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Patrick Gabridge

Patrick Gabridge is a playwright and producing artistic director of Plays in Place (and a gardener and home renovator).

Patrick Gabridge’s full-length plays include Drift, Mox Nox, Lab Rats, Blood on the Snow, Distant Neighbors, Chore Monkeys, Constant State of Panic, Blinders, and Reading the Mind of God, and have been staged by theatres across the country. He’s been a Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and with New Rep and has received fellowships from the Boston Foundation/Brother Thomas Fund and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus, Stage Rights, and YouthPlays, and one-act and short plays have received more than 1,000 productions from theatres and schools around the world (16 countries so far). He was the artist-in-residence at Mt. Auburn Cemetery for 2018-19, where he developed and produced two series of site-specific plays, The America Plays and The Nature Plays, as well as Moonlight Abolitionists (a site-specific play designed to be read under the full moon).

He’s also the author of four novels, The Secret of Spirit Lake, Steering to Freedom, Tornado Siren and Moving (a life in boxes). His work for audio has been broadcast and produced by NPR, the Huntington Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Boston, Shoestring Radio Theatre, Playing on Air, and Icebox Radio Theatre.

Patrick has a habit of starting things: he helped start Boston’s Rhombus Playwrights writers’ group, the Chameleon Stage theatre company in Denver, the Bare Bones Theatre company in New York, the publication Market InSight… for Playwrights, the on-line Playwrights’ Submission Binge, and the New England New Play Alliance. He’s a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, and a past board member of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund.

He is the founder and producing artistic director of Plays in Place, a company focused on creating new site-specific plays in partnership with museums and historic sites. Plays in Place has created work for Boston’s Old State House, Old South Meeting House, Mount Auburn Cemetery, and Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada, among others.

You can read more about Patrick’s work on his website, www.gabridge.com, or on his blog, The Writing Life x3.

Patrick has a passion for history and a lifelong love of science and scientists. In his spare time, he likes to farm and fix up old houses.

You can his plays the New Play Exchange.

Hitting the Road
Essay

Hitting the Road

Shifting a Playwright’s Perspective

17 February 2016

Playwright Pat Gabridge describes the experience of seeing the same production of his play in Massachusetts and Maryland.

New Plays by the Numbers
Essay

New Plays by the Numbers

Is Boston a Hidden Hub of New Work?

20 March 2015

Patrick Gabridge gives a run down of the results of the New England New Play Alliance's study on new play development and attendance in the Greater Boston region. 

What Farming is Teaching/Reminding Me about Playwriting and Theater, Part 3
Essay

What Farming is Teaching/Reminding Me about Playwriting and Theater, Part 3

20 January 2014

Most of the shoppers at Stop & Shop and Marketbasket and Kroger’s and even Whole Foods don’t know any farmers and have never been to a farmer’s market and never will. My tiny organic farm can’t compete with the price and distribution of the big guys. Or influence—the farm bill doesn’t really take me into account. Small organic vegetable farmers don’t get much more crumbs thrown at them than individual artists get from the NEA or big charitable institutions.

A bin of zucchini.
What Farming is Teaching/Reminding Me about Playwriting and Theater, Part 2
Essay

What Farming is Teaching/Reminding Me about Playwriting and Theater, Part 2

4 January 2014

Through the comparison of farming to theatre, Patrick Gabridge advises makers to not expect an abundance of money but of work that fuels the soul.

Patrick Gabridge on a farm.
What Farming is Teaching/Reminding Me about Playwriting and Theater—Part 1
Essay

What Farming is Teaching/Reminding Me about Playwriting and Theater—Part 1

14 December 2013

In my life as a farmer and as a playwright,  there really is a time to plan, to sow, to weed, and a time to reap. Talent is great. But endurance and luck are really what it takes.

A notebook with the LiveScribe pen on top of it.
Tools for Playwrights
Essay

Tools for Playwrights

The LiveScribe Pen

3 August 2012

The Livescribe pen seems like magic with its ability to record audio that attaches to what is being written on paper. The pen revolutionizes the writing process.

Farming and Theatre
Series

Farming and Theatre

Playwright Patrick Gabridge writes on how spending two seasons farming revealed a lot more than just how to grow vegetables.

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