2019 New Works Festival

The Long and the Short Of It

Our 17th Annual New Works Festival features the new work of 18 playwrights, brought to life on our stage through the talent of 18 directors and many brilliant actors. Join us for 4 incredible evenings of theater.

New Works Festival 2019
The Long and the Short of It

Friday & Saturday, January 18 & 19, 2019
Friday & Saturday, January 25 & 26, 2019

All Performances at 8:00pm

$16.00 Single Ticket
$44.00 Festival Pass

Purchase tickets for Friday, January 18th here.

Purchase tickets for Saturday, January 19th here.

Purchase tickets for Friday, January 25th here.

Purchase tickets for Saturday, January 26th here.

Purchase Festival Pass here.


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 18, 2019
[1 Full Length]

The Hairy Man *Winner Of The Pestalozzi Prize*
Written by: Bryan Halperin [Meredith, NH]
Director: Sherry Bonder 

Saturday, January 19, 2019
[1st Evening of Shorts]

Written by: George Smart [Quincy, MA]
Director: Dierdree Glassford

Don't Jump the Gun
Written by: James C. Ferguson [Plainville, MA]
Director: Jesse Kalfel

The Guy Who Came to Fix the Thing
Written by: Jonathan Markella [Duxbury, MA]
Director: Sally Nutt

Let's Pretend
Written by: Steven Eimert [Boxford, MA]
Director: Maureen Daley

Dawn Doesn't Last Forever
Written by: Kristine Sarasin [Plaistow, NH]
Director: Eden Tomaszewski 

Play Righting
Written by: Lindsey Eimert [Beverly, MA]
Director: Damon Jespersen

Letting Go
Written by: Deirdre Girard [Newbury, MA] 
Director: David Houlden 


Friday, January 25, 2019
[3 One-Acts]

Everything That Reminds Me of Him
Written by: Molly Littman [Barrington, RI]
Director: Ellen Dempsey 

Corrections *Winner Of The Peter Honegger Prize*
Written by: Jackie Martin [Norwood, MA]
Director: Bonniejean Wilbur

You Done?
Written by: Kristine Sarasin [Plaistow, NH]
Director: Jeff Rath

Saturday, January 26, 2019
[2nd Evening of Shorts]

Something Old, Something New
Written by: Margie Semilof [Boston, MA]
Director: Arlene Barnard 

Written by: Lawrence Kessenich [Watertown, MA]
Director: Anne Easter Smith

Hallmark Doesn't Make Cards for Us *Winner of the Peter Honneger Prize*
Written by: Jackie Martin [Norwood, MA]
Director: Geehae Moon

One Breath
Written by: Lynne Cullen [Portland, ME]
Director: Kathleen Doyle

Thank You, Two
Written by: John Minigan [Framingham, MA]
Director: Kim Holliday 

No Regrets
Written by: John Minigan [Framingham, MA]
Director: Stephen Faria 

Human Intuition
Written by: Charles Bradley [Kingston, NH]
Director: Richard Piatt



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