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Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Blog Series: New Boston Companies To Make Playwrights Swoon #2

Our mission is pretty simple here at Argos Productions. We’re in the business of producing new work.

Our style is to work with playwrights with an end goal in mind. Whether that be a production, promotion of the work to other companies, or even just enough development to get a new draft or a reading together, we don’t take on new projects without first looking down the line. There is no endless development, no promises of a production “if you fix this and this and this…” Frankly, we don’t feel that works for us.

We like getting the playwrights involved in the process. Since theatre is a three-dimensional art form, it can’t hurt to have the playwright see first-hand what goes on behind the scenes, and playwrights are a fun bunch! It’s great to have you all in the room, interacting and collaborating with the other artists participating in the work. It adds value to the production side of things, having a playwright in the room, and it also gives playwrights the opportunity to see first-hand how actors breathe life into the play.

We are happy to report that we have three shows planned for production in the next eight months. Our first show goes up in about a month and a half; a funny and honest examination of a man’s fight against his addiction, Junkie by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Alum John Shea, running Aug 25-Sept 4 at the Boston Playwrights Theatre, starring Sean Cote.

We’ve also got two more productions coming up in 2012 (also at Boston Playwrights Theatre) Wandaleria by the hilarious and fantastic David Valdes Greenwood (Jan/Feb) and Murph by Lesley MFA grad Catherine O’Neill (April).

Argos is a small operation – there are just a few of us working on it at present, and we’re certainly not a rich bunch –so our scope is limited year-by-year. However, we make it a point to hold our shows to the highest standard we can achieve, and we’re always looking for new playwrights to send us their work. If you’ve got something, send it our way by clicking the link here and following the directions on the page

If you’re interested in learning more about Argos, if you like what we’re about thus far, if you have questions, or if you just want to have a conversation (we love talking shop), visit us at or shoot me a message at At present, we’re looking for anyone who wants to be involved in this kind of work, either as an artist or an administrator. This type of production work is very unique, has lots of flexibility, and requires a creative mind. If you’re interested, drop me a line.

Thanks for reading, and come out to see Junkie! Tickets go on sale in early August.

Brett Marks
Artistic Director
Argos Productions

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