Boston Playwrights' Theatre presents the 16th annual Boston Theater Marathon, scheduled to take place at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts on May 11. The event will feature 53 10-minute plays, written by 55 New England playwrights, produced by 53 New England theaters and performed in 10 hours.
Returning in their sixth year, the Warm-Up Laps will be held before the marathon on May 10. The day's performances will include Romeo Chang, by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, at noon (sponsored by SpeakEasy Stage Company); Judith, by Julian Olf, at 2pm (sponsored by Boston Playwrights' Theatre); and One Day Earlier, by Constance Congdon, at 4pm (sponsored by Huntington Theatre Company).
New this year are 10 One-Minute Sprints (one-minute plays), which will join the day of theatrical exercises and will be read before the Warm-Up Laps. The Warm-Up Laps are presented in collaboration with The Boston Center for the Arts and their resident theaters in Hall A on the second floor of the Calderwood Pavilion. The readings are free and open to the public.
Net proceeds from ticket sales to the Boston Theater Marathon will benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theaters and theater artists in times of need.