King of the Seventh Grade by Rich Espey — first of two developmental readings on July 3 at Strand Theatre

The 36th Season of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival summer original play productions continues this week. This year the participating theaters will be offering everything from full productions, to book-in-hand productions and developmental staged readings.

King of the Seventh Grade by Rich Espey, produced by Rapid Lemon Productions at The Strand Theatre. Directed by Alice Stanley, it runs on July 3 and 17. Get more information about buying tickets and parking at www.rapidlemon.com

There will be two staged readings: Monday July 3rd at 7:00pm, and again 2 weeks later on the 17th. The playwright and director will lead a conversation following each reading, and Rich will take his impressions and thoughts away from July 3rd’s event to create a revised and refined version for the 17th.

Jay is a teacher being forcibly retired, and he’s invited every former student to one final, inspirational class. But only Kenya shows up, and she is more interested in rectifying the past than being inspired. Secrets are revealed, old wrongs are righted, and a surprise snowfall helps soothe two battered souls.

Rich Espey is a playwright, actor and teacher living in Baltimore. He has been honored with more than 80 productions of his plays throughout the United States and the UK. Rich is a three time winner of the Carol Weinberg Award for best play at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival and has been honored three times with an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting by the Maryland State Arts Council. He has served as a Playwright Mentor for Center Stage’s Young Playwrights Festival and has taught playwriting there as well. Rich has formerly served as the Baltimore region representative for The Dramatists Guild of America, as Chair of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and as Board President for Single Carrot Theatre.

King of the Seventh Grade by Rich Espey
directed by Alice Stanley
developmental staged readings with revisions

July 3 and July 17
Rapid Lemon Productions at The Strand Theatre
Mondays at 7 pm
The Strand Theatre
5426 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
Ticket information can be found at www.rapidlemon.com

Information about the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, its mission and history, and upcoming events can be found at www.baltplayfest.org

 

The Man on the Street by Marilyn Bennett — opens June 30 at Fells Point Corner Theatre

The 36th Season of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival summer original play productions begins this week. This year the participating theaters will be offering everything from full productions, to book-in-hand productions and developmental staged readings.

First off is The Man on the Street by Marilyn Bennett at Fells Point Corner Theatre. Directed by Kathryn Falcone, it runs from June 30 to July 9. Get more information about buying tickets and parking at www.fpct.org.

A man in an overcoat comes to the aid of a woman being mugged. A scuffle ensues and the man slumps to the ground. A few minutes later several people walk by, who notice the man but walk on. Who was he? What happened to him after they walked away? Should they have stopped? One woman struggles to find the answers.

Marilyn Bennett is a playwright and actor in the DC area. Her one-act play, The Prophecy, directed by Dwane Starlin, won the Thunderous Productions’ One-Act Play Festival in 2015. Her 10-minute play, Rosalie, was performed at the Capitol Fringe Festival in 2016. As an actor, Marilyn has been seen in many DC area theatres, including Rep Stage, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Next Stop Theatre, Bay Theatre Company, and the Source Theatre Festival.

The Man on the Street by Marilyn Bennett
directed by Kathryn Falcone
a book-in-hand production

June 30 – July 9
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
Fells Point Corner Theatre
251 South Ann Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Ticket information can be found at www.fpct.org

Information about the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, its mission and history, and upcoming events can be found at www.baltplayfest.org

2017 Festival Begins!

We are pleased to announce the 36th Season of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival original play summer productions. This year our participating theaters will be offering everything from full productions, to book-in-hand productions and developmental staged readings.

First off is The Man on the Street by Marilyn Bennett at Fells Point Corner Theatre. Directed by Kathryn Falcone, it runs from June 30 to July 9. Get more information about buying tickets and parking at www.fpct.org.

Come on out and support local playwrights and performers this summer. See you there!


A man in an overcoat comes to the aid of a woman being mugged. A scuffle ensues and the man slumps to the ground. A few minutes later several people walk by, who notice the man but walk on. Who was he? What happened to him after they walked away? Should they have stopped? One woman struggles to find the answers.

The Man on the Street
by Marilyn Bennett
directed by Kathryn Falcone
a book-in-hand production

June 30 – July 9
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
Fells Point Corner Theatre
251 South Ann Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Ticket information can be found at www.fpct.org


Jay is a teacher being forcibly retired, and he’s invited every former student to one final, inspirational class. But only Kenya shows up, and she is more interested in rectifying the past than being inspired. Secrets are revealed, old wrongs are righted, and a surprise snowfall helps soothe two battered souls.

King of the Seventh Grade
by Rich Espey
directed by Alice Stanley
developmental staged readings with revisions

July 3 and July 17
Mondays at 7 pm
Rapid Lemon Productions at The Strand Theatre
5426 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
Ticket information can be found at www.rapidlemon.com


Two damaged strangers take shelter from an unknown menace in the claustrophobic confines of a family bomb shelter. Anna and David will have to decide if what is outside is more terrifying than what they are hiding inside themselves.

Fallout
by Laura King
directed by Audra Mains
a full production

July 21 – 30
Special Thursday show July 27, 8 pm
Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm
The Vagabond Players
806 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
Tickets can be purchased at http://vagabondplayers.org

 

Final Month to Submit New Festival Plays

This is the final month to submit a play to the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Scripts will be read by evaluators and many will receive public readings next fall and winter, then possibly be chosen by local theaters for 2018’s performances. There are cash and trophy awards for best plays and inclusion in the Kennedy Center’s annual Page to Stage Festival. Find details at http://www.baltplayfest.org/submit-a-play and join us!

In Memory of Ernest Sokal

Ernest Sokal, an enthusiastic promoter of Baltimore theater and new works in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, recently passed away this week after a long and full life. Ernest was the husband of Beverly Sokal, who was part of the Fells Point Theater when it became one of the founding members of BPF. When Fells Point Corner Theatre later opened in 1987 with Beverly at its helm, a BPF production christened the theater. Beverly and Ernest’s contributions to BPF have been notable and we have made a charitable contribution in his memory. Anyone wishing to do the same should go to http://www.sollevinson.com/notice.php?lr=loc&id=28456.