This year’s festival will be performed in-person in Portland in April-May 2022

Willy’s Excellent Adventure by David Susman, MPF 2019

The Maine Playwrights Festival is celebrating its 20th 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 in the spring. The festival is produced through a collaboration between Maine-based directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers, during a focused rehearsal process in March and April, 2022.

If the public health situation allows, the 2022 Festival will be performed in-person on 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 in Portland in April-May of 2022, pending determination that it will be safe to do so in terms of public health. If the pandemic does not allow for in-person performances in April-May 2022, the festival will be filmed and released for on-demand streaming.

Playwrights may each submit one script, 8-30 minutes in length,
for consideration in the 2022 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 2022 professional Playwright-in-residence.  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.

Click to download an application for the 2022 Maine Playwrights Festival

The Submission Deadline for the 2022 Maine Playwrights Festival is:
Sunday, November 28, 2021