2018 New Works Festival

The Long and the Short Of It

A Firehouse-produced annual festival. One Full Length play, two One-Acts, and fourteen 10-minute Shorts will be featured.

New Works Festival 2017
The Long and the Short of It

Two weekends:
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.


AUDITIONS for New Works Festival 2018 will be held at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 10:00am -1:00pm. Contact Alyssa Olsen for all audition inquires. alyssa@firehouse.org

General Festival Schedule is below.
All plays are performed once.
Detailed schedule of the two nights of shorts will be announced at a later date.

Friday, January 19, 2018
1 Full Length

Saturday, January 20, 2018
7 Shorts

Friday, January 26, 2018
2 One-Acts

Saturday, January 27, 2018
7 Shorts


Fifteen Men In A Smoke-Filled Room *Winner Of The Pestalozzi Prize*
by Colin Spear-Crowley [Westport, CT]

2 One-Acts

The Ontology Ward *Winner Of The Peter Honegger Prize*
by Pete Riesenberg [Roslindale, MA]

by Dan Bancroft [York, ME]

14 Shorts

Manifest Destiny *Winner Of The Peter Honegger Prize
by Gregory Hischak [South Yarmouth, MA]

Progress Report
by Steven Eimert [Boxford, MA]

The Sunday Stabber
by Theresa Fisher [Burlington, MA]

The Debt Or Chace And Hyde
by Charlie Edwin Fisher [Taunton, MA]

Turk, Turk, Turk
by Deirdre Girard [Newbury, MA]

Beauty Queens
by Jayne Hannah [Providence, RI]

Questions You Never Thought You’d Ask
by Mark Harpen [Chestnut Hill, MA]

Fragments Shored
by James Marlow [Mattapoisett, MA]

All The Wrong Moves
by Patricia Mew [South Portland, ME]

Wright And Wrong
by Julie Parker And Laurie Parker Mendoza [Amesbury, MA]

by Ron Radice [Andover, MA]

The Magic Of Niagara
by Margie Semilof [Boston, MA]

Still Life
by K. M. Sorensen [Lowell, MA]

The Visit
by Joanne Walton [Portland, ME]



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.

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