New Works Play Festival

Saturday, May 11, 2019
7:00 p.m. - Short Plays
8:00 p.m. - Long Play

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Massasoit Theatre Company is proud to announce its third annual New Works Play Festival 2019. The Festival will premiere the original work of five playwrights in an evening of staged readings presented at the Buckley Performing Arts Center. The festival is a collaboration between Massasoit Theatre Company and Massasoit Community College, seeking to offer local playwrights an opportunity to showcase their work.

Plays and Directors

Short Plays


A 10 Minute play by Eugenie Carabatsos
Directed by - Christie Reading

My Very Own Personal Shopper

A 10 minute play by Steven Korbar
Directed by - Matt Maggio 

A Dateless Bargain with Engrossing Death

A 10 Minute Play by John Minigan
Directed by - Danny Bolton

Everyone Laughs at The King’s Jokes

A 10 Minute Play by Michael Perlmutter
Directed by - Peter A. Carey

Long Play

Winter People

A one act play by Laura Neill
Directed by - Corinne M. Mason

Production Staff

  • Costume Designer: Jen Spagone
  • Assistant Technical Director: Joe Mastrangelo
  • Technical Director: Nathan Fogg
  • Producer: Mark C. Rocheteau

Winners of the Short Plays are:

Eugenie Carabatsos (Two) Eugenie currently splits her time between New York City and New Hampshire. Her full-length plays have won the Kennedy Center Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, BroadwayWorld Award for Best Play in South Carolina, the Trustus Theatre Playwrights Contest, the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Writing Competition, the Venus Theatre Festival, the University of Tulsa’s WomenWorks Competition, and the Variations Theatre Group’s Unchained Festival. They have been produced by Trustus Theatre, iDiOM Theatre, Stages Theatre, and South Park Theatre, as well as in festivals and development programs. She graduated with her MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016 and received her BA from Wesleyan University in 2010.

 Two - Benjamin and Bernadette, a dynamic duo of rag dolls, have been placed in a box. They don't know how long they've been there, or if they will ever be released, and it's starting to drive them crazy.


Steven Korbar (My Very Own Personal Shopper) Steven’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. His short plays, Table for Four, Mrs. Jansen Isn’t Here Now, and What are You Going to Be? have all been published in Smith and Kraus’ Best Short Plays series. Other productions include Hard at Elephant Stageworks in LA, Mrs. Jansen… at The Barrow Group Theatre in NYC, Yellow at Pop Culture Theatre in Melbourne, Mother and Child at the Fury Theatre, Chicago, and The Disappearance of Small Objects at the Odyssey Theatre in LA.

My Very Own Personal Shopper - A calculating personal shopper attempts to sell her gullible customer increasingly ridiculous ensembles through flattery, fear and paranoia.

John Minigan (A Dateless Bargain with Engrossing Death) John is a Boston-based playwright, director, and teacher. His plays have been produced in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia and published in the Best American Short Plays, Best Ten-Minute Plays, and New England New Play anthologies. John has developed work at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, New Repertory Theatre, and New American Playwrights Project. His full-length Queen of Sad Mischance, a 2018 O’Neill and Lark Finalist and Dayton FutureFest selection, was developed during the Next Voices Fellowship at the New Rep and presented in the Massasoit New Works Play Festival last year. His full-length comedy Noir Hamlet opened in Boston in 2018 and was a Boston Globe Critics’ Pick.

John is a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, the Centastage writers’ group, and Writers at Play. More at

A Dateless Bargain with Engrossing Death - When Death comes to visit in the form of an acquaintance from college, database manager Bobby has to do some quick thinking to stay alive.

Michael Perlmutter (Everyone Laughs at the King’s Jokes) Michael Perlmutter, playwright, passed away at the tender age of 33 ("the age that Mozart died and sweet Jesus was set free"--Harry Chapin). Michael will be best remembered for-- . . . "What? Ok, fine, he isn't dead. Hey, I was going for the sympathy vote, here. Whaddo you mean this isn't a contest? Of course it's a contest. Everything's a contest: LIFE is a contest. And my Bio is gonna win this thing big time (never underestimate the sympathy vote). And never mind that I'm speaking in the first person now, or that I've won awards for my plays such as Crimson, 1865, Parking Lot Traffic, Random Acts. Or that my plays have been presented in Los Angeles, New York and London. Or that my recent works My Perfect Alibi and Directing Hamlet were finalists in St. Louis, HotCity Theatre and Tucson, Arizona, TADA New Play Festival the last two years running. Nobody cares that I live with my wife, three children and too damned many animals in Southern California. But such is life: I'm not dead . . . yet. But you can check out my website, Directing Hamlet, for more information on my growing body of work."

Michael Perlmutter - Everyone Laughs at the King's Jokes

Winner of the Long Play is:

Laura Neill (Winter People) Laura is a Boston-based playwright. She is under commission by SpeakEasy Stage Company to write Just Cause, a horror comedy about gentrification. Previous productions include Winter People, workshopped at Boston Playwrights' Theatre; DIVAS, commissioned and premiered by OperaHub; Skin and Bones, workshopped with the Wilbury Theatre Group; and Don't Give Up the Ship, premiered by Fresh Ink Theatre. Laura was an affiliate of the 2016 Company One PlayLab, and she was the WomenWorks playwright-in-residence at the University of Tulsa in 2017. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the New England New Play Alliance, for whom she co-edited the New England New Play Anthology with Patrick Gabridge. Laura holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. She taught at Boston University in Spring 2018 and will teach at Emerson College and Boston College in Spring 2019. Learn more at Laura's web site, or read her work at the New Play Exchange web site.

Winter People - Every winter in the Hamptons, locals live in the shadow of the summer people’s empty mansions. When one of those mansions erupts in flames, five families struggle to protect their own, and racial tensions rise.