BPF’s 35th Season!

The 35th season of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival is almost here and the list of theaters on board is being finalized. Taking the wraps off brand new plays will be: Arena Players, Fells Point Corner Theatre, Liberty Showcase Theater, Rapid Lemon Productions, Spotlighters Theatre, Stillpointe Theatre Initiative, Strand Theater Company, Theatrical Mining Company, and Third Wall Productions Theatre. We’ve expanded and added book-in-hand productions to fully produced performances. Dates and plays are still being resolved so keep a close eye on this site and our Facebook page, plus sign up for emails to stay current. And we have a new Twitter account, @baltoplayfest!

Up first is a staged reading of The Room Where I Was Held by David Zax, co-produced by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival and Rapid Lemon Productions, June 11 and 24 at the University of Baltimore’s Wright Theater, 1420 N. Charles Street. Zax’s play about a journalist returning home after being abducted by the Taliban will be done book- in- hand. The playwright will utilize the rehearsals and the first performance to revise the script for the second showing. Both actors and audience are encouraged to explore this powerful play together.

Congratulations to the Season 34 BPF Award Winner

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival proudly announces the winners of this year’s Festival, the 33rd annual celebration of Baltimore theater:

For the script:

  • First place (Carol Weinberg Award, $250 cash prize): Commander by Mario Correa, directed by Chelsea Dove, a production of Vagabond Players Theatre
  • Honorable Mention: Tying the Knot by James L. Beller, Jr., directed by Daniel Douek, a production of Fells Point Corner Theatre
  • Honorable Mention: Saving Myself for Steve Martin by Ann V. Wixon, directed by Miriam Bazensky, a production of Strand Theater Company

For the production:

  • First place: Commander by Mario Correa, directed by Chelsea Dove, a production of Vagabond Players Theatre
  • Honorable Mention: Tying the Knot by James L. Beller, Jr., directed by Daniel Douek, a production of Fells Point Corner Theatre
  • Honorable Mention: Saving Myself for Steve Martin by Ann V. Wixon, directed by Miriam Bazensky, a production of Strand Theater Company

BPF sadly announces the passing of William “Bill” Toohey

The BPF board sadly announces that our communications head, William
"Bill" Toohey, has recently passed away. He came to Baltimore as a
reporter, then interim news director, and eventually evening news
anchor for the old Johns Hopkins radio station WJHU, now WYPR. He
worked as a city spokesman, then was part of Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s
staff and later worked for Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes. Bill was the
Baltimore County police spokesman for years and eventually went to
work as the communications director for the Governor’s Office of Crime
Control and Prevention. He also taught communications at Towson
University. "Bill Toohey was an old school kind of guy with absolute
integrity and the highest standard of professionalism," Barbara
Mikulski said. "He was a man with such generosity, always there with a
kind word and helping hand." Thank you, Bill, for all the time and
effort you spent making the Festival the best it could be.

Congratulations to the Season 33 BPF Award Winners

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.