As of September 2019, Merrimack Valley Playwrights is on semi-permanent hiatus, with the possibility that it may reform next year, with an emphasis on getting plays in front of the public in the form of staged readings.
MVP had a great run. Since 2013, we not only read dozens of long and short stage plays and screenplays at our monthly meetings – many of which went on to full productions at theaters around the country – but also produced staged readings of full-length plays at The Hearing Room and The Worthen Café.
In addition, MVP produced short play readings as part of our Pop-Up Plays series and also participated in the 2017 Lowell Creaticity Festival. In the spring of 2019, MVP members wrote, directed and acted in my short film, Sole Obsession.
I want to thank everyone who participated in MVP over the years. I learned a lot from all the talented writers and actors in the group. It's been an honor and a privilege to have worked with you all, and I hope we can continue to do so in the future.
The MVP Facebook site and the website will continue to exist for while, although I will indicate that we are no longer “active.” So, if any members have events that they want to publicize, send them to , and I will post them on Facebook.
There are other playwriting groups in the area that are open to new folks. These include Write On (meets first Monday of the month in Copley Square; send me an email for more info), Playwrights Platform (meets several times a month in different Boston-area locations; playwrightsplatform.org), and Writers & Actors Ink (newburyportacting.org/play-development/).
Best wishes to you all,
Based in Lowell, Massachusetts, Merrimack Valley Playwrights is a development group for playwrights and actors. Since 2010, MVP has provided a forum for new and established writers to hear their work. On occasion, the work of MVP members is presented to the public in the form of staged readings in unique locations in the Lowell area.
Are you a playwright who wants to have their work read before a supportive audience of your peers? An actor who wants to improve their skills? Just want to be more involved in local theater? For information about joining Merrimack Valley Playwrights, click the Contact tab.
NOTE: Although Merrimack Valley Playwrights occasionally produces readings of
members' plays, MVP is not a production company.
While, there is no cost to join MVP, to have a play read, you must first attend a few
meetings. Friends and family are welcome.
Recent success stories for plays first read at MVP include You Didn’t Say That, Sorry Ass Block Party, Sour Diesel, School and Nematodes, all at the 2019 Boston Theater Marathon; Still Life at Firehouse Center for the Arts and Acme Theatre; Sheeple in the Rockport New Year’s Eve Readings; Forward Flash at New Bedford Collective; Primal Urges and The Big Bluff at Naughty Readings 2017; Social Glue and Virtual Cookies at the Creaticity Festival; Social Glue and The Fiddler at BTM XIX; Nematodes at Firehouse Center for the Arts, Roxbury Repertory Theater, and Northport Theater; Stone Girl at the Harvard General Store; Cape House at Actors Studio of Newburyport; Moonglow at the Whistler House Museum; The Fruit Salad of Shame at Little Black Dress Ink, ONSTAGE and Boston Theater Marathon XVII; Solitaire For Three, Going Out For Ice Cream, and Father to Son at FemNoire 2016; Next! and Father to Son at Arlington Friends of the Drama; Lifeline at Gallery Players Black Box New Play Festival; 20 BY 31 at FemNoire 2015; The Nose on Her Face, readings at Provincetown Theater Company Winter Reading Series and Actor's Studio in Newburyport, MA; A Very Good Job for a Woman at Walking the Wire: Classified! Riverside Theatre, Iowa City; Where’d You Go?, finalist in 6 Playwrights In Search of a Stage; [Dis]connected at Boston Theatre Marathon XVI; Tapped Out at Image Theater; Girl with Algorithm at FemNoire 2014 and Festival of Ten IX, Department of Theatre and Music Studies, State University of New York; Chasing Cindy at City Theater of Independence 2014 Playwright Festival; To The Top in Buffalo; Auld Lang Syne at Gloucester Stage Company; Ashes I at FemNoire 2013; Ashes II at Playwrights' Platform Summer Festival 2013; Sister Can You Spare a Dime at Watertown WTC's Play Café; and DNA at Theater with a Twist - New Works Festival in Lexington/Acton.
The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.
I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.