The Monmouth Community Players plans to present its 2nd Annual MCP Shorts Festival Sept. 9-11 in Anniversary Park , at 8 2nd St. in Auburn. Show times will be 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11.

The festival originally evolved out of a desire for artists to continue doing work during COVID times. The first play festival took place completely online and the work was live streamed. That first production had seven plays showcased. Wanting to continue the tradition of celebrating all of the work that local playwrights do, organizers have expanded the festival and look forward to bringing it to you live and in person this Fall.

The 2nd Annual MCP Shorts Festival will feature 12 10-minute plays from 11 different playwrights in Maine and nearby states.

These 12 plays have never been fully produced before, and many of them were written specifically for this festival. The only guidelines given to playwrights were to keep the play to approximately 10 minutes in length and to base their play, in some way, around the theme of waiting.

The selected playwrights include Bob LeBlanc (Newburyport, Massachusetts), Dan Marois (Rochester, New Hampshire), Jo-Anne Walton (Portland), Jake Lewis (Marlborough, Massachusetts), Emily Carlton (Fairfield), Josie French (Lewiston), Laura Emack (Prospect), Izzy Hamann (Monmouth), Danny Gay (Monmouth), Greg Simpson (Minot) and Randy Hunt (Westbrook). These 12 plays will be directed by eight local directors and the acting talent also comes from the Lewiston/Auburn area.

Bring your own seating, whether that’s a camping chair, blanket, or otherwise, there is a grassy area to sit on.

Tickets cost $10 and all proceeds support the Monmouth Community Players in continuing to the work of celebrating local theater as well as their other productions.

Tickets can be purchased online at monmouthcommunityplayers.org or in person.

For more information, contact the MCP Box Office at [email protected] or 207-370-9566.

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