Saturday, March 14, 2015
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings
11:00 AM: The Expositionary by Richard Pauli
Directed by Hillary Mazer
A brilliant but disturbed young man undertakes to demonstrate that in art as in life it's the journey, not the arrival, that really matters. And also that it's a very bad idea to aggravate a crazy person.
1:00 PM: Revisions by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
Directed by Miriam Bazensky
Sometimes, a set of fresh eyes on your story opens up a world you would never have found on your own.
Diana, a headstrong, successful romance novelist, gets the opportunity of her life: adapting one of her books into a movie. Her first draft is a disaster and the studio brings in a script doctor. Elliott (roguish, opinionated and more than a little profane) authored some of the highest grossing action movie sequels ever, and swears he can fix anything.
Their attempts to meet the studio's deadline are complicated by constant phone calls from Diana's famously insecure novelist husband and Elliott's unorthodox approach to collaboration. He pushes, probes, attacks and tweaks her, seemingly more interested in saving her than her script. As he wins her trust, a fascinating story of love, obsession, betrayal and loss emerges - and not just on paper.
When Diana's husband exposes the real reason Elliott agreed to work with her, it threatens to destroy their relationship, their script and their hopes for redemption - unless they can realize that the shadows they most need to escape are not those cast by others, but their own.
3:00 PM: Logan Square by William Costanza
Directed by Mike Moran
So what's this play about? .... It's about the life and times of Frankie "The Finger" Ponarelli, a mid-level Chicago mobster who has seen better days. The story takes place in 1970s when the turbulent political landscapre and new economic realities force Frankie to find ways to meet the demands of his boss Ross "The Candyman" Spatafore and Frankie's even more demanding wife, Dolly.About the playwrights
Saturday, March 28, 2015
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings
1:00 PM: Tying the Knot by James L Beller Jr
Directed by Terry Moritz
When the 35-year old Michael announces to his mother, Arlene, that he is getting married, it is the happiest day of her life. But when he tells her he's marrying Pauline and not his ex-boyfriend, David, Arlene is not merely shocked she is outraged. Turning the stereotypical parental reaction on its head, Arlene uses every arrow in her quiver to try to prevent this disaster and make sure her son marries the right man and not the wrong woman. This no-holds-barred comedy traces Michael's relationship with David from meeting to break-up and beyond, and explores Michael's journey to forgiveness and commitment.
3:00 PM: Long Live the Pig! by Barbara Barnow
Directed by Miriam BazenskyAbout the playwrights
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The Baltimore Playwrights Festival proudly announces the winners of this year’s Festival, the 33rd annual celebration of Baltimore theater:
For the script:
- 1st place (Carol Weinberg Award, $250 cash prize): Under the Poplar Trees by Rosemary Frisino Toohey, directed by Miriam Bazensky, and produced by Fells Point Corner Theatre.
- 2nd Place ($100 cash prize): Fourteen Days in July by Lewis Schrager, directed by Barry Feinstein, a production of the Theatrical Mining Company
- 3rd Place ($50 cash prize): The Soulman’s Soul by Joycelyn Walls, directed by Nathan Couser, a production of the Theatrical Mining Company.
This is the third time Frisino Toohey has taken first place in the Festival. In 2005 she won for Cornered, and in 2009 she won for G-Man.
For the production:
- 1st place: Under the Poplar Trees by Rosemary Frisino Toohey, directed by Miriam Bazensky, a production of Fells Point Corner Theatre.
- 2nd Place: Fourteen Days in July by Lewis Schrager, directed by Barry Feinstein, a production of the Theatrical Mining Company.
- 3rd Place: The Soulman’s Soul by Joycelyn Walls, directed by Nate Couser, a production of the Theatrical Mining Company.
The awards were presented in an event Sunday evening, September 28 at the Fells Point Corner Theatre.
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