Are you looking at this page because you're a playwright and you're looking for a place that will be supportive, useful, interesting, and fun? If you are, then you are the reason for Playwrights' Platform. Simple as that.
Playwrights' Platform is a cooperative of Boston-area playwrights who seek to nurture each others' talents along with those of other area theater artists. Our mission is primarily to help playwrights develop their work in a supportive environment, and to help playwrights develop their skill and craft. Our membership is diverse, and includes theater professionals as well as those who approach theater as an avocation. If this sounds like what you've been looking for, please join us.
We meet twice a month during our season, and the bulk of our meeting time is spent watching readings of new works by Platform members; after which we have an extended period of critique. In the summer, we have a festival of new works by Platform members, in which full productions of plays previously read at our meetings are mounted.
Let's break it down:
Cooperative: Playwrights' Platform is a place where playwrights pitch in to mutually support each other's work. We offer each other critique, community, and production opportunities. We're more of a network than a traditional production company.
Developmental: Playwrights' Platform exists to nurture playwrights and their plays. We want to help our playwrights develop work from its earliest conception until it's ready for the stage. We provide several rungs of the ladder for our playwrights, and we're working on providing more.
Theatre: A theatre is a place where theater is practiced.
For new plays: New plays are at the core of our mission.
Between September and June, we generally host two meetings a month. Between June and September, we do not host any meetings, but we have a festival in June or July. See our Calendar for all our currently scheduled meeting times.
Starting in the 2012-2013, we will be meeting at Lasell College in Newton, MA.
Meetings will be held in the Winslow Sargent Building room 201 unless noted otherwise.
See our Meeting Address section for directions.
Our 2012 Festival will take place on the following dates:
June 7th, 8th, 9th and June 14th, 15th and 16th, 2007.
You must be a member of Playwrights' Platform before your work can be read in front of the group. Fortunately, joining Playwrights' Platform is easy and inexpensive! Once you are a member, we recommend you attend several meetings before submitting your work for inclusion in our reading calendar. From there, the process is very informal. Typically, you simply hand a copy of your script to one of the people running the meeting, or get it to us over email. Once we have your script in hand, it's just a question of placing it on our calendar. Someone from the Platform will contact you with a time assignment, and ask you to confirm that date and time. Make sure there is enough time reserved on the calendar for the reading and for discussion afterward!
It will be your responsibility to find people willing to read the script at our meeting. Some of our members simply pull people out of the attendees, though this is obviously a risky approach! We are always ready to help you with actor referrals if you are stuck.
If you are new to the Platform and you have a full-length play, consider getting one act or one scene read first. This will allow you a better chance of getting scheduled, allow us to get to know you better, and allow you to get to know us better!
Yes, we have submission guidelines. We do not have any restrictions on length or number of characters; however, you should be aware that we will have a much harder time scheduling full-length pieces than one-act plays. We have no restrictions on subject matter.
Yes, you can! Playwrights' Platform now offers you three ways to get your script to us:
- Send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send it via the US Postal Service to our Post Office box:
P.O. Box 267
State House Post Office
Boston MA 02133-0267
- Bring it by hand to one of our meetings and hand it off to a board member.
Playwrights' Platform is not a producing theater company, but you can get your plays produced by being part of the Summer Festival. Before you get your play produced at the Playwrights' Platform Summer Festival, you should have had your play read at one of our regular meetings. Once you have had a reading, we will automatically place your play into consideration for production in our Summer Festival. If your play is accepted into the Summer Festival, it's on its way to getting produced! Of course there's a catch -- it's your responsibility to round up actors, a director, a stage manager, and everything else you will need to get the play up. We are here to help you, of course.
No. Playwrights' Platform supplies the venue for the festival, the publicity, lighting, sound crew, and a festival stage manager. The rest will be up to you. That said, we have a lot of contacts in the Boston theater scene, and we stand ready to assist you in finding the people you need to realize your play on stage. In fact, just this season (2005) we inaugurated a new web-based search engine which our membership can use to find actors, directors and other talented people to help them cast and staff their plays! (When you become a member, we will give you a password to access that facility.)
No. We accept plays of any length for our Sunday night readings. It's harder to find time on our reading schedule for longer plays, of course, so please plan ahead and get that submission to us now.
For our Summer Festival, we are trying to concentrate more on longer plays. (Honest. We really are.) There are already so many places in the Boston area to submit 10 minute plays. We would like to give new one-act plays a chance in this town again. (That said, however, don't let us discourage you from bringing your 10-minute plays to the Platform as well.)
Absolutely! Our organization is devoted to the development process, and so there's no worry about that. Readings aren't performances, and you should feel free to revise your script up to and including the moment of the reading.
Membership in Playwrights' Platform is very afforable: it's only $35.00 for one year. You can join today!
Even though this isn't directly related to Playwrights' Platform, this question comes up often enough to deserve a space here. There's no need to register your copyright, although you may wish to do so. You automatically hold the copyright over anything you create, whether you register it or not. Registration is largely a formality, unless you want to bring suit for someone infringing on your copyright, which we hardly need to worry about. The process of registering your copyright is very easy: you get a form, you fill it out, you enclose a couple of copies of the work to be registered, you write a check, and you mail it all to Washington DC; after a while you get a certificate back saying your copyright to the work has been registered. At least the forms are easy to get these days; you can just download them. Here's a FAQ from the copyright office:
Not to worry. Just ask your question via email. We'll respond promptly! And we will add your question to our FAQ page if it seems like it's a question which should be answered on this page.