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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:35

Northern Writes: new and improved

New play festival marks seventh year

BANGOR Creating new works for the stage is an incredibly involved process. Playwrights struggle to find ways to see and hear their words so that they might find ways to tweak and improve their product. Hearing your words aloud and hearing an audience's reaction to those words is one of the most vital aspects of building the best possible piece.

Since 2007, Penobscot Theatre Company has been doing their part to help in the achievement of those goals. The seventh annual Northern Writes Festival of New Works is taking place at the Bangor Opera House from May 3 through May 5. Since its inception, over a thousand scripts have been submitted to the festival and vetted by a variety of readers. All told, Northern Writes has produced staged readings of over 100 scripts by writers from all over the country and beyond.

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BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company will present its popular Northern Writes Festival from June 18 to June 23 at the historic Bangor Opera House and at venues around downtown.

With a special eye towards the best new plays sprouting up right here in Maine, PTC's Northern Writes New Works 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 a select few to workshop via a series of developmental workshops and readings.

"Audience participation is a key component of the Northern Writes development process," said Artistic Director Bari Newport, "and in 38 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!"

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