The Boston Theater Marathon, which is produced by the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, is scheduled to take place on May 9th and 10th this year. The annual vent promises to be filled with new and interesting plays as well as plenty of fun.
Funded in part by the Boston University Humanities Foundation, the Boston Theater Marathon was founded by Kate Snodgrass and Bill Lattanzi as a charity event designed to showcase playwrights while also matching them with producing theatre companies. Since the first performance in 1999, over 400 plays have been performed as part of the event.
Those who attend the Boston Theater Marathon are in for a whirlwind of fun. Typically, 50 plays are performed by 50 different theatre companies within a 10-hour timeframe. Each of the plays is performed by New England theatre actors and supported by New England directors and technicians. Of the approximately 400 plays that are submitted, 50 are selected to perform at the marathon.
To be eligible to perform in the Boston Theater Marathon, each play must be no longer than 10 minutes long. Due to the short timeframe of each production, most typically have minimal props and sets. With no restrictions placed on the subject matter, plays are typically quite varied and encompass a number of different genres.
The Boston Theater Marathon offers an excellent opportunity for theater-lovers to gather together in appreciation of the craft while also networking with other performers, directors and theaters. The 10-hour marathon also provides participants with the opportunity to fully see and appreciate the diversity of the theaters that New England has to offer. In fact, only New England-area playwrights are allowed to participate in the event, with New England being defined as including the states of Connecticut, Main, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
While the Boston Theater Marathon officially kicks off on May 9, the bulk of the activity takes place the following day. On the 9th, visitors can enjoy free warm-ups with 3 staged readings. The 10-hour marathon, however, takes place from noon to 10:00 pm on May 10th. To enjoy this event, you will need to purchase a $25 ticket in advance or a $35 ticket on the day of the event. All proceeds from the event go toward the non-profit Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. The event will take place at Calderwood Pavilion, which is located at the Boston Center for the Arts at 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.
The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to support working artists by encouraging and assisting them with creating, performing and exhibiting their work. The BCA also strives to develop new audiences as it connects the performing and visual arts with the community. Every year, more than 200,000 people visit the 4-acre BCA campus bordered by Tremont Street, Berkeley Street, Warren Avenue and Clarendon Street. The 35,000-square-foot Calderwood Pavilion features three-stories of interior space. The facility includes rehearsal rooms, backstage facilities and two theaters: the Virginia Wimberly Theatre and the Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre.