Boston Theater Marathon XVIII to be Held in May

Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) presents the 18th annual Boston Theater Marathon and the eighth year of The Warm-Up Laps. This year's Boston Theater Marathon features 50 ten-minute plays, by 52 New England playwrights, produced by 50 New England theatres in ten hours.

For almost two decades, the Boston Theater Marathon-to be held on Sunday, May 8-has brought together playwrights, directors and theatres in an effort to foster collaboration between artists and producers. Many playwrights have enjoyed full-length productions with collaborating theatres because of relationships forged during the Boston Theater Marathon.

This year's Boston Theater Marathon weekend is part of ArtWeek Boston, which strives to offer new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. The bi-annual event is presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center. Launched in 2013, ArtWeek works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts by giving people a "sneak peek" at the creative process or by letting them be part of a unique, hands-on creative experience. Through community and artistic collaborations, this award-winning festival provides neighborhood-based experiences in dance, folk and traditional arts, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, contemporary visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film, and more.

On Saturday, May 7, the Warm-Up Laps will feature And Moira Spins by Kirsten Greenidge at 12 p.m. (sponsored by Huntington Theatre Company); Lost Tempo by Cliff Odle at 2 p.m. (sponsored by Company One); and Brawler by Walt McGough at 4 p.m. (sponsored by SpeakEasy Stage Company). The Warm-Up Laps-readings of full-length plays-are presented in collaboration with The Boston Center for the Arts' resident theatres in the BCA's Deane Rehearsal Hall. The readings are free and open to the public.

Net proceeds from ticket sales to the Boston Theater Marathon will benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need.

The Boston Theater Marathon is supported in part by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.

Ray Arsenault, Healing the Heart
Jeanne Beckwith, Speaking of Dead Mice
Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, The Faint Taste of Cat Food and Sour Milk
Jami Brandli, Epic Love
Alan Brody, Grief
Robert Brustein, What to Tell a Telemarketer
Lisa Cocciardi, Beyond
Constance Congdon, Present Midnight
Sean Crawford, The Golden Dragon
Brandon M. Crose, Grandmother Time
Gino Dilorio, Blue Tent
William Donnelly, Visiting Hours
Charles Draghi, Blackbeard
Stephen Faria, Going Up
Teresa Fisher, It's a Test
Chris Flaherty, Train Coming
Peter M. Floyd, Evolution
Patrick Gabridge, Santa Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Jonathan Garlick, What to Tell a Telemarketer
Gary Garrison, Too Quick A Pick
Elizabeth Gordon, Splat
Marc Harpin, Six Girls Who've Been Told That They're Pretty
Israel Horovitz, The New Girl
David L. Hudacek, I Woke Up in a Sam Shepard Play
Lila Rose Kaplan, Panda Porn
Wendy Kesselman, The Shell Collection
Terrence Kidd, When a Body Meets a Body
John J King, Roundabout
Christopher Lockheardt, Before or After
Susan Lombardi-Verticelli, The Donation
Matthew Macca, Spread the Love
Jeni Mahoney, Chuck Roast Toast
James McLindon, I Don't Know
Charlotte Meehan, This is Marriage
John Minigan, A Monogamy of Swans
Samantha Noble, A Drink
Ronan Noone, A Cup of Tea
Jack Neary, Ideologues
Ellen O'Brien, Phenom
Rick Park, Space Saver
Alexander Platt, Mercy Me
Dennis Porter, Lost and Found
Theresa Rebeck, Real
Jack Rushton, Finding Zeus
Cassie M. Seinuk, Playing Checkers
Anne Shackleford, Swipe Right
Marisa Smith, No Love, Please
Donna Sorbello, Lost, in Transit
Monica Staaf, Security
Ellen Davis Sullivan, The Fruit Salad of Shame
David Susman, The Last Laugh
Lewis D. Wheeler, The Donation

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