BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre, Bangor’s professional theater company, will conclude its 37th season with the fifth annual Northern Writes New Play Festival. Twenty-one new plays will be developed and presented June 21-July 2.
This year’s festival includes works by playwrights from around the country, as well as an evening of short plays written by Maine playwrights. These works culminate in what has become one of the largest festivals of new theatrical work in the country.
To kick off the festival, Story Slam Bangor will present Northern Writes Slam at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, with stage fright as the topic. Attendees will be invited to put their names in a hat, and several will be selected at random to tell their true, personal stories. Immediately afterward will be the first staged reading of the 2011 Festival, “Waiting for Boudreaux,” a play by Warren Holleman of Texas.
Also scheduled are:
Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m.: “The Groundling,” by Marc Palmieri, a comedy exploring the meaning of the final moments of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”
Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m.: “The Baby Game,” by Michele Aldin Kushner, a drama about two couples both promised a child by a pregnant teenager looking for a family of her own.