December 2012 public reading of "Better Off Without You," a collection of one-acts by Andrew Hager
Saturday, March 08, 2014
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings
Crossroads Coffee by Stephen Kilduff
Directed by Miriam Bazensky
Patti imagined her coffee shop as a crossroads where arty and intellectual people would meet, but what she got was a sleepy hangout for the lonely, the listless, and the lost. But when Alli walks in one night and turns a few heads, the whole dynamic of the place becomes, well, dynamic.
Corpus Dramatis by Lance Woods
Directed by Rodney Bonds
The manager/director of a struggling playhouse contacts a college friend she hasn’t seen in 20 years who’s an award-winning, recently widowed playwright of thrillers. He provides her with a sure-fire hit and comes out to the playhouse in person to help her mount and promote the play. It would have the ingredients of a terrific reunion except for one problem: this guy isn’t her college pal. Now she’s determined to unmask the “mystery writer” and find out what he’s done to her true friend (and his late wife) while trying to wrangle her actors & crew, putting on the play and saving her theatre.
The Main Chance by Barry Weinberg
Directed by Percy Thomas
It’s Africa. It’s now. It’s two civil war combatants fighting to become the country’s first elected president against a landscape of intrigue, romance and a fight for U.S. money. Seven people are caught up in a deadly competition that will determine the direction of the country for years to come. For all of them this is their main chance.About the playwrights
Saturday, March 22, 2014
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings
The Accidental Death of Nelson Fritz by Noah Schecter
Directed by Joan Weber
On his first day as the head of a small agricultural office, Peter accidentally orders the assassination of Texas rutabaga farmer.
Three Tailors by Raphael Falco
directed by Alan Kreizenbeck
Florio’s Fine Italian Clothing Store is in trouble. Mr. Florio has borrowed money from a bookie to pay his suppliers, but when sales fall off he can’t cover his debt. He’s being forced to sell the business to a Korean bridal-wear king, whose wife, Mrs. Kwon, comes to work in the tailors’ alcove as a dress designer. She ignites friction between master tailor Pug and junior tailor Eddy, because of Eddy’s role in the deal that brought the Kwons to the store. But Pug also owes money to Artie and he’s torn between his loyalty to Florio and his desperate need to pay his gambling debts.
Dancing Backwards by John Fiorillo
directed by Mike Moran
Dancing Backwards is a bittersweet comedy that explores how well we understand the consequences of what we think we want when we face the situations life throws at us. It delivers a powerful message to those who may someday need to become a caretaker for someone we love, or who may need to accept care when it’s offered. These days, that includes just about all of us.
Viktor Belkin, a famous ballet dancer and choreographer, decides to scale back his career and take care of his elderly friend Robert whose wife has died and is getting frail. Robert, however, has no interest in becoming a "permanent houseguest" and turns down the offer. To forestall repeated attempts to "imprison" him, the old man cooks up a scheme involving, Gaia Cassandra (Ellen) Marberry, an avant garde performance artist. After her shocking performances both in front of an audience and in the local public park, Viktor becomes intrigued by the possibility of a joint tour with Ellen. What no one knows is that Robert has secret he won't reveal to anyone. As our characters all get in way over their heads, the situation turns from amusing banter to desperate action and endangers the life of one of them.About the playwrights
Saturday, March 01, 2014
throughSaturday, May 31, 2014
Season 34 Submission Season
From March 1st through May 31st, 2014, playwrights can submit plays to be evaluated for season 34, with public readings and full productions in 2015. To submit a play, please see our submission instructions.
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Watch this space for announcements of more play readings, auditions, productions and more!
Submissions for Season 34 of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival will be accepted beginning March 1st, 2014. This is a change. The submission season will end on May 31st, 2014. A limit of 75 scripts will be accepted. When the librarian has received 75 scripts, the submission period will close, and the closing will be announced at this website. If plays are submitted after that, those scripts will be held until the following season and those playwrights will be so informed.
As before, the application with your contact info and the check for the submission fee must be sent in the physical mail. The script---anonymized with no author name---should only be emailed to [email protected]. Physical hard copies of scripts will not be accepted.
For more information, please see our submission guidelines.
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