Since 1999, the Boston Theater Marathon (May 21-22, 2011) has been like a day-long birthday party for new plays, thrown in vigorously good spirits by a game New England theater community. In 2009, the festival’s winning model – 50 short plays performed by 50 theater companies in one day at the Boston Center for the Arts – was augmented with the Warm-up Laps, a slate of free readings of four new full-length plays.
As part of the Warm-up Laps, Publick Theatre will present a reading of Deported by Joyce Van Dyke (Playwriting Finalist ’01), an innovative play exploring a dark chapter in Armenian history; read an ArtSake interview with Joyce about the project. Other readings include plays by Ken Urban, Michael Hammond, and Gabriel Kuttner & Paula Langton. The readings will take place Saturday, May 21, 1-7 PM, at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
Then, during the 10 hour Boston Theater Marathon on Sunday, May 22 (12-10 PM), numerous past MCC awardees will see their plays produced alongside works by Ronan Noone, Robert Brustein, Theresa Rebeck, and Israel Horovitz. Procession by William Donnelly (Playwriting Fellow ’05) and Downward Facing Dog by Melinda Lopez (Playwriting Fellow ’03) will be in the 3-4 PM slot, Perfect Strangers by Peter Snoad (Playwriting Fellow ’09) will be in the 4-5 PM slot, and A Designated Awful Place by Gregory Hischak (Playwriting Finalist ’11) will be in the 7-8 PM slot.
Advanced tickets are $25 for a day of plays – you can come and go between sets. Find the full play line-up.
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