New Play Lovers’ Guide to the Greater Boston Theater Expo

At the Greater Boston Theatre Expo 2013 on September 10, 2013, 5:30-7:30 PM, over fifty theatre companies will gather at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts for a free, expo-style event, sharing information and special offers about the upcoming theatre season in the Greater Boston area.


If you go, you’re sure to have a blast and pick up lots of good leads for the 2013/14 season. At ArtSake, we’re especially interested in new work (and especially especially new work by local playwrights and theatre-makers), so we thought we’d write this unofficial, incomplete but affectionately assembled guide to some of the participating organizations that a lover of new theatre works would not want to miss:

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre is mission-committed to new work with their productions, their annual Boston Theater Marathon, and their very favorable space-lending policies for other companies producing new work. This season includes new plays by MCC Fellow Steven Barkhimer (go Steve!), as well as Ginger Lazarus and Peter M. Floyd

Company One has a line-up of fascinating new plays by women. The 2013/14 season features new work by Kirsten Greenidge, Miranda Craigwell, and Obehi Janice, and local premieres by Annie Baker, Jackie Sibblies Drury, and Natsu Onoda Power.

Fresh Ink Theatre is another company mission-committed to producing new plays and new play readings with its Ink Spots reading series. Check ’em out!

Guerilla Opera is an intriguing organization that exclusively performs newly commissioned operas, including No Exit by past MCC awardee Andy Vores, this September.

Huntington Theatre, along with its commitment to new plays through its Playwriting Fellows Program, features productions of plays by local playwrights Melinda Lopez and Lydia R. Diamond, this season.

New Repertory Theatre’s Next Rep features staged readings by Next Voices Playwriting Fellows, culminating with the world premiere of Walt McGough’s Pattern of Life (Spring ’14).

Sleeping Weazel, led by Charlotte Meehan, presents new, genre-crossing, multi-media performance works (read more on ArtSake).

SpeakEasy Stage has a world premiere by up-and-coming playwright Kurt Vonnegut… wait, Kurt Vonn- he wrote a play? So it awesomely goes!

Vagabond Theatre Group is gearing up for a to-be-announced season featuring new plays as well as its There Will Be Words readings.

Playwrights should also check out these helpful service organizations at the Expo:
Playwrights Commons

What is this list missing? Leave a comment and add to it. And happy Expo-ing.

Further research: find out more about companies producing and supporting new works through Massachusetts

Image: from Guerilla Opera’s 2008 production of NO EXIT, photo by Douglas Despres Photography. A revival of NO EXIT, adaptation and composition by Andy Vores (Music Composition Finalist ’11) will be performed at the Zack Box Theatre at Boston Conservatory (9/19-9/22).

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2 Responses to “New Play Lovers’ Guide to the Greater Boston Theater Expo”

  1. Beth Danesco Says:

    Hi, on behalf of The All Stories Theater Company we invite anyone interested in new works to come and visit our table at the Expo. We’re all about the new!
    Beth Danesco/Playwright
    The All Stories Theater Company
    “All stories are true…” — African proverb

  2. ArtSake Says:

    Thanks, Beth! “All stories are true” – words to live by.

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