Mark Scharf’s “The Whispers of Saints” in New York City

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.

BPF Alumna Gets Reading at The Strand 3/10/2012

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.

Then a series of monologues exploring women’s lives, The Chick Files originally received its first public reading as a part of the BPF’s season last year. "The reading I had last year was extremely helpful," Ms. Goldner says. "I rewrote the script from top to bottom based on what a few of the audience members suggested." The play now features characters that interact more with each other in a group therapy setting, allowing the audience a glimpse into their every-day lives.

Born and bred in Baltimore, Sharon Goldner began writing while in high school, and has had over 30 short stories published in literary journals across the country and in England. Switching her focus from short stories to plays within the past few years, Ms. Goldner appreciates the opportunities to hear her plays read afforded to her by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and The Strand’s Second Saturday series. "Writing is a very solitary process, and having the opportunity for a reading gives me a sense of accomplishment, like the readers got it, they understood what I was trying to do, the story I was trying to tell. That is worth its weight in gold."

The production will be directed by Miriam Bazensky, award-winning director and Vice Chair of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, who, since directing the original BPF reading of The Chick Files, has become a great supporter of Ms. Goldner’s work.

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

The Breath of Encladus

Samy, an introverted gay University Professor of Algerian descent, is pushed into the world of online dating by his well-meaning friends. SamyÍs ex-boyfriend and best friend, Jamie, throws himself into the ever evolving gay cyber culture with abandon. Their friends, Mo and Trish, a lesbian couple, struggle with their convictions and the legal limitations imposed on their relationship. SamyÍs cousin LoundjaÍs work as a global human rights activist makes her acutely aware of her loss of privacy. The Breath of Enceladus by Scott Gilmore is a tale of struggle, discovery and determination in the brave new world of courtship, sex and terror.

Scott Gilmore is a member of ActorÍs Equity and British Equity. Scott has been acting professionally since the age of six, directing since the age of twenty and was Artistic Director of the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West for many years. After studying in New York, he currently lives in Takoma Park, Maryland and