PlayMakers Theatre found its impetus among a group of local theatre devotees who were concerned about the limited opportunities for development afforded fledgling and established playwrights in Connecticut. We are seeking to address the plight of aspiring playwrights in today’s highly commercialized world of professional theatre, an environment that often fosters discouragement, even among the most promising and talented.
Committed to a focus on plays as works-in-progress (with an emphasis on interaction between directors, actors and playwrights), regularly scheduled staged readings of plays are given in a mentoring milieu that encourages fully enfranchised participation of playwrights in the process of a play’s evolution from printed page to mounted production.
Claiming Hamden, Connecticut, as home base, and in affiliation with the Hamden Arts Commission, PlayMakers Theatre has chosen a legendary former resident, Thornton Wilder, as a model for developing Connecticut playwrights. Fortuitously, staged readings are held in the Thornton Wilder Auditorium, located in downtown Hamden in the Miller Library Complex. Each of the semi-annual playwrights’ festivals (spring and fall) has an announced thematic focus based on a particular work by Thornton Wilder. The work selected is intended as a point of inspiration, an incentive to spawn a broad range of creative responses and an homage worthy of the theatrical genius of the great American icon that is Thornton Wilder.
Playwrights who submit their work for perusal and possible exposure through scheduled staged readings are offered the benefit of dramaturgical workshops and pre-show workshops, presented in a friendly and nurturing environment that allows consultation with actors and directors, with a view toward critique and revision.
*For information on up coming shows please go to the "news" link located in the table of contents to the left.