2021 Maine Playwrights Festival
in Portland – streaming online this summer!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Maine Playwrights Festival was postponed until 2021. We are currently working on a plan to present full productions of the postponed scripts that will be available for streaming in summer, 2021. Check back to this site and to www.facebook.com/MainePlaywrightsFestival/ for more announcements soon!
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 that audiences can stream from the Acorn website, as well as other online readings and playwriting events.
2021 Featured Plays
PORTLAND MAINE HAS A REALLY GREAT RESTAURANT SCENE
by Brent Askari
Is Portland’s restaurant scene a vibrant enough topic to distract three wealthy Mainers from the events happening around them?
by Nolan Ellsworth & Shannon Wade
The apocalypse is a cold one, but four strange companions search for good luck in the darkness.
MISS LeGALLIENNE ANNOUNCES THE NEW SEASON
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 the her own objectification and impending tragedy.
GREEN LIGHT (GOING)
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?
THE BI-ANNUAL STONE SKIPPING COMPETITION ON LONG LAKE
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
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.
As Playwright in Residence for MPF 2020, Cariani led a script development workshop for the festival’s featured writers and semi-finalists in winter, 2020, as well as providing feedback to the featured playwrights to help them through the rewriting process. During the festival weeks – once they are rescheduled – MPF will also present a staged reading of some of Cariani’s work.