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!

Free Fall Production A Success

Last night’s Free Fall event at Fells Point Corner Theatre was a rousing success–thank you to the playwrights providing short scenes from your recently-submitted plays. Seven actors, Dan Collins, Timoth David Copney, Gareth Kelly, Jenn Mikulski, Nikki Singh, Sharon Weaver, and McKinley Wallace pulled multiple duties covering the scenes, as directed by Miriam Bazensky and stage managed by Sharon Weaver. Marylee Barnes lit the stage and Kathleen Barber orchestrated the event.

Speaking of orchestration, there was a scene from a musical! All of the playwrights attended and were able to hear reactions from the full audience to their scenes. Here are the plays and authors, in order of presentation:

Paper News by Pat Carroll
The Ride by Craig Nelson
The Redemption of Rube Moats by A.J. DeLauder
Peteys Parade by Jerry Slaff
Empires by Jeff Dunne
Sheep in Wolves Clothing by Herman Kemper
Small House, No Secret by Jody Nusholtz (book and lyrics) and Sonia Rutstein (music and lyrics)
Arnold Moves In by Andrea Fine Carey

Our regular fall and winter Saturday free public readings of these and other plays submitted this spring will begin soon–get on our email list or watch this space for updates.