The weekend of the Boston Theater Marathon is upon us and Newburyport arts supporters have much to be excited about, as the city's vibrant arts community shall be well represented!
For those unfamiliar, the 15th annual Boston Theater Marathon, which takes place at the Boston Center for the Arts, features 50 ten minute plays, by 50 New England Playwrights, produced by 50 New England theaters in a continuous 10 hour stretch from noon to 10pm on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Phew!
In addition, a warm-up lap takes place the previous day on Saturday, May 11 with three plays being presented. And this is where our Newburyport residents start to shine. At 2PM, a staged reading of Widow Walk will take place written by Newbury resident Deirdre Girard. With Newburyport as its backdrop and local women as its primary inspiration, it is a story of friendships challenged when conflicting fundamental beliefs come into play.
Then, on Saturday, at 1PM, Jack Rushton's Remembering Elizabeth will be presented by The Actor's Studio of Newburyport, featuring the acting talents of Newburyport's own Terry Blanchard and Mary Shapiro and directed by Maureen Daley.
And, of course, to toot our own horn a little bit, Stephen Faria will be directing "Twilight (Years)" on behalf of the Firehouse Center for the Arts in the 5-6pm time slot on Saturday, featuring Anne Easter Smith and Alan Huisman as our acting players.
So plan a trip into Boston this weekend and support the immense and varied talents of Newburyport and surrounding towns! The warm up lap is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Boston Theater Marathon on Sunday are $25 and are available online by clicking here. All net proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need. Long live the arts!