BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre Company will present its 7th annual Northern Writes Festival Friday through Sunday, May 3-5, at the Bangor Opera House.
Festival organizers said moer than 100 new plays from writers across the country have been received. PTC’s staff read them all and chose five full length and three shorts for public play readings.
“Audience participation is a key component of the Northern Writes development process,” said
Penobscot Theatre Company Artistic Director Bari Newport, “and in 39 seasons, we have developed perceptive audiences who know a thing or two about how to help a writer. At Northern Writes audiences provide thoughtful feedback in structured environment. It couldn’t be done without them.”
The new play readings will include work from both emerging writers and popular, award winning artists, such as playwright, poet and novelist Elizabeth Searle.
The festival schedule is:
Friday, May 3
• Kick-off reception, 6 p.m. Open to all
• “Neverland Station” by Jack Rushton of Newbury, Mass., 7 p.m.
• “Pudding” by Michael Tooher of Portalnd, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 4
• “The Importance of Being Plumbers” by HG Andaleux of Holden, 2 p.m.
• “Mom’s Gift” by Phil Olson of Newhall, Calif., 3 p.m.
• “Cat and Mouse” by Michael Wolfson of Valley Village, CAlif., 5 p.m.
• “A Position of Relative Importance” by Hal Borden of Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 5
• 12-1 Playwrights Pow-wow Brunch for local and visiting playwrights, noon-1 p.m.
• “Stolen Girl” by Elizabeth Searle of Arlington, Mass., 1 p.m.
• “Duck and Cover” by Mike Kimball of Portland, 2 p.m.
After each reading, audience members will have the chance to offer feedback and
answer questions from and with the playwright.
Tickets are $10 for the weekend of readings. One may attend as few or as many
events as they choose. Penobscot Theatre full season subscribers are may attend
all Northern Writes events as part of their subscription at no additional charge.
Northern Writes is made possible through funding from the Quimby Foundation.
For information, call 942-3333 or visit penobscottheatre.org.