Category: new plays

BPT Talks: a tiny q&a with Caity-Shea Violette

October 22nd, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Caity-Shea Violette, new plays

BPT’s 2020-21 season of new plays—thesis plays by our cohort of third-year playwrights—has been postponed until next year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime, all five plays are currently being workshopped in collaboration with our friends at BU’s College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. A series of conversations about these plays, BPT Talks, will be held this fall via the videoconferencing tool Zoom. BPT Talks will convene on Zoom each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of Election Day, Nov. 3) until Nov. 24.

On Oct. 27, we’ll talk about Caity-Shea Violette’s new play Rx Machina, which she describes this way:

Rx Machina unpacks big pharma’s impact on everyday American culture and illuminates the search for humanity in a healthcare system that views patients as consumers and pain as profitable. An ambitious pharmaceutical sales representative’s relentless pursuit of a rigidly principled pain management doctor leads to an intoxicating, forbidden relationship that comes with a cost. Ethical boundaries are blurred in a literal manifestation of doctors being in bed with drug reps that forms a love triangle fueled by money, sex, and power. Set in 2015, two years before the federal government would officially recognize it as the Opioid Epidemic, Rx Machina explores who gets to get better and who gets left behind. More

BPT Talks: a tiny q&a with Eliana Pipes

October 15th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, BPT Talks, Eliana Pipes, new plays

BPT's 2020-21 season of new plays—thesis plays by our cohort of third-year playwrights—has been postponed until next year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime, all five plays are currently being workshopped in collaboration with our friends at BU's College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. A series of conversations about these plays, BPT Talks, will be held this fall via the videoconferencing tool Zoom. BPT Talks will convene on Zoom each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of Election Day, Nov. 3) until Nov. 24.

On Oct. 20, we'll talk about Eliana Pipes's new play LORENA: a Tabloid Epic, which she describes this way:

LORENA: a Tabloid Epic spins out of the media hailstorm surrounding Lorena Bobbitt, who became a sensation after she used a kitchen knife to cut off her abusive husband’s penis in 1993. The tacky dystopia of American pop culture tumbles onto the stage in a series of funhouse vignettes that know no bounds, while The Playwright desperately tries to protect Lorena from the play which has clearly gotten out of her control. Then, a twist ending re-contextualizes Lorena’s outsized epic through the lens of a quieter sexual assault story that’s all too common. LORENA merges the personal with the political to reckon with our cultural sins, and bring Lorena’s story into the present day. More

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.

Bauer’s one-act ‘Democracy Sucks’ streaming now

August 25th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Monica Bauer, new plays, one-act plays

Alumni playwright Monica Bauer’s one-act play Democracy Sucks is streaming through Aug. 30 as part of Edinburgh’s Free Fringe Festival. Congratulations!

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!

New play by Halberstadt launches as podcast

August 17th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, MJ Halberstadt, new plays

Playwright alum MJ Halberstadt's new play, The Usual Unusual, has launched as a seven-part podcast. The play was commissioned by SpeakEasy Stage as part of the theatre's new works initiative The Boston Project. Listen

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

Meleady wins Nortie for ‘the smuggler’

May 12th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, new plays, Ronan Noone, the smuggler

Congratulations to Billy Meleady, who won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for his turn in Ronán Noone’s the smuggler!

More great news from KCACTF

April 17th, 2020 in awards, Blog, Eliana Pipes, KCACTF, new plays

Second-year MFA playwright Eliana Pipes has been named the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship. The award, given annually, is based on a student playwright's body of work. Congratulations!

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

PLEASE VISIT www.BostonPlaywrights.org TO JOIN.

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?

—and—

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?)

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