This year’s festival takes place from
April 16 to April 26, 2020.
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 productions will feature collaborations between Maine-based directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers during a focused rehearsal period in March and April 2020.
The 2020 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, April 16 to April 26, 2020.
Playwrights may each submit one script, 8-30 minutes in length,
for consideration in the 2020 festival.
Playwrights whose scripts are chosen to be part of the festival will have extensive opportunities to revise their plays over a series of meetings with Acorn’s artistic staff and with the 2020 professional Playwright-in-residence, John Cariani. Playwrights will also take part in public work-in-progress readings with the other selected writers, and will be an integral part of their play’s rehearsal process working with the director, dramaturg, and actors. Several playwrights whose work is not selected for inclusion in the full festival will be recognized as semi-finalists: invited to develop their plays through a by-invitation-only rewriting workshop with the Playwright-in-residence and have them shared in an evening of dramatic readings held at the start of the festival week.
All short plays performed in the festival will be fully staged with set, lighting, costumes, and sound. All playwrights whose work is selected to be part of the Maine Playwrights Festival will receive extensive exposure for their piece through Acorn’s marketing of the festival, and will retain full rights for future performance of scripts.