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Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 27, 2014
07:00 PM
Auditions for BPF Season 33

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival will hold auditions for their summer production season Monday April 27th @ 7 p.m. at the Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, Baltimore MD 21231. Auditioners should bring 6 copies of head shots and resumes and prepare a 2 minute reading. All plays will be performed between June and Aug 2014. Exact performance dates will be available at the auditions.

Saturday, March 01, 2014
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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Season 34 Submission Season

From March 1st through May 31st, 2014, playwrights can submit plays to be evaluated for season 34, with public readings and full productions in 2015. To submit a play, please see our submission instructions.

Past Events

Saturday, March 22, 2014
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

The Accidental Death of Nelson Fritz by Noah Schecter

Directed by Joan Weber

On his first day as the head of a small agricultural office, Peter accidentally orders the assassination of Texas rutabaga farmer.

Three Tailors by Raphael Falco

directed by Alan Kreizenbeck

Florio’s Fine Italian Clothing Store is in trouble. Mr. Florio has borrowed money from a bookie to pay his suppliers, but when sales fall off he can’t cover his debt. He’s being forced to sell the business to a Korean bridal-wear king, whose wife, Mrs. Kwon, comes to work in the tailors’ alcove as a dress designer. She ignites friction between master tailor Pug and junior tailor Eddy, because of Eddy’s role in the deal that brought the Kwons to the store. But Pug also owes money to Artie and he’s torn between his loyalty to Florio and his desperate need to pay his gambling debts.

Dancing Backwards by John Fiorillo

directed by Mike Moran

Dancing Backwards is a bittersweet comedy that explores how well we understand the consequences of what we think we want when we face the situations life throws at us. It delivers a powerful message to those who may someday need to become a caretaker for someone we love, or who may need to accept care when it’s offered. These days, that includes just about all of us.

Viktor Belkin, a famous ballet dancer and choreographer, decides to scale back his career and take care of his elderly friend Robert whose wife has died and is getting frail. Robert, however, has no interest in becoming a "permanent houseguest" and turns down the offer. To forestall repeated attempts to "imprison" him, the old man cooks up a scheme involving, Gaia Cassandra (Ellen) Marberry, an avant garde performance artist. After her shocking performances both in front of an audience and in the local public park, Viktor becomes intrigued by the possibility of a joint tour with Ellen.  What no one knows is that Robert has secret he won't reveal to anyone. As our characters all get in way over their heads, the situation turns from amusing banter to desperate action and endangers the life of one of them.

About the playwrights
Saturday, March 08, 2014
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

Crossroads Coffee by Stephen Kilduff

Directed by Miriam Bazensky

Patti imagined her coffee shop as a crossroads where arty and intellectual people would meet, but what she got was a sleepy hangout for the lonely, the listless, and the lost. But when Alli walks in one night and turns a few heads, the whole dynamic of the place becomes, well, dynamic.

Corpus Dramatis by Lance Woods

Directed by Rodney Bonds

The manager/director of a struggling playhouse contacts a college friend she hasn’t seen in 20 years who’s an award-winning, recently widowed playwright of thrillers. He provides her with a sure-fire hit and comes out to the playhouse in person to help her mount and promote the play. It would have the ingredients of a terrific reunion except for one problem: this guy isn’t her college pal. Now she’s determined to unmask the “mystery writer” and find out what he’s done to her true friend (and his late wife) while trying to wrangle her actors & crew, putting on the play and saving her theatre.

The Main Chance by Barry Weinberg

Directed by Percy Thomas

It’s Africa. It’s now. It’s two civil war combatants fighting to become the country’s first elected president against a landscape of intrigue, romance and a fight for U.S. money. Seven people are caught up in a deadly competition that will determine the direction of the country for years to come. For all of them this is their main chance.

About the playwrights
Sunday, February 23, 2014
06:00 PM
Workshop Reading of In A Yellow Wood

Spotlighters will hold a workshop reading of In A Yellow Wood, by Garry Kluger. This play will be given a full production at Spotlighters in August of 2014.

No tickets required. Donations accepted at the Door to help cover the costs to the theatre.

Synopsis: Jeremy Levin loved three things the most in the world: writing children's books, his English country home, and his wife Kate. Not necessarily in that order. When Kate suddenly dies in a traffic accident, Jeremy's life falls to pieces. Brought back to his home in Baltimore by his best friend Stacey, Jeremy is encouraged to seek help in dealing with his wife's death, something he hasn't been able to do in the year since she died. As Jeremy enters therapy not only does he start to deal with Kate's death, he also winds up learning more about his relationships with those he's been the closest to his whole life—his mother, his sister, and his best friend.

Directed by Stacey Bonds

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

Shelter by Carol Burbank

Directed by Steve Goldklang

Louis and John have been partners for 20 years in a passionate and, in the gay community, legendary, relationship, open to sexual exploration and subject to frequent explosions because of John’s alcoholism and Louis’ obsession with painting the atomic bomb. When Louis develops terminal cancer because of his exposure to the tests in Nevada, their mutual lover (and Louis’ agent) Peter tries to act as a bridge between them as they struggle with the challenges of facing Louis’ imminent death and increasing fame, John’s recent and shaky sobriety, and the government’s refusal to acknowledge that the cancer was connected with the bomb tests.

Goddess of Mercy by Jenny Connell Davis

Directed by Jerry Gietka

In a fast-gentrifying corner of Brooklyn, Kate, Claire and Mike are locked in a battle over sex and real estate. When Mike's hippie sister flies in from half a world away, and discovers Mike's ties to a global oil scandal, they soon realize a leaky penthouse is the least of their problems. A (very) dark comedy about personal, corporate, and social responsibility.

In the Bathroom at a Wedding by Timothy Guillot

Directed by Alan Kriezenbeck

Act One, the Men's Room. Act Two, the Women's. Both acts happenings at the same time. In the Bathroom at a Wedding is a darkly comic exploration of love, friendship, betrayal, risotto balls, and the things of which we cannot let go.

About the playwrights
Saturday, February 01, 2014
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

4/4/68 by Sharon Goldner

Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated on 4/4/68. Different cities responded in different ways to this untimely & devastating loss. In Baltimore, Dr. King's death brought on the Holy Week Uprising, a time of anger, hurt, fear, hatred, looting, and destruction. 4/4/68 looks at two families, one white, and the other black, and how they cope with the impact of this historic upheaval.

Incision by Madeline Leong

Jack has chosen one of the world’s most difficult jobs: brain surgery. As his marriage crumbles, he must decide: What will he sacrifice for success?

Bedtime Dialogues - 3 One Act Plays by Dennis S. Martin

Life's most meaningful dialogues don't occur in courtrooms or in the hallowed halls of government. More often than not they occur between two people within the private confines of the bedroom. Bedroom Dialogues explores the ins and outs, ups and downs, celebrations and sorrows of everyday life, love and understanding that touches all of our lives.

Saturday, January 18, 2014
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

11:00 AM: Bethesda by Jennie Berman Eng
directed by Miriam Bazensky
When a disgraced diplomat returns with his family to Bethesda after a scandal abroad, he finds allies and forgiveness are difficult to find.

1:00 PM: Victorious by Jacy D’Aiutolo
directed by Kwame bey Kenyatta
In the world of professional football, a power struggle is emerging behind the scenes between a team's long-time general manager and the new coach. Victorious is an examination of loyalty, ambition, and the price of triumph, set against the backdrop of America's favorite sport.

3:00 PM: Under the Poplar Trees by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
directed by Ryan Howe
Two prisoners, one an idealist, the other a realist, become friends, and long after their days at Dachau, one is haunted by the lively spirit of his old companion.

Saturday, January 04, 2014
11:00 AM
BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

Lifetime Contract by Chuck Smith, directed by Deborah and Rodney Bonds

We Happy Few by Jimmy Monack, directed by Brandyn Ashley

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Falling off the Edge – Scenes from Eight New Plays

Falling off the Edge – Scenes from Eight New Plays, will be presented as part of Free Fall Baltimore by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival on Thursday, October 24th at 8 p.m. at the Vagabond Players Theater, 806 S. Broadway, Baltimore 21231. A reception will follow the reading. All seats are free; if you want to reserve a space, you can do so here.

Miriam Bazensky directs. Scenes from the following new plays will be presented:

  • Expiration Date by Dennis Martin
  • In the Ramble by Mardee Bennett
  • King of the Stoop by David Ebenbach
  • Lifetime Contract by Chuck Smith
  • Mt. Vernon Quartet by John Conley
  • The Hope Slope by Marilyn Millstone
  • Two Rooms by Brett Busang
  • Under the Poplar Trees by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
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Monday, September 02, 2013
The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC
Baltimore Playwrights Festvial at Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival will present readings from its four productions in season 32 at Kennedy Center's 12th Annual Page to Stage. Excerpts from Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy by S. Ann Johnson, When The Letter Writers Have All Died by Tricia Schwab, The Rainbow Plays by Rich Espey, and Countdown to the Happy Day by Thomas W. Stephens will be performed at the Kennedy Center.

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Sunday, April 01, 2012
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Season 33 Submission Season

From April 1st through July 31st, 2013, playwrights can submit plays to be evaluated for season 33, with public readings and full productions in 2014. To submit a play, please see our submission instructions.

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Auditions for Season 32 Productions

Auditions start at 7:00 PM for all of the festival's 2013 productions (plays and producing theatres to be announced.) Please prepare a memorized 2 minute monologue for the audition, and bring 6 copies of your headshot and resume.

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - The Truth and Consequences of War by Charles Durgin, directed by Josh Shoemaker
  • 1:00 PM - Unworthy of Love by Michael Reimann, directed by Miriam Bazensky
  • 3:00 PM - Affair of Honour by Will Reed, Directed by Michael Tan
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Public Board Meeting and Play Reading
  • 7:30 PM - BPF board meeting, open to the public
  • 8:30 PM - The Desert by Jacquelyn Bengfort, directed by Micah Chalmer

There will be a discussion with the audience and playwright after the play reading.

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Monday, March 18, 2013
PASSPORT: a staged-reading for the people of Kenya

Last August, the Baltimore Playwrights Festival produced Passport, a new play by local playwright Kevin Kostic. Critically acclaimed, the piece told the story of an international aid worker trapped in a hotel room during the violent 2007 Kenyan election that left over 1,100 people dead and 600,000 displaced.

Kenya is now in the midst of its next national election. Even with a massive turnout on March 4th, the process thus far has been predominately peaceful. Analysts though fear that disputed results or a potential run-off election could lead to renewed tribal violence.

In order to stay connected with Kenya, Kostic and the show’s director, Barry Feinstein, are organizing a staged-reading of select scenes from Passport at the Fells Point Corner Theatre. In addition, a speaker on Kenyan issues will be on hand to lead a post-performance discussion. As part of the evening, funds will be collected to support Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) general emergency outreach in the region.

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Saturday, March 09, 2013
Messiah Lutheran Church
1025 S. Potomac Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 1:00 PM - The Gin Baby by Sarah Shaefer
  • 3:00 PM - Fifteen Men in a Smoke Filled Room by Colin Crowley
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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:30 AM - The Good News by Matthew Buckley Smith, directed by Kwame Bey
  • 2:00 PM - The Prognosis by Patrick J. McGeever, directed by Steve Goldklang
  • 3:00 PM - Peep Show by Ivan Taub, directed by Rodney Bonds
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Public Board Meeting
  • 7:30 PM - BPF board meeting, open to the public

(The public reading of The Desert by Jacquelyn Bengfort, which was previously scheduled to take place after this meeting, has been postponed and will be rescheduled.)

Saturday, February 09, 2013
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - Unprotected by Amy Bernstein
  • 1:00 PM - Not Another Damn Coming of Age Story by Sharon Goldner
  • 3:00 PM - The Bra Plays by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - Someone Close to You by Melissa Borgerding
  • 1:00 PM - Playful Poe by The Playwrights Group of Baltimore
  • 3:00 PM - Spring Chickens by Dennis Martin
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Public Board Meeting and Play Reading
  • 7:30 PM - BPF board meeting, open to the public
  • 8:30 PM - The Senior and the Computer by Nancy Henley

There will be a discussion with the audience and playwright after the play reading.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - Acts of Contrition by Pat Montley
  • 1:00 PM - Oscar Wilde in America by Steven Levingston, directed by John Sadowsky
  • 3:00 PM - The Lonely Guy by Kevin Brian, directed by Sharon Weaver
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Public Board Meeting and Play Reading
  • 7:30 PM - BPF board meeting, open to the public
  • 8:30 PM - Better Off Without You by Andrew Hager

There will be a discussion with the audience and playwright after the play reading.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - Dulce Lumen by Robin Cuddy, directed by Steve Goldklang
  • 1:00 PM - Devils In Jersey by Jack Wibbe, directed by Richard Barber
  • 3:15 PM - Rapture by Gerard Marconi, directed by Hilary Mazer
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Public Board Meeting and Play Reading
  • 7:30 PM - BPF board meeting, open to the public
  • 8:30 PM - Thin Eggshell Syndrome by Trish Cole

There will be a discussion with the audience and playwright after the play reading.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - Hot Off The Presses by Tim Robinson
  • 12:30 PM - The Clergyman's Whore by Tim Robinson
  • 2:00 PM - Countdown To The Happy Day by Thomas W. Stephens

There will be a discussion with the audience and playwright after each play reading.

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Sunday, April 01, 2012
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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Season 32 Submission Season

From April 1st through September 30th, 2012, playwrights can submit plays to be evaluated for season 32, with public readings in late 2012 and early 2013, and full productions in 2013. To submit a play, please see our submission instructions.

Sunday, September 23, 2012
31st Season BPF Awards

Our 31st Season awards party will be held at the theatre of the Vagabond Players at 7 PM on Sunday, September 23rd.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Load of Fun Theatre
120 North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201
Auditions for Passport by Kevin Kostic

Theatrical Mining Company announces auditions for Passport by Kevin Kostic, on Wednesday 5/16 at 7:30pm at the Load of Fun Theatre (120 W North Ave, Baltimore MD 21201)

Run Dates: August 9-26

All roles open. Audition will be reading from scripts

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Monday, May 07, 2012
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Auditions for Shana Unsettled and Following Sarah

Fells Point Corner Theatre announces auditions for "Shana Unsettled" and "Following Sarah" on Monday and Tuesday, May 7 & 8 at 7:00 PM.

Run Dates: Shana Unsettled - June 22 - July 15 (rehearsals starting immediately), Following Sarah - Aug. 3 - 26

All Roles are open. Audition will be reading from scripts.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
LOAD OF FUN ARTS
120 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201-5813
Auditions for Hired Gun by Mark Scharf

Auditions for Theatrical Mining Company's Baltimore Playwrights Festival production of Mark Scarf's Hired Gun will be held at Load of Fun Arts on Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm. Please bring headshot/resume and any conflicts. Actors will be asked to read from the script. For any questions please contact the director, Stacey Bonds, at [email protected]

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Monday, April 16, 2012
Auditions for Season 31 Productions

Auditions start at 7:00 PM. Please prepare a memorized 2 minute monologue for the audition, and bring 6 copies of your headshot and resume.

Five theatre companies, producing a total of seven plays, will be present at the audition.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - I Love My Wife, But Oh, You Kid... by Ray Hamby
  • 1:00 PM - Room 101 by Melaki King
  • 3:00 PM - The Amendment by Amy Bernstein
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Public Board Meeting and Play Reading
  • 7:30 PM - BPF board meeting, open to the public
  • 8:30 PM - Reprieve by Carmela Lanza-Weil
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Saturday, March 17, 2012
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - Salvation Road by D.W. Gregory
  • 1:00 PM - Hamlet Bound and Unbound by Andrew Rothkin
  • 3:00 PM - Punctuated Equilibrium by David Allyn
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Saturday, March 10, 2012
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - Raising David Walker by Peter Snoad
  • 1:00 PM - Lethal Injection by Michael Reimann
  • 3:00 PM - Our Lady of Sandwich by Mario Baldessari and Keith Bridges
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Saturday, February 25, 2012
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - The Breath of Enceladus by Scott Gilmore
  • 1:00 PM - The Luckiest Girl by Kitty Felde
  • 3:00 PM - The Plataeans by Alex Gammno
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Public Board Meeting and Play Reading
  • 7:30 PM - BPF board meeting, open to the public
  • 8:30 PM - Holler by George P. Tilson, directed by Patricia Woolsey
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Public Reading "Marathon"
  • 11:00 AM - Strangers by Stanley C. Gabor
  • 1:00 PM - Secret Life by Stephen Kilduff
  • 3:00 PM - The Rainbow Plays by Rich Espey
Friday, August 09, 2013
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Sunday, September 01, 2013
Sojurner Douglass College Theater
200 N Central Ave
Baltimore, MD 21202
(production by Heralds of Hope Theater).
Countdown to the Happy Day by Thomas W. Stephens

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 4:00 PM

Directed by Percy Thomas

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Leclerc Hall
4701 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210
(production by Theatrical Mining Company)
When The Letter Writers Have All Died by Tricia Schwaab

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM

Directed by Barry Feinstein

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Friday, July 05, 2013
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Rainbow Plays by Rich Espey

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM. One Thursday night performance on July 18th at 8:00 PM.

Directed by Lisa Davidson

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Leclerc Hall
4701 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210
(production by Theatrical Mining Company)
Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy by S. Ann Johnson

Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM. One Thursday show July 11th at 8:00 PM.

Directed by Tyrone Requer

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Friday, August 10, 2012
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Sunday, September 02, 2012
Sojurner Douglass College Theater
200 N Central Ave
Baltimore, MD 21202
(production by Heralds of Hope Theater).
The Last Shall Be First by Percy Thomas (Season 31 Production)

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM.

Directed by Percy Thomas

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Friday, August 03, 2012
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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Following Sarah by Rich Espey (Season 31 Production)

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 7 PM, plus two Thursday night shows on August 9th and August 23rd.

Directed by Anne Shoemaker

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Thursday, August 09, 2012
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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Passport by Kevin Kostic (Season 31 Production)

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM.

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Friday, August 10, 2012
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Saturday, August 25, 2012
The Things We Do... (Season 31 Production)

An evening of one-acts, featuring:

  • Protest by Adam Meyer
  • A Good Brain is Hard to Find by Rebecca Wyrick
  • Replay by Mark Scharf

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM Directed by Lynn Morton More information

Friday, July 20, 2012
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Sunday, August 05, 2012
Lethal Injection by Michael Reimann (Season 31 Production)

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM.

Directed by Larry Pinker

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Hired Gun by Mark Scharf (Season 31 Production)

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM

Directed by Stacey Bonds

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Friday, June 22, 2012
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Sunday, July 15, 2012
Shana Unsettled by Ronda Cooperstein (Season 31 Production)

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 7 PM. Thursday performances on June 28th and July 12th.

Directed by Janel Miley

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