Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival was postponed and became the 2021 festival, which was professionally-filmed and presented through on-demand streaming. Acorn Productions undertook a rigorous, COVID-cautious rehearsal process in May of 2021 and then brought together the casts to film fully-staged productions of five plays from 2020. The full festival was then made available for streaming on-demand from June 21-July 11, 2021.

The Bi-Annual Stone Skipping Competition on Long Lake by Stowell Watters

The 19th Maine Playwrights Festival adapted to an online format to continue our mission of developing  new scripts by Maine writers from submission through staged readings, rewrites, and culminating in public performances. The 2021 Festival was comprised of fully staged performances of short plays (8-30 minutes in length) filmed by a team of Maine-based professional filmmakers that audiences could  then 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 streamed from June 21-July 11, 2021.

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 June 21, 2021.

-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 22, 2021.

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.

Thanks to our MPF 2021 sponsors.