt mcgough

Hannah_postcard_title_onlyIn case you missed it, here’s a terrific feature story about Reconsidering Hanna(h) playwright Deirdre Girard in The Boston Globe Fall Arts Preview…

Ronan Noone is a 2014-15 playwriting fellow at New Rep in Watertown, where his play Scenes From An Adultery will be produced next summer…

Walt McGough’s Chalk is included in the Lark Play Development Center’s Playwrights’ Week later this month…

Read Chosen Child playwright Monica Bauer’s interview on Indie Theater Now…

Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea will be part of the season at the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago…

Richard Snee will play Egeon/Luciana in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s The Comedy of Errors, which opens their 2014-15 season later this month…

Alumni news, in brief:

October 29th, 2013 in Alums, Blog, Deirdre Girard, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Lydia Diamond, Monica Bauer, new plays, New Repertory Theatre, Richard Snee, Ronan Noone, stick fly

Read about Richard Snee's latest project -- Kurt Vonnegut's Make Up Your Mind -- which opens at the Lyric this week...

Lydia Diamond's Stick Fly has settled in for a run (through Dec. 22) at Philadelphia's Arden Theatre Company...

Monica Bauer's My Occasion of Sin opens at Detroit Rep on Jan. 9...

Deirdre Girard is one of three Next Voices Fellows at New Rep this season. In the spring, her play Reconsidering Hanna(h) will receive a staged reading as part of the theatre's Next Rep Festival...

Adventures in publishing: The Compass Rose by Ronan Noone has been published by Indie Theatre Now, and Jinxed by K. Alexa Mavromatis is available from Original Works Publishing...

New Rep’s Festival of New Voices kicks off Sunday 5/19

May 18th, 2013 in Blog, Deirdre Girard, K. Alexa Mavromatis, new plays, New Repertory Theatre, Pat Gabridge, Peter Floyd

Gabridge | Mavromatis | Girard | Floyd

This season, I've had the great fortune of being a playwriting fellow at New Rep alongside fellow BPT alums Peter Floyd and Deirdre Girard, and my Rhombus pal (and BTM vet) Patrick Gabridge. Together with New Rep Associate Artistic Director Bridget O'Leary, who founded the program, we have met every three weeks to discuss the progress of each others' plays. It's been an amazing journey for all of us and this week we will share our progress with you. Join us if you can!

I asked each of my fellow fellows to share a little bit about their plays (including goals for their readings) with you here...

Sunday, May 19 @ 7:30 p.m.
Distant Neighbors by Patrick Gabridge
Three suburban neighbors are strangers to each other until an alien spaceship crashes into their back yards. After its arrival, they get to know each other a lot better, and faster, than they ever expected (or wanted). A space age love story.

I came into the New Voices program with about a third of the play written -- so I knew that there were neighbors, and a space ship, and that some strange things were beginning to happen to these people.  But that was about it. Oh, and I knew how Act II would start. Since September, I've been having a lot of fun watching this story and these characters come together. Starting in January, we've had a couple of table reads with different casts, which has been incredibly useful. I'm used to getting to hear tidbits of my work with actors in the Rhombus playwrights group, but in New Voices, we get to hear the whole thing aloud, which can start to answer entirely different questions about rhythm and timing and character. I've done so much revising, tweaking, and tuning that it's definitely time to hear this piece with an audience who is completely fresh to the play. The experience of watching and listening to an audience interacting with my plays is a big part of why I'm a playwright -- that's when the magic happens (or doesn't, which is just as important to know).

Monday, May 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Protocol by Peter M. Floyd
Protocol is a dark comedy set in a dangerous and volatile world. Richard Hook is a young man dragged from his home by armed men and taken to a secret location, where he is grilled by a series of interrogators about his supposed connections to a dangerous terrorist. As Richard maintains his innocence, his questioners seem more concerned with their bureaucratic infighting than in finding out the truth. But perhaps truth is better left hidden, as Richard learns to his horror that no one is truly guiltless, least of all himself.

For me, writing Protocol was an interesting challenge, as I started with little more than the notion of a person being at the mercy of a series of interrogators whose identity and motives are obscure. That situation seemed rife with the potential for dark comedy, and I decided to plunge in with very little pre-planning, essentially discovering the events at the same time as Richard, the protagonist. The initial draft was, needless to say, very rough indeed. The action of the play has changed over subsequent versions, as I've learned more about these characters and their world. The feedback from Bridget, Patrick, Alexa, and Deirdre has been an essential part of the process; what seems a clever idea in my head doesn't always translate to the page, and it's good to have someone tell you, "Eh, that doesn't really work."

One apprehension I have about the readings is that this community is a different one than it was when I began writing the piece last year, thanks to the events of last month. Presenting a play that deals with terrorism, especially one with a comedic tone, in Watertown of all places, might be a serious case of "too soon." (Needless to say, it's not my intention with this play to make light of violence.) We're familiar with many of the elements that make a successful play reading — the script, the cast, the venue, the audience — but one thing we usually don't consider is the times. The play will read differently now than it would have a year ago, and probably than it would a year from now. As playwrights, I do think we need to keep our ears to the ground, and be aware of how the contexts of our plays can shift in response to the events of the community, and of the world.

