Penobscot Theatre Company Proudly Presents The 7th Annual Northern Writes New Play Festival


Northern Writes New Work Festival will take place May 3 -5 at the Bangor Opera House.

Penobscot Theatre Company will present its popular Northern Writes Festival from May 3rd to May 5th at the historic Bangor Opera House.

Now in its 7th year, PTC’s Northern Writes New Play festival continues to be a creative hotbed for new plays, nationwide. PTC received over 100 new plays from writers across the country. PTC’s staff read them all and chose five full length and three shorts to have public play readings.

“Audience participation is a key component of the Northern Writes development process,” says Artistic Director, Bari Newport, “and in 39 Seasons, we have developed perceptive audiences who know a thing or two about how to help a writer! At Northern Writes audiences provide thoughtful feedback in structured environment. It couldn’t be done without them!”

This year’s line-up of new play readings includes work from both emerging writers and popular, award winning artists, such as playwright, poet and novelist, Elizabeth Searle. The schedule for this year’s festival is as follows:


Friday MAY 3

6pm KICK OFF RECEPTION (all invited)

7pm NEVERLAND STATION by Jack Rushton (Newbury, MA)

8pm PUDDING by Michael Tooher (Portland, ME)


Saturday MAY 4

2pm THE IMPORTANCE OF PLUMBERS by HG Andaleux (Holden, ME)

3pm MOM’S GIFT by Phil Olson (Newhall, CA)

5pm CAT AND MOUSE by Michael Wolfson (Valley Village, CA)

7pm A POSITION OF RELATIVE IMPORTANCE by Hal Borden (Philadelphia, PA)


Sunday MAY 5

12-1 Playwrights Pow-wow Brunch (event for local and visiting playwrights to interact)

1pm STOLEN GIRL by Elizabeth Searle (Arlington, MA)

2pm DUCK AND COVER by Mike Kimball (Portland, ME)


After each reading, audience members will have the chance to offer feedback and answer questions from and with the playwright.

Tickets are $10 for the entire weekend of readings. One may attend as few or as many events as they choose. As always, Penobscot Theatre full season subscribers are invited to attend all Northern Writes events as part of their subscription at no additional charge.

Northern Writes is made possible through generous funding from the Quimby Foundation.

Contact the PTC box office at 942-3333 for more info or visit

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About Amy Roeder

Director of Education – Amy Roeder is pleased to be joining the staff at PTC. Amy received her BFA in theatre from the University of Evansville and her Master of Fine Arts in acting from The University of Georgia. She recently relocated to Bangor from Chicago where she taught and performed with famed comedy institution The Second City. Local audiences may have seen her onstage with Improv Acadia in Bar Harbor where she has been a company member since 2005. Amy has performed all over the country including at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park and with the Improv Asylum in Boston. In addition to teaching acting and improvisation classes all over the world, Amy is also designs and facilitates workshops in improvisational techniques for businesses. Amy hates writing in the third person.