2021 Maine Playwrights Festival Virtual tickets on sale now!

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 that have been filmed and will be available for streaming on-demand from June 21-July 11!

You can buy your virtual ticket for MPF 2021 now at: https://www.showtix4u.com/events/mpf21

Mr. Puddles Last Adventure by Thomas Spurr, MPF 2019

The Maine Playwrights Festival is now in its 19th year of nurturing the development of new scripts by Maine writers; from submission through staged readings, rewrites, and culminating in a series of public performances. 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, as well as other online readings and playwriting events.

-Featured plays: fully staged performances of short plays by Maine playwrights Carolyn Gage, Alexa Gallant, Hollie Pryor, Stowell Watters, and Nolan Ellsworth & Shannon Wade. The featured plays were performed and filmed at Mad Horse Theater in South Portland in late May, and will be available for on-demand streaming from June 21-July 11.

Semi-finalist readings: free, online readings of short plays by Maine playwrights Eddie Adelman, Kerri Becker, Gordon LePage, Jule Selbo, and Elaine Ford & Arthur Boatin; presented over Zoom on Monday, June 21 at 7:00pm.

-High School Playwrights showcase: free, online readings of short plays written by students from Casco Bay High School in Portland and Hermon High School in Hermon who took part in the 2021 MPF High School Writers workshops. Performed over Zoom on Tuesday, June  at 7:00pm

2021 Featured Plays

by Nolan Ellsworth & Shannon Wade
The apocalypse is a cold one, but four strange companions search for good luck in the darkness.

by Carolyn Gage
Actress Eva LeGallienne faces the press for the first time after the fire that almost killed her and the scandal of her girlfriend’s divorce.

by Alexa Gallant
Jane Grey, the nine day queen of England, tries to find her way against her own objectification and impending tragedy.

by Hollie Pryor
Two daughters help their mother to relive an important moment of her past; but how far are they willing to go to do so?

by Stowell Watters
A group of friends returns to Long Lake to reconnect and skip stones, but soon run into harrowing trials both emotional and intergalactic.

MPF Playwright in Residence

John Cariani

Maine Playwrights Festival’s 2021 Playwright in residence is John Cariani.

John Cariani is an actor and a playwright. As a writer, he is best known for his first play, Almost, Maine, which premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004 and opened Off-Broadway in 2006. It has since become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States and has been translated into nearly twenty languages. His other plays include cul-de-sac (Transport Group), Last Gas (Portland Stage Company, Geva Theater Center), and LOVE/SICK (Portland Stage Company, Hartford TheaterWorks). As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway and Off Broadway, at regional theaters across the country, and in several films and television shows. He’s been nominated for a Tony Award and has done movies with Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Ed Asner. Originally from Presque Isle, Maine, John is a graduate of Amherst College. He lives in New York City.

Thanks to our MPF 2021 sponsors.