The 2019 Maine Playwrights Festival will be comprised of two weekends of fully staged performances of short plays (8-30 minutes in length). Each selected script will be performed on every show night during the festival. The plays will be performed at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue) in Portland from April 25 to May 4, 2019, and at Penobscot Theatre’s 51 Main Street space in Bangor on May 5th.
The 2019 Maine Playwrights Festival was a two-week event, April 21 to May 5, 2019, celebrating new playwriting here in Maine. Public events as part of the 2019 festival included:
- Featured Plays: two weekends of fully staged performances of short plays by Maine playwrights Eddie Adelman, Travis G. Baker, Danie Connolly, Kevin O’Leary, Thomas Spurr, and David Susman performed at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue) in Portland from April 25 through May 4, and at Penobscot Theatre’s 51 Main Street space in Bangor on May 5th.
- Semi-finalist Readings: staged readings of short plays by Maine playwrights Brian Arundel, Gordon LePage, Tony Morin, Lori Rand, and Raechel Segal. Performed at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue).
- High School Playwrights Showcase: bare-bones performances of short plays written by students from Bonny Eagle High School in Standish and Casco Bay High School in Portland who took part in the 2019 MPF High School Writers workshops. Performed at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue).
- Playwright-in-residence Reading: a staged-reading of 2019 Playwright-in-residence Michael Kimball’s full-length play Patience Boston. Performed at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue).
MPF Selected Plays
O’HARE – GATE A4
by Eddie Adelman
During a raging blizzard at O’Hare International, two former high school sweethearts meet by accident and unexpectedly find renewed meaning together.
by Travis G. Baker
Artificial Intelligence finally comes to town… and it’s potato intolerant.
ELVIS AND THE SWEAR CAN
by Danie Connolly
A would-be bank robber makes a serious mistake when he chooses Minerva Sploom’s teller line.
by Kevin O’Leary
David turns up on Edward’s doorstep looking for someone he’s never met—and ends up confronting something from his past much bigger than either man is ready to own up to.
MISTER PUDDLES’ LAST ADVENTURE
by Thomas Spurr
Two divorced parents cleaning out the room of their recently dead daughter come together to mourn, cope, blame each other, and maybe learn how to find comfort.
WILLY’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
by David Susman
Not-dead-after-all salesman Willy Loman returns to the 1940s after time-travelling into the future—and he brings big news: the year 2018 is the perfect place for the Loman family!
Each year, Maine Playwrights Festival receives more scripts than we have space to showcase in our Featured Full-performances. So we also honor the semi-finalists, the scripts that were in contention right up to the end. The 2019 semi-finalists are:
THE INTERVIEW by Brian Arundel
A newly deceased investment banker interviews for a position in the afterlife, but finds the rules aren’t what he had thought they were.
A SONG OF INDIA by Gordon LePage
A childhood toy, lost and locked-away for many years, reveals its true price to a man and his nursing-home-bound mother.
LIKE AND OAK by Tony Morin
A community does their best to deal with the life-changing events taking place in their world…but sometimes, you just gotta fall back on getting drunk.
GOODWILL by Lori Rand
Strangers meet at a thrift store and grapple with frustration, loss, and two shirts from the racks.
BUNK by Raechel Segal
A college freshman finds out that falling from your bunk bed is easy, but lifting yourself up on your new campus is not.
MPF 2019 Playwright-in-Residence
Michael Kimball is the recipient of the 2014 John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award (New England Theatre Conference) for his play Duck and Cover, which was also named BEST PLAY in the Northern Writes Festival and the 2014 Dezart Performs Festival in Palm Springs, CA. His plays The Secret of Comedy and Best Enemies have been performed multiple times in NE, NJ, and NY. Ghosts of Ocean House, a psychological horror play, was nominated for the 2007 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. His most recent play, Patience Boston, which premiered in 2017, is a colonial drama about the 1735 hanging of a young Native American woman in York, Maine. Michael’s four novels have been translated into 12 languages, including the London Times top-ten bestseller Undone. A longstanding faculty member at Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program, Michael mentored writers and led workshops in popular fiction and scriptwriting before retiring in 2017.