2018 New Works Festival

The Long and the Short Of It

Our 16th Annual New Works Festival features the new work of 17 playwrights, brought to life on our stage through the talent of 17 directors and 49 actors. Join us for 4 incredible evenings of theater.

New Works Festival 2018
The Long and the Short of It

Friday & Saturday, January 19 & 20, 2018
Friday & Saturday, January 26 & 27, 2018

All Performances at 8:00pm

$16.00 Single Ticket
$44.00 Festival Pass*

* A limited amount of Festival Passes are available and need to be purchased via box office by phone (978-462-7336) or in person.

The Firehouse is committed to the development of new work. Over the past 15 years, more than 190 have been performed on our stage first-through our annual Firehouse New Works Festival. This festival fosters the growth of New England playwrights while showcasing the talent of local and regional actors and directors. Playwrights from across New England submit their 10-minute shorts, one-act, and full-length plays to an independent panel who select the festival’s shows in anonymous readings. Directors and their casts then work with selected playwrights to produce two weekends of original theater.


Friday, January 19, 2018
[1 Full Length]

Fifteen Men In A Smoke-Filled Room *Winner Of The Pestalozzi Prize*
Written by: Colin Spear-Crowley [Westport, CT]
Director: Ellen Dempsey 
Cast: Charlie Van Eman, June Kfoury, Timothy Kenslea, Ashley Risteen, Doug Brendel, Terry Blanchard

Saturday, January 20, 2018
[6 Shorts]

Still Life
Written by: K. M. Sorensen [Lowell, MA]
Director: Arlene Barnard 
Cast: Robert Ringuette, Jackie Bowden

The Visit
Written by: Jo-Anne Walton [Portland, ME]
Director: Victor Atkins 
Cast: Terry Blanchard, Julie McConchie

Progress Report
Written by: Steven Eimert [Boxford, MA]
Director: Jason Breitkopf 
Cast: Katja Richie, Matthew Recine, Stephanie Charlton

The Debt Or Chace And Hyde
Written by: Charlie Edwin Fisher [Taunton, MA]
Director: David Houlden 
Cast: David Toro, Greg Chabot, Tom Kenison


A short story reading from Full Moon Story Slam by Anna Smulowitz

All The Wrong Moves
Written by: Patricia Mew [South Portland, ME]
Director: Mark Davis 
Cast: Bradford Richie, Jennifer Wilson, Adrienne Montezinos, Josh Paradis, Shannon Muhs

The Sunday Stabber
Written by: Theresa Fisher [Burlington, MA]
Director: Suzanne Bryan 
Cast: Beth Randall, Abby Seabrook, Robin Lubbock, Jonas Ruzek


Friday, January 26, 2018
[2 One-Acts]

Written by: Dan Bancroft [York, ME]
Director: Tim Diering 
Cast: Sanford Farrier, Mark Davis, Greg Chabot, Sally Nutt

The Ontology Ward *Winner Of The Peter Honegger Prize*
Written by: Pete Riesenberg [Roslindale, MA]
Director: Jeff Rath 
Cast: Eric Skoglund, Dave Toro. Chris Kandra, Kate Ventimiglia

Saturday, January 27, 2018
[8 Shorts]

The Magic Of Niagara
Written by: Margie Semilof [Boston, MA]
Director: Sally Nutt
Cast: Anne Easter Smith, Chuck Schwagger

Beauty Queens
Written by: Jayne Hannah [Providence, RI] 
Director: Geehae Moon
Cast: Leah Mahoney and Dierdree Glassford

Fragments Shored
Written by: James Marlow [Mattapoisett, MA]
Director: Jason Novak
Cast: Tracy Bickel, Nickie Sugana Fuller

Written by: Ron Radice [Andover, MA]
Director: Stephen Faria
Cast: Karen Eris-Scalia, Bob Delibero, Mary Shapiro

Questions You Never Thought You’d Ask
Written by: Marc Harpin [Chestnut Hill, MA]
Director: Anne Easter Smith
Cast: Terry Blanchard, Charles Bradley

Wright And Wrong
Written by: Julie Parker And Laurie Parker Mendoza [Amesbury, MA]
Director: Kim Holliday
Cast: Alyssa Branciforte, Arthur Knight, Creston Rice, Julie McConchie

Turk, Turk, Turk
Written by: Deirdre Girard [Newbury, MA]
Director: Sherry Bonder
Cast: Robert Ringuette, Michael Kimball

Manifest Destiny *Winner Of The Peter Honegger Prize
Written by: Gregory Hischak [South Yarmouth, MA]
Director: Damon Jespersen
Cast: Beth Randall, Eric Skoglund 


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