BETC’s New Play Development Program
BETC’s new play development program, Generations, features work by parent playwrights with children under 18. The name comes from BETC’s goals for the program: to welcome all generations into the theater to see new plays and empower playwrights to generate new work.
Each season, BETC selects one playwright through a national competition to join us in Boulder for a one-week residency. During the residency week, the playwright works with a professional director, dramaturg, and actors to develop the selected script. The week concludes with a public reading and post-reading conversation.
Our 2020-21 competition submission period closed June 14, 2021. Submissions for our 2022 competition will open in the spring.
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2021-22 Generations Playwright in Residence
By Eric Pfeffinger
Eric Pfeffinger is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America. His plays have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays, Denver Center Theatre Company, Geva Theatre Center, Childsplay Theatre Company, 16th Street Theater, Chance Theater, Bloomington Playwrights Project and elsewhere. He has developed new work through workshops and readings at The Lark, Page 73, PlayPenn, the Colorado New Play Summit, Red Bull, Chicago Dramatists, HBMG Foundation, Orlando Shakes’ PlayFest, Write Now and others. He has written new plays on commissions from Signature Theatre, Imagination Stage and InterAct Theatre Company. His plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Dramatics Magazine and Steele Spring. Eric’s playwriting has received awards from Ohio Arts Council, Indiana Arts Commission, Toledo Arts Commission and Midwestern Playwrights Festival. He co-created the web series “MotherJudger,” “Mommy Blogger” and “Sad Dads.” He was a founding member of the comedy troupe Don’t Throw Shoes. Eric has written for American Theatre magazine and National Lampoon.
“Fourteen Funerals” by Eric Pfeffinger
Feb. 3-March 5, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder
A wry comedy about family, friendship, and the stories we tell about people we may never really know.
Past Playwrights in Residence
BETC takes pleasure in supporting our parent playwright residents’ writing careers post-residency, and advocating for production of their plays through connections within the National New Play Network.
The Play you Want
By Bernardo Cubría
Learn more about the creative team for the 2020 Generations reading.
By Ken Weitzman
By Jacqueline Goldfinger
By Jennifer Barclay
Birds of North America
By Anna Moench
By Stephanie Alison Walker
By Simon Fill
Generations Playwright Commissions
Backwards Forwards Back
By Jacqueline Goldfinger
What’s Best for the Children
By Idris Goodwin