We are excited to announce that tickets are on sale now for the 2021 Maine Playwrights Festival! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival was postponed until this year. We have undertaken a COVID-cautious rehearsal process to create fully-staged productions of five plays from 2020. Filming is complete and the festival will be available for streaming on-demand June 21-July 11!
You can buy your virtual ticket for MPF 2021 now at:

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Gloria Anderson by Kevin O’Leary

The Maine Playwrights Festival is now in its 19th year of nurturing the development of new scripts by Maine writers. The festival is centered on developing and honing short plays, from submission through staged readings, rewrites, and culminating in a series of public performances. The festival is produced through a collaboration between Maine-based directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers, working with MPF Artistic Director Daniel Burson and a professional Playwright-in-Residence.

The 2021 Festival will be comprised of fully staged performances of short plays (8-30 minutes in length) filmed by a team of Maine-based professional filmmakers that audiences can stream at home with a virtual ticket. You can buy your ticket now for streaming in June! https://www.showtix4u.com/events/mpf21
The plays presented this year will be five scripts that were selected for the 2020 festival that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about the featured plays for the 2021 Festival.

MPF Mission

“Elwood’s Last Job” by Elaine Ford at the 2017 Festival (photo Shannon Wade)

For the past 18 years, Acorn Productions has produced the Maine Playwrights Festival, an event that nurtures the development of new plays by local playwrights. Each year, playwrights from across Maine submit between 50 and 75 scripts to the festival, and a committee of local theater professionals reads them and selects a small group of plays for production. For many years, the plays were presented in a series of performances in the late spring at the St. Lawrence Arts Center – for the past two years the festival has been performed in Portland at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue).

The emphasis has been and continues to be on providing playwrights with the opportunity to hear their words come to life in a rehearsal process and rewrite and develop their script with a professional director and actors. In addition to showcasing writers’ work, the Festival also strives to provide opportunities for playwrights to learn and work on their craft through workshops and master-classes with professionals. Over the years, we have worked with scores of Maine playwrights, many of whom have subsequently had their work produced in theater festivals all over the country.

Thanks to our MPF 2021 Sponsors