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Season 35 (2016 Production Season) Productions

Productions for Baltimore Playwrights Festival Season 35:

Public New Play Readings

These public readings have taken place this season:

Saturday, November 21, 2015
10:30 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

10:30 AM: Crash & Burn by Bob Bowie

Directed by Miriam Bazensky

A Baltimore comedy by veteran playwright Bob Bowie, about two out of luck and out of work bottom feeding, testosterone laced lawyers who attempt to represent Bernie Paidoff, a corrupt hedge fund operator,which embroils the two, their bleach blonde receptionist, a lithium soaked temp cleaning lady, two red Porsches,two interchangeable designer coats with deep pockets, $150 million and a gumshoe with a grudge, in a scam which asks the question-is slapstick a Felony?

1:00 PM: Someone Close to You by Melissa Borgerding

Directed by Mike Moran

Ben has always had a complicated relationship with his free-spirited mother, Helen. However, upon learning of her recent diagnosis, he decides to put the past aside long enough to travel to her off-the-grid homestead in rural New Mexico. With his new wife, Christine, by his side, Ben hopes to convince his estranged mother to seek conventional medical treatment. It won't be an easy task, considering the former flower child's stance against plastics, pharmaceuticals, cell phones, and chemicals of all types. As mother and son clash over Helen's eccentric lifestyle and their own opposing memories of the past, a frightening episode from Ben's childhood is unearthed, causing him to question whether this fragile relationship is worth resuscitating.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

11:00 AM: A Dirtbag Airman by Anthony DeLauder

Directed by Kimberley Lynne

There are hundreds of thousands of men and women in the U.S. armed services who deploy each year to various battlegrounds across the world, but Airman First Class Avery Thompson is not one of them. Instead, he works on a nice, albeit slowly decomposing, air base in Germany, surrounded by computer screens and enabling friends. Unfortunately for Thompson, a college dropout struggling with alcohol problems, it's exactly the opposite of the reform he had hoped for when enlisting.

1:00 PM: The Room Where I Was Held by David Zax

Directed by John Wilson

Josh Salazar, a young foreign correspondent, has just survived the harrowing ordeal of being kidnapped by the Taliban. Now that he has returned to rest and recuperate at his home in Maryland, can he convince his traumatized parents of the value of his work abroad, and that I makes sense for him to return to Afghanistan?

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
11:30 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

11:30 AM: The Veils by Hope Villanueva

Directed by Lauren Katz

THE VEILS follows Mel, a female Marine, as she returns home from deployment. She became engaged just before returning overseas and now meets up for a weekend of wedding planning with her control freak sister and well-meaning mother, but she's still haunted by both the spectre of what she saw overseas and the father who passed away not long before. The play asks questions about what it means to move on with your life and how you find a way to let go of your past. THE VEILS is a new full length play that continues to be in development.

1:30 PM: The Chadwick Story by Barry Weinberg

Directed by Scott Sedar

The Chadwicks are a peculiar family. They own a bank and cheat each other, steal from each other and lie to each other. They think they know one another, but none knows what the others are up to when they grapple for the money left behind by the beloved dead president of the Chadwick Bank. Plots? Sure. Affairs? Certainly. Drinks and more sex? Everyone all the time. Femme fatales? Two. Duped guys? Two again. There's never a dull moment in "The Chadwick Story."

About the playwrights
Saturday, January 30, 2016
01:00 PM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings


ATTENTION: DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS FROM SNOW STORM JONAS, WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL AND RESCHEDULE THIS EVENT. MORE INFORMATION TO COME WHEN IT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED.

1:00 PM: In the Closet by Siegmund Fuchs

Directed by John Wilson

The play opens with three men entering a closet. All three are in there for vastly different reasons and eagerly await the arrival of John, who joins them in the closet immediately following his first gay sexual encounter. As all three men try to convince John to "come out of the closet," each man has to confront his own reasons for being there.

About the playwrights
Saturday, February 13, 2016
01:00 PM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

1:00 PM: The Hope Slope by Marilyn Millstone

Directed by Miriam Bazensky

Julie is an accomplished, attractive, single woman of thirty-eight with two key things missing from her life: marriage and motherhood. She's hoping that both these things will happen with Josh, her boyfriend of the past six years and with whom she's now living. Enter Marissa, Josh's adult daughter from his first and only marriage, a troubled young woman with no job, no aspirations and no place to live. When Josh gives Marissa permission to move in with him and Julie, a host of troubling questions quickly arise: What does love really require of us? Is goodness sometimes weakness in disguise? What's the Fairy Godmother doing here? And whose wedding day is it, anyway?

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Saturday, February 27, 2016
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

11:00 AM: (Verb) a play on words by Seth Freeman

Directed by Steve Goldklang

A single word leads to a commotion then a complex legal battle, disrupting lives and dividing a community. Most of these events actually happened, once upon a time, in an American city. But that that was then. And this, as things unfold in (verb) a play on words, is very much now.

About the playwrights
Saturday, March 12, 2016
11:30 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

11:30 AM: Happy Family with Mushroom by Andrea Carey

Directed by Hillary Mazer

Three siblings meet in a rundown Chinese restaurant to continue an annual tradition to honor their dead mother. Dad has recently died, and they bicker over everything--from dividing the estate to ordering dinner--with comic exasperation. The conservative, self-righteous Rachel clashes with her free-spirited, vegan, yogi baby sister, Melissa. Meanwhile, their hapless brother, Jake, a frustrated, unpublished writer, struggles in vain to keep the peace. Before appetizers arrive, the petty squabbling erupts into a vicious attack and a mean-spirited disclosure of an old family secret, forcing a critical showdown.

1:00 PM: In the Closet by Siegmund Fuchs

Directed by John Wilson

The play opens with three men entering a closet. All three are in there for vastly different reasons and eagerly await the arrival of John, who joins them in the closet immediately following his first gay sexual encounter. As all three men try to convince John to "come out of the closet," each man has to confront his own reasons for being there.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

11:00 AM: Shadows of Men by Colin Crowley

Directed by Barry Feinstein

It's Spain, 1937 and the Spanish Civil War is raging. Enter a laundry list of American celebrities, eager to take up the cause of the Spanish Republic. For one of these, however - novelist John Dos Passos - attention soon towards to his friend, José Robles, who has mysteriously disappeared during the struggles and turmoil of the conflict. Dos Passos quickly becomes obsessed with finding his dear friend - an obsession which grates on the nerves of his literary colleagues, especially the acerbic Ernest Hemingway, who finds Dos Passos's focus on friendship rather pedestrian when democracy itself is at stake. Dos Passos, however, remains single-minded in his pursuit, despite the all-encompassing, ever-maddening whirlwind of war, ego, and ideology swirling around him - but the end of his journey may take him to a destination he never wanted to visit.

1:30 PM: Feeding the Furies by Andrea Markowitz

Directed by Miriam Bazensky

Aspirations run amok when Ruthie and Marty Furie attempt to live the 1960s American Dream that glorifies upward mobility, domineering husbands, and obedient wives and children. While Ruthie and Marty are successful at keeping up with the Joneses, their marriage is rife with conflict and they can't control their counterculture kids. The family airs their differences in their favorite restaurant, where it becomes apparent that they all hunger for more than what's on the menu.

About the playwrights