PORTLAND STAGE PROMOTES AND CELEBRATES THE CREATION OF NEW PLAYS IN NEW ENGLAND
We establish an environment that supports our region’s playwrights, builds bridges between our theater and local writers, and brings awareness of our art form and the work being created in the New England area with exciting initiatives: The Clauder Competition, Little Festival of the Unexpected.
The Clauder, a new play competition for writers from New England, generates over 200 submissions every three years. Each play receives at least two evaluations and all writers are sent a letter including an individualized response from readers. Winning work is included in Little Festival of the Unexpected – a week-long development process culminating in two staged readings. The final step is a Mainstage production and cash prize.
The 2015 Clauder Grand Prize winner
String Around My Finger by Brenda Withers
The 2015 Gold Prize winners
Dying to Know, A Tale of Life and Death in Two Acts by David Butler
Sofonisba by Callie Kimball
Connecticut: How to be Alone by Rachel Nalebuff
Vermont: The Bus by James Lantz
Rhode Island: Galatea by David Eliet
New Hampshire: Trespasser in a Promised Land by Davis Russell
A week-long new play development workshop, Little Festival of the Unexpected provides selected writers with time, professional collaborators and an audience to hear, see and discuss their work. Because both theater professionals and a general audience participate, it can be invaluable process to a writer. Portland Stage has a strong tradition of bringing work from Little Festival to the Mainstage.
The 2016 Little Festival of the Unexpected featured String Around my Finger by Brenda Withers, Dying to Know, A Tale of Life and Death in Two Acts by David Butler, and Sofonisba by Callie Kimball.