Tuesday, May 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Gravity by K. Alexa Mavromatis
Fan has ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), but that's far from the only thing on her mind: her father is becoming increasingly forgetful, her ex-husband is flirting with her, and her dead mother visits her after hours. Gravity is about family and the things that bind us together across time and space.

Gravity is a play I've had on my mind for a long time. It was originally going to be my thesis play at BU, but another play (The Back Room) happened instead, and the play ended up living in a 3x5 index card file -- a little box I'd carry around in my backpack -- for a while. I worked on Gravity in fits and starts over the years but haven't had anything close to a full draft until now. So it's been a long, slow journey. And the work continues; I'm still uncovering and discovering all the things this play is about! My goal for the reading on Tuesday is to "be here now" (Well, be there now, er, then -- you know what I mean: get the information I need as a playwright, but manage to enjoy it too.) It's easy to be overly critical of ourselves -- focusing on all the work still to come to get where we ultimately want our work to be artistically -- and forget to celebrate where we are today. Gravity is out of the box!

Wednesday, May 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Reconsidering Hanna(h) by Deirdre Girard
Hanna is a brutally blunt international journalist, driven by her work and struggling to come to terms with her husband’s violent death. She takes on a seemingly tame assignment close to home while trying to put her life back together, and becomes increasingly obsessed with uncovering the history of another Hannah: the infamous Hannah Dustin kidnapped by Indians in 1697. Soon the individual stories of the two Hanna(h)s, separated by the centuries, begin to merge into one portrait of a smart woman torn from the only world she knows, refusing to let circumstances dictate her fate.

My hope for the reading is that a producer will jump up and say "I must produce this play and I happen to have a hole in my current season." That's what I always hope. But it never happens. So, I'll revise my goals and say that I hope to gauge how well the audience accepts and embraces the play I want to write, not the play they expect. Because Reconsidering Hanna(h) is partially historically based, and the history of Hannah Dustin inspires immediate interest, people are strongly drawn to this piece. I just have to live up to that. What ties the historic and contemporary stories together is not like a cheap set of furniture, all matchy matchy. The parallel is not in the facts of each situation, but in the way we as humans tell stories -- how the story often tells us more about the story teller than the actual subject, and the price we pay for the lies we tell ourselves and embed in our personal mythologies. Will this play? Will my contemporary story be nearly as riveting as the real life events that propelled the Puritan Hannah into infamy? And the really tricky part: Hannah Dustin killed and scalped 10 Native Americans when she escaped their captivity. Is she a hero or a villain? How can I tell her story with truth without alienating either the Native Americans who see her as an affront, or her descendants and many admirers who see her as someone who struggled and survived despite terrible odds?

Alumni news, in brief:

May 14th, 2013 in Alums, Blog, Deirdre Girard, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Karen Zacarías, Peter Floyd, Steve Barkhimer, The Farm, walt mcgough, Werner Trieschmann, Zayd Dohrn

Zayd Dohrn's Long Way Go Down opens this week (May 17) at the Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles, in a production by its professional company, the Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater...

The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías opens at Horizon Theatre in Atlanta May 16...

New plays by Peter Floyd, Deirdre Girard, K. Alexa Mavromatis (whose play features fellow alum Steven Barkhimer), and BTM vet Patrick Gabridge -- this season's New Voices @ New Rep Playwriting Fellows -- will be read next week in New Rep's Festival of New Voices...

The Farm by Walt McGough (which was part of our 2011-12 season) will open at Stony Point, NY's Penguin Rep in September...

Read about Werner Trieschmann's recent project with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic...

Alumni news, in brief:

March 26th, 2013 in Alums, Blog, Deirdre Girard, Gregory Fletcher, Karen Zacarías, M. Lynda Robinson, new plays, Off-Off-Broadway, Rick Park, short plays

Deirdre Girard’s Direct Line is on the bill at Image Theater’s FemNoire Mar. 29-30; also this week, her thesis play The Christina Experiment will be part of Stony Brook University’s Rogue Reading Series

Gregory Fletcher’s short play The Moon Alone is being produced in the festival Boxers & Briefs by Off-Off-Broadway's Artistic New Directions at Theatre 54 in the Shelter Studios and Theatre, March 27-31. Directed by Troy Miller, it features Leigh Dunham, Lue McWilliams, and Bridget Ori.

M. Lynda Robinson (and actor and casting director extraordinaire Kevin Fennessy) will offer a workshop on Mar. 30, The Business of Acting: Approaching a Career, at Zero Point Theatre Company…

Rick Park’s short play Men on First and Third(formerly Go to Helen Hunt For It, part of BTM XII) was voted “Best in Snow” at the Snowdance 10-Minute Comedy Festival

Karen Zacarías reflects on her residency at Arena Stage…