Newburyport - New Works Festival


The Firehouse is committed to the development of new work. Over the past 13 years, more than 160 were performed on our stage first-through our annual Firehouse New Works Festival. This festival fosters the growth of New England playwrights while showcasing the talent of local and regional actors and directors. (Last year, 43 actors, 17 directors, and 16 playwrights were featured in our festival!) Playwrights from across New England submit their 10-minute, one-act, and full-length plays to an independent panel who select the festival's shows in anonymous readings. Directors and their casts then work with selected playwrights to produce two weekends of original theater.



Reviews

Bob Pawlusiak

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Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Nice theater. Not a bad seat in the house. Very good shows.

Maximilian Ma

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Sunday, April 8, 2018
Very welcoming. I always leave this place with a smile.

Jeffrey Heim

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Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
What a neat building. The exposed wood rafters reminded me of days gone by. The show was fun and the sound system was great.

Michael Letendre

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Great venue to see a local show. Some top taken and a great area to explore by foot. Parking lot (manicipal with credit card ticket for the fee of it is before 6pm) across the street. Great to talk to a local restaurant or ice cream and then catch a show.

Robyn S

Rating:
Friday, June 16, 2017
What a wonderful place! Have seen 2 plays there so far and loved them. Building is beautiful and every seat in the house is a good one!

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