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Season 34 (2015 Production Season) Productions

Productions for Baltimore Playwrights Festival Season 34:

Monday, September 07, 2015
11:30 AM
The 14th Annual Page to Stage Festival

Baltimore Playwrights Festival joins The Kennedy Center for their 14th annual Page to Stage Festival. We will be presenting selections from all three shows performed this season.


By Mario Correa

Directed by Chelsea Dove

Is America ready for a gay president? Governor Ned Worley is about to find out. But can the ambitious politician prove the naysayers wrong or will personal demons--and a troubled partner--scuttle his historic candidacy?

Tying the Knot

By James Beller

Directed by Daniel Douek

When 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.

Saving Myself for Steve Martin

By Ann V. Wixon

Directed by Miriam Bazensky

Divorced, 45, and facing an uncertain future, Eve attends her first SWASS (single women actively seeking sex) meeting in this hilarious one-woman show. Recommended for ages 13 and up. [Russian Lounge] [Mild cursing, mature themes]

Public New Play Readings

These public readings have taken place this season:

Saturday, February 07, 2015
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

11:00 AM: Commander by Mario Correa

Directed by Steve Goldklang

1:00 PM: Glass House by Jonathan Sachsman

Directed by Daniel Douek

3:00 PM: Saving Myself for Steve Martin by Ann Wixon

Directed by Miriam Bazensky

How hard can it be for a divorced woman to get laid by a guy that's not a schmuck? It turns out not so easy. Will our hero get lucky? Or will she have to save herself for Steve Martin?

About the playwrights
Saturday, February 28, 2015
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

11:00 AM: Staff Attorney by Nicholas Cartier

Directed by Daniel Douek

An insider portrait of the world of big firm law that grapples with vexing questions of race, merit and diversity, Staff Attorney is the David and Goliath story of a legal battle between a young African-American woman and one of the country’s oldest and most powerful law firms. When recent Harvard Law grad Deanna Williams joins forces with her former law professor to sue the white-shoe law firm of Foster & Carlyle, accusing it of hiring African-Americans in dead-end legal jobs to create a facade of diversity, the firm will stop at nothing to protect its reputation - even if it means destroying hers in the process. A legal drama of constantly shifting perspective, Staff Attorney explores the wounds inflicted on a young woman who may be both victim and opportunist and the lengths to which she'll go to not only seek justice but revenge.

3:00 PM: To Kill A King by Joshua Ford

The true story of the Memphis Sanitation Workers' strike of 1968 that led to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mayor Henry Loeb, a staunch conservative and recent Episcopalian convert, refuses to negotiate, despite the Black community's support of the strikers. As a planned march approaches, an energetic Black union steward, a Jewish rep and a local preacher try to resolve things with the Mayor, unaware of the tragedy that awaits.

About the playwrights
Saturday, March 14, 2015
11:00 AM
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
12:00 PM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

12:00 PM: The Man in the Closet by Elizabeth Jordan

Directed by George Andre Tittle

Elizabeth Jordan's 10-minute play, The Man in the Closet, directed by George Andre Tittle, dramatizes the effects of dementia as three grown children attempt to remove a gun from their delusional father.

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 Bazensky

Two sisters, Sarabeth and Susanna, want to spare their Jewish parents by preserving the secret that they no longer keep kosher. However, their mom's real concern is that the girls marry soon and to Jewish men, particularly since one daughter dates only gentiles and the other rarely dates.

Can a "nice Jewish boy" - or two - make everyone happy? Probably not.

About the playwrights