Small House, No Secrets– a new musical by Jody Nusholtz and SONiA disappear fear (Sonia Rutstein) to be read Saturday, March 24, 10:30 am at Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann Street

On March 24, Small House, No Secrets, a new musical by Jody Nusholtz and SONiA disappear fear (Sonia Rutstein) will be read at 10:30 am at the Fells Point Corner Theatre. 251 S. Ann Street, as part of The Baltimore Playwrights Festival Season 37 Play Development Readings. There will be a talk-back after the reading. Readings are free and all are welcome. Street parking is available as well as a nearby paid parking lot at Pratt and S. Ann.

Liz is already unraveling when she and her boyfriend Harry arrive at her cousin Eric’s for Thanksgiving dinner. Expecting a marriage proposal, Liz enlists Eric’s help in deflecting the question, but bigger questions arise when a stranger stopping by turns out to be the lesbian ex-lover Liz wasn’t ready for in her freshman year of college. The past comes crashing back, the truth comes tumbling in, and secrets are served instead of dinner. Characters face issues of sexuality, loyalty, family, religion, and the inescapable self.

Jody Nusholtz is a writer and communication arts professor at Carroll Community College, where she is also the lead coach for the college’s inFocus Success Coaching. Her ten-minute play Saving Mrs. Goldfarb was produced as part of the Baltimore 10×10 Festival in 2011. Her play Back to Baltimore was given a directed reading as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival in 2006. She has also published poetry in The Whirlwind Review, Maryland Poetry Review, Kalliope, and Sojourner. Jody has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies: Creative Writing and Psychology of Transformation, from Union Institute and University, and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

SONiA disappear fear (Sonia Rutstein) is a world class composer and artist. She is the recipient of the Coin of Honor from a joint coalition of United States military for her humanitarian music. She received the GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian Music Awards) for Female Artist of the year and the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian American Anti-Defamation) Award for Best Album. Writing songs in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, German and in multiple genres from blues to Middle Eastern to country-western and folk, she reaches song lovers around the globe. She received the Spirit of Folk Music Award 2017 by the Folk Alliance International. SONiA’s latest double CD LIVE at MAXiMAL was in the first round running Grammy for Folk Album of the year and received the nomination for Best Live Album by the IMA Independent Music Awards (USA). She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her partner and wife, Terry Irons.

Arnold Moves In by Andrea Fine Carey to be read Saturday, February 24, 12:00 noon at The Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street

Arnold Moves In by Andrea Fine Carey, directed by George Andre Tittle, will be read on Saturday, February 24, 12:00 noon at The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street, as part of The Baltimore Playwrights Festival Season 37 Play Development Readings. There will be a talk-back after the reading. Readings are free and all are welcome. Some street parking is available as well as metered parking and parking lots in the Charles Street/ St. Paul Street Corridor.

What do you do when your father comes to visit for a few days and won’t leave? When her mother dies, Sarah opens her home to her beloved widowed father Arnold. But his visit wears thin as he takes over her house–and her life. The more she gets to know him, the more she realizes that he’s not such a great guy after all; in fact, he’s driving her crazy. Then Sarah’s mother turns up as a very unwelcome ghost. How is Sarah going to get rid of them?

Andrea Fine Carey developed project management training for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.  After leaving federal service, she started her own consulting company and worked with some really horrible and some really wonderful people. Lately she’s been creating training for lawyers to help veterans get their full benefits but her real passion is theater and playwriting. Her first play Happy Family with Mushroom was selected by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival for a staged reading. Her last production JUMP won first prize at Fells Point Corner Theatre’s 10 x 10 competition. Andrea is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

 

Empires by Jeff Dunne to be read Saturday, January 13, 10:30 a.m. at The Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street

Empires by Jeff Dunne, directed by Miriam Bazensky, will be read on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:30 a.m. at The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street, as part of The Baltimore Playwrights Festival Season 37 Play Development Readings. There will be a talk-back after the reading. Readings are free and all are welcome. Some street parking is available as well as metered parking and parking lots in the Charles Street/ St. Paul Street Corridor.

A peerless assassin, sent to end the rule of a cruel and selfish dictator, has been captured. Rather than killing the assassin, the Emperor is determined to convert him into a loyal ally by showing him the true nature of man, governance, and nature itself. As the assassin comes to know the Emperor better, the once-crisp line between good and evil blurs, and he must find a new approach to accomplishing his mission.

Jeff Dunne is an emerging playwright in the greater Baltimore area. His foray into script writing began about five years ago in the form of children’s plays, and expanded to full-length plays and shorter works. He has won several competitions and festivals, such as the Shawnee Original Playwright Series, Infinity Stage’s 10x10xInfinity, Weathervane Theatre’s 8×10 TheatreFest, and Rapid Lemon Production’s Variations Project. His full length plays have three scheduled productions in 2018, and two of them have been selected by Black Carpet Productions for adaptation to film.

Clearance by Vanessa Quinlivan, to be read Saturday, January 13th at 1 p.m. at The Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street

Clearance by Vanessa Quinlivan, directed by John C. Wilson, will be read on Saturday, January 13th at 1 p.m. at The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street, as part of The Baltimore Playwrights Festival Season 37 Play Development Readings. There will be a talk-back after the reading. Readings are free and all are welcome. Some street parking is available as well as metered parking and parking lots in the Charles Street/ St. Paul Street Corridor.

There’s been a terrorist attack, and through an improbable series of misunderstandings, Alice and Nicholas have become suspects. As they are interrogated, we explore the surreality of security theater and its parallels with the facades we often put up in our closest relationships. What begins as a dark comedy spirals into tragedy as unchecked power, irrational pride, and reactionary attitudes take their toll.

Vanessa Quinlivan moved to Baltimore in 2011 to attend graduate school. She would like to thank the Ph.D. program she attended at Johns Hopkins University for perhaps unintentionally training her to be a playwright as well as a biologist, since their standards for the comedic skits she would write for the annual department retreat were nearly as high as those for scientific publishing. Last year she moved beyond writing inside jokes for nerds and her first short play, Invisible, was produced by the Johns Hopkins University Witness Theater group as part of their Fall 2017 Showcase. She is also an actor and makeup artist for various theater organizations in Baltimore. Recent performances include Rufus Drawlings’ Smack ’em in the Snout at the 2017 Charm City Fringe Festival, Rachael Cory and Asylum with the JHU Dunbar-Baldwin-Hughes Theatre Company, and Sarina Redzinski’s You’re in Trouble and so is the Neighborhood with Tentative Digital Theatre Co.

Consent by Glennyce Lynn ♦ original public play reading Saturday, November 18 at Spotlighters Theatre, noon

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival is pleased to announce the first public play reading of our 37th Season. Consent, written by Glennyce Lynn and directed by George Andre Title, will be read this Saturday, November 18, 2017, at The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre at 12 pm, 817 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21202. Metered street parking and parking lots are available nearby. This free reading will be followed by a talkback.

In a near, yet very changed, future, where civilians volunteer to undergo traumatic medical testing in exchange for “favors” from the government, two doctors find themselves on lockdown with their belligerent patient, and are forced to confront the very nature of their work:
– Does the given consent absolve them of the horrors of their work?
– Is informed consent still consent if all you’ve done is make it impossible to say “no?

Hope to see you on Saturday!