Compass Rose Theater of Annapolis will debut a New Play Festival May 17, 18 and 19, 2013 by presenting a diverse mix of staged readings and featuring Lee Blessing, an award-winning playwright, as the keynote speaker on Saturday evening, May 18.
The festival will include a play written by Compass Rose student, Hannah Geib; a reading of Freefall by frequent BPF playwright Mark Scharf; a play for young audiences by local playwright Dan Baum; and a Page to Stage presentation by local life story authors. Selections of Lee Blessing’s play, Eleemosynary, the most recent production in the Compass Rose season, will be presented Saturday night as part of the keynote evening.
For more information visit Compass Rose Theatre's web site.
BPF Playwright Rosemary Frisino Toohey is getting many of her plays produced this year:
Gladys In Wonderland, produced in the BPF in 1999, is being produced this weekend April 25-28, at the Colorado City Opera House in Colorado City, Texas.
Frozen Fishsticks will be done by Drip Action Theatre Company in this year's Arundel Festival in Arundel, England, August 17-24. This is a festival where they do a bunch of plays in all different spots in this town in England.
In The Tank (now produced more than 50 times) will be done at Ontario High School, in Ontario, California 5/15. Both Frozen Fishsticks and In The Tank were produced as part of Seafood Buffet by the BPF in 2001.
10-18-02 is in New York's 15 minute play festival at the American Globe Theatre on W. 46th in Times Square this Sunday, April 28, at 8:00 PM.
Congratulations to her for all of these productions!
Steven Levingston, whose play Oscar Wilde In America was given a public reading in 2013, writes about the experience of writing a new play in The Washington Post. The Baltimore Playwrights Festival plays a wonderful role in the story.
The Baltimore Playwrights Festival's 2012 productions of Mark Scharf's Hired Gun, Rich Espey's Following Sarah and Kevin Kostic's Passport have received multiple nominations for the BroadwayWorld Baltimore Awards! You can see all the nominees and vote for the winner here!
Nominations for Hired Gun:
- Best Actor in a Play (Non-Equity): Rodney Bonds and Tucker Foltz
- Best Actress in a Play (Non-Equity): Sarah Eberhart
- Best Direction of a Play or Musical: Stacey Bonds
- Best Lighting Design: Charlie Danforth
- Best New Play or Musical: Mark Scharf
Mike Ware, a member of the cast of Hired Gun, was also nominated for his roles in Darwin in Malibu and Cabaret.
Nominations for Following Sarah:
- Best New Play or Musical: Rich Espey
- Best Direction of a Play or Musical: Anne Shoemaker
Nomination for Passport:
- Best New Play or Musical: Kevin Kostic
Congratulations to the winners of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival Awards for season 31:
The Carol Weinberg Award for Best Play
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Read all about it at MD Theatre GuideSee photos of the event
Stephanie Durnford is offering free writing classes in her "Guinea Pig" session. For more information visit her web site at http://visibleandreal.wordpress.com/. Her description of the class:
We are all storytellers.
We tell stories about who we think we are. We tell stories about who we want to be. We tell stories about where we’re going.
Visible and Real writing classes aren’t just about writing. They aren’t about being a writer. They aren’t about becoming someone we aren’t. Instead, it's about seeing our lives and our selves as they truly are. It's about watching our minds in those quiet moments when we slow down. Incorporating meditation/prayer/silence with writing practice, Visible and Real writing classes are a non-religious dive into what comes out on the page when we simply show up and move out of the way. Our lives are busy. We don’t create space to see how those stories shape our days, and our relationships, and the way that we live our lives. What would happen if you allowed yourself to see your story? To truly see it and allow yourself to shape the story of your life?
What could you create? Join me to find out.
Amanda Gunther of DC Metro Theatre Arts loved Following Sarah. An excerpt of her review says it all:
Espey’s work is poetic; each of the girl’s creates a strong personality on stage, coming together to form a very solid notion of what life and the pressures of prep school are like. His scenes are nothing short of creative genius, often delving into the subconscious emotions of the characters through imaginative instances; conversations shared with ghostly apparitions or anthropomorphism of a single running shoe. His work is detailed and captivating, drawing the audience into the stories of these girls’ lives. Director Anne Shoemaker does an incredible job of compartmentalizing everything that is happening on the stage.
Mike Giuliano of the Baltimore Sun gives Hired Gun a rave review:
...zestfully exploring the musical melodrama exploding like an angry guitar riff. This well-written play knows how to set up a confrontational situation that's destined to end up with a guitar being wielded as, er, a battle ax.
Bill Costanza's play Postcards, which was given a reading by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival in 2007, will be produced by the Detroit Repertory Theatre. The production will open on January 10, 2013 for a 10-week run. Congratulations to him!
Congratulations to frequent BPF Playwright Mark Scharf (whose play Hired Gun will be performed by Theatrical Mining Company in this year's BPF Season)! His play Fortune's Child, which was an O'Neill semifinalist and Great Plains Theatre Conference Lab Play in 2010, will have a free staged reading at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.Continue reading
Fells Point Corner Theatre is presenting "10x10" featuring ten ten-minute plays, each by a different playwright. Many of the same playwrights who participate in the BPF are also part of 10x10. This review by City Paper's Laura Dattaro features a play by Sharon Goldner, who had a play read this year in the BPF public readings.
On April 14th, 2012 Arena Players, Inc. will be recruiting 100 volunteers to help us fix and clean up the Playhouse. They are building a new Black box theater on the third floor of our venue, and are presently searching for volunteers and donations of paint. 20 gallons of flat black paint and 20 Gallons of flat white paint are needed. They also need lots of black curtains (legs or otherwise) and various other items (see below.)
Call 410-635-0887 to register as a volunteer or donate.Continue reading
The last weekend of this month, the alumni of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (where Mario teaches classes in comedy) will be producing Our Lady of Sandwich, a comedy he wrote with his friend, Keith Bridges. Our Lady of Sandwich had a public reading at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival's "marathon" session on March 10th. The play takes place in Sandridge, North Carolina, a small Southern town that finds itself suddenly turned “head-over-Tarheels” when a diner waitress says she and her best friend were visited by the Virgin Mary. The only thing more bizarre than the reported apparitions are the comical events they set into motion around the town – pitting locals against sightseers, Baptists against Catholics, and truth against fiction. The story provides a funny, yet thought-provoking, look at the nature of miracles.
Show times are March 29 @ 8 pm, March 30 @ 8 pm, March 31 @ 3 pm and 8 pm, and April 1 @ 3 pm.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. To reserve seats, call 202-333-2202. (There will be a suggested donation of $10 at some perfs. )Continue reading
The Oberon Theatre Ensemble will present a staged reading of Mark Scharf's play The Whispers of Saints on Sunday, March 25th at 7 p.m. at The Lambs (America's First Professional Theatre Club - est. 1874) located at 3 W. 51st Street, New York City.
The Whispers of Saints won both Best Play and Best Production in the 2002 Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
The Baltimore Playwrights Festival is proud to announce that The Chick Files by local playwright Sharon Goldner, will receive an independent reading at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 10th, at The Strand Theater, as part of their Second Saturday Reading Series. The event is free of charge, and open to the public. There will be a discussion with the playwright following the reading, at which audience members are encouraged to give their feedback.Continue reading
Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13. His production company, Davenport Theatrical, offers a Script Coverage Service, which aims to provide writers working on new plays or musicals with dramaturgical feedback from a Broadway producing professional, as well as advise on the piece's commercial potential and possible next steps.
For more information, see http://www.davenporttheatrical.com/submissions.html.
Morgan Jenness, currently a Creative Consultant representing playwrights at Abrams Artists Agency, has also worked in various capacities from literary manager to associate producer at the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop and as a dramaturg, workshop director, artistic consultant and teacher at theaters, play development programs and universities across the country. She will bring her wealth of expertise to PlayPenn with this workshop to provide perspective on what thrills, frustrates, and inspires the people you send your work off to. Beginning with participants' short writing samples, this one-day workshop is designed to help playwrights break through their particular writing challenges and move forward towards their best work. The class will take place on February 25th.
For more information, see http://playpenn.org/class_jenness.html.
The Baltimore Playwrights Festival congratulates Adam Meyer, Mark Scharf and Rosemary Frisino Toohey, all alumni of the BPF whose works will receive independent productions in New York, Maryland and Virginia this month.Continue reading