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And this year’s audience choice winners are…

June 6th, 2016 by

Each year, our Summer Festival of New Plays culminates in Audience Choice Awards, where audience members identify their selections for Best Play, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director. For our 2016 Festival, the winners are…

Series A:

Best play: DOG PARK AFTERNOON by Nancy Temple
Best director: Diana Kerry, THEATRE PEOPLE
Best actress: Gloria Papert, THEATRE PEOPLE
Best actor: Eric Skoglund, DOG PARK AFTERNOON

Series B:

Best play: WATER by Greg Hovanesian
Best director: Haris Leferti, WATER
Best actress: Kathleen Henderson, NO DOMINION
Best actor: Greg Hovanesian, WATER

Thanks to all of our audience members who shared their picks. Congrats to all the winners. And to everyone who made this another terrific season of new plays with the Playwrights’ Platform!

We are also excited to share the release of a new book, edited by Board Chair Hortense Gerardo, featuring nine of the plays from this year’s festival. Now available at


Pam Newton’s Dreamscape Project

September 19th, 2013 by

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Dreamscape Project, under my artistic direction, is presenting a staged reading of “Songs From the Moon” on September 19, 2013. This is a collaborative performance piece I have created with composer Chris Renna and with performers Elizabeth Addison, Chien-Hwe Carol Hong, Laura Kessenich, and Wendy Lawson. Aryn Pryor and Taleen Shrikian are also part of the cast. It will take place on Thursday evening at 7PM in the Bonn Studio Theater of the Robsham Theater Arts Center at Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467. After the reading, which lasts about on hour, there will be a Talkback with the performers and the audience. The performance is free and open to the public and is within easy walking distance from the Green Line (D).

“Songs From the Moon’ introduces six women of different backgrounds who meet in the South End of Boston. They explore their lives and relationships with each other and the mysteriously absent Wanda through dance, movement, music, and poetry. Richly evocative, this performance piece uses descriptions of the city, nature, food, color, history, and space to give depth to the women’s emotions and struggles. As their connections grow, they create new forms and possibilities through an innovative compilation of word and action.

I hope you are able to come and share your thoughts. For further information, call 617-469-4462.

Meet & Greet for the Dramatists Guild

September 16th, 2013 by

Dear Friends,

Hope you’re all well and still enjoying summer as am I.
Just a heads-up that I’ll be hosting a Meet & Greet for the Dramatists Guild
at 5:30 PM on Monday, September 16 at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.
(see announcement and details below.)
Sorry if you’re already a member of the DG and this is a repeat announcement.
If you’re a member of the DG and you have NOT received this announcement, you might want
to check in with the DG Director of Membership person, Roland Tec:
Our special guest is playwright, Kirsten Greenidge, who recently won the 2013 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a Playwright in Midcareer.

This is open to everyone, you do NOT need to be a member of the Dramatists Guild to attend.
Please help get the word out and meet your fellow Boston-area playwrights.
Hope to see you there.
And in any event, let me know how you’re doing.
Warm regards,

Jack Rushton has Remembeing Elizabeth in the BPT

March 30th, 2013 by

I’ve got some more news to share!
My short “Triple Sec” will be at The Manhattan Repertory Theatre (303 West 42nd Street) from May 7-11, taking part in their Spring One Act Competition.
“Remembering Elizabeth” is a part of Boston Theater Marathon XV.
And, I’m having a show of my work called “Tales of Attraction and Distraction” at The Actor’s Studio of Newburyport May 10-18.
Seven of my shorts will be performed by 16 of our best actors directed by 6 of our brightest actors and all proceeds will benefit The Studio.
Jack Rushton

Jack Ruston’s Play to be part of the Northern Writes Project

March 17th, 2013 by

From PP Member Jack Rushton  “NeverLand Station” is one of only three shorts to be included in The Northern Writes Project put on by The Penobscot Theater Co. at The Bangor Opera House. The dates are May 3-5 (see below) and I don’t know yet which night the play will be heard, but I’m definitely going to make the trek!!

Penobscot Theatre Company
Bangor Opera House – 131 Main Street
Administrative Offices – 115 Main Street, 4th floor
207. 942.3333 (Box Office)
207.947.6618 (Skype)
207.947.6678 (fax)

6th annual SWAN Boston

March 11th, 2013 by

– 6th Annual –


SWAN Boston 2013


Come out to see the new work of 16 local women artists 
as we celebrate SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day!!March 16 at 2pm

at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre


A 2.5 hour program of
short plays, poetry, music & words and musical numbers
with an exhibit of art.
Followed by light refreshments.

Music & Words Lucy Holstedt, Waiting Room Elinor Teele,
Even As I Go Cassie M. Seinuk, Page Nine by Louisa Clerici,
Keno JoeAnn Hart, Stellas Barbara Schweitzer,
Bewitching City Geralyn Horton & Miriam Raiken-Kolb

Music & Words CD Collins, The Walkers Sandra Weintraub,
White Bra With A Pink Bow Charlene Donaghy, Oysters On The Half Shell Debbie Wiess,
Mamihlapinatapai Jenna Bilgore, 3 Part Contrapunto Gayle Hanrahan,
For The Love Of Egon Hortense Gerardo 

Watercolors by Artist Brigitte Schacher on Display

The event is free and open to the public. 
Donations of $5 requested to raise money for The Fund for Women Artists.

For more information or to reserve seats, please email

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BU)
Front Theater
949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Pleasant Street T-stop on Green Line

March 10 meeting- Kate Snodgras

February 27th, 2013 by

Please join us for an evening with Kate Snodgras from 6:30 to 8:00 at Lasell College in the Winslow Sargent Room 201 on March 10, 2013. Kate is Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights’ Theater and a professor of play writing at Boston University as well as the Producer of the Boston Theatre Marathon. She has asked that attendees come with ideas that they have for full length plays they would like to write, that are not fully developed yet, and will have an interactive dialog with us around these ides as well as play writing in general. We had a great time with Kate when she joined us last year. Please RSVP to me by March 9, 2013 by replying to this email so we can have an accurate count of who will be attending. I will order pizza and we will have soft drinks. Phyllis, please pass this along to the AIR membership as well. It should be a fun and informative evening and we look forward to seeing you all there. Following Kate will be a reading of a play by Hortense.