Maine Playwright’s Festival

When: April 25-May 4, 2019
Where: The Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue)

Maine’s celebration of world premiere scripts by local playwrights, now in its 18th season. The 2-week festival involves over 35 Maine-based theater artists and includes full performances of the six featured plays, staged readings, and more! Our featured plays at the 2019 festival are:

O’Hare – Gate A4 by Eddie Adelman
The Store by Travis Baker
Elvis and the Swear Can by Danie Connolly
Gloria Anderson by Kevin O’Leary
Mister Puddles’ Last Adventure by Thomas Spurr
Willy’s Excellent Adventure by David Susman

Click the link above to purchase tickets for the Featured Plays performances in Portland.

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MPF Semi Finalist Readings

When: Sunday, April 21, 2019 – 7:00 pm
Where: The Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue)

An evening of staged readings of the plays selected as semi-finalists for the 2019 Maine Playwrights Festival. This year’s semi-finalist scripts are:

The Interview by Brian Arundel
A Song of India by Gordon LePage
Like an Oak by Tony Morin
Goodwill by Lori Rand
Bunk by Raechel Segal

All tickets available at the door. Admission: Pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested donation)


MPF High School Playwrights Showcase

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When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 3:00 pm
Where: The Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue)

Maine Playwrights Festival held intensive playwrighting workshops at two high schools this winter – Bonny Eagle High School in Standish and Casco Bay High School in Portland – where small groups of students worked with playwright Callie Kimball and MPF Artistic Director Daniel Burson. Come see showcase performances of the stories these fantastic young playwrights created!

All tickets available at the door. Admission: Pay-what-you-can


MPF Playwright-in-residence Reading: Patience Boston

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When: Monday, April 29, 2019 – 7:00 pm
Where: The Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue)

A staged-reading of 2019 Playwright-in-residence Michael Kimball’s full-length play Patience Boston.

In 1735, a 23-year-old Native American servant named Patience was sentenced to hang in York, Maine, for a gruesome child murder that she eagerly confessed to but possibly did not commit. During her seven-month confinement in a small Maine jail, she was ministered to by local fire-and-brimstone evangelist Samuel Moody and his son Joseph Moody, a tormented young preacher later remembered as “Handkerchief Moody” for hiding his face behind a black veil whenever he appeared in public. Michael Kimball’s play, is a historical crime drama that starts from the Moodys’ pamphlet about the event and explores how a small, devout community faces the impending death of an outsider at their hands.


All tickets available at the door. Admission: Pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested donation)

MPF Bangor Tour Performance

When: Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 7:00 pm
Where: 51 Main Street, Bangor, ME


Catch the full productions of the MPF 2019 Featured Plays at a one-night only performance in Bangor. The event will be held at the Penobscot Theatre Company’s offsite storefront theatre at 51 Main Street in downtown Bangor.

All tickets available at the door. Admission: Pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested donation)