MFA Playwrights Festival

Join us May 3-7 for the 2021 Hunter MFA Playwrights Festival!


The Rita and Burton Goldberg Hunter MFA Playwrights Festival is the culmination of Hunter College’s MFA Playwriting Program, and features readings of new full-length works by Hunter’s 2021 MFA playwrights Liz Appel, Ella Boureau, Ryan Drake, Chris Harder, and Susan Xu.


May 3 at 4:00PM

CLAMS CLAMS CLAMS CLAMS CLAMS CLAMS CLAMS CLAMS CLAMS is a multilingual retrofuturist couscous western starring two eco-militant sisters living on a polluted Mediterranean beach.

Ella Boureau is an American lesbian with roots in France and Algeria. She writes plays about mediterranean myths, sex and female dirtbaggery



May 4 at 4:00PM

Come Downstairs! That show about the gays is on and Todd is home! We can't WAIT to change him--I mean replace him--I mean love him--I mean murder him.

Ryan Drake writes frenzied, campy, buoyant, and menacing plays about queer intimacy, identity and pop culture.


May 5 at 4:00PM

Jo's fiancée is dead. Or is she? Time is splitting open, nobody knows what's real, and truth can only be found in the language of stars.

Liz Appel is an expat Canadian who writes about danger, ghosts, and humans on the brink.


May 6 at 4:00PM

Jacob wants to write a new beginning, but first he has to face the end of Jax Steel plus battle with a chorus of cut throat sheep in this Greek adaptation meets gay porn fever dream.

Chris Harder is a playwright and burlesque performer who's North Dakota roots and glittery-gritty escapades influence much of his writing--and his wardrobe. 



May 7 at 4:00PM

YELLOW DREAM$ is a dark comedy with music that follows Kathy, an aspiring Asian-American producer on her quest to diversify the white imagination of Hollywood.

Susan Xu is a queer Chinese-American cat lady who is passionate about deconstructing the intersection of race and capitalism.

Questions? Contact MFA Program Director Christine Scarfuto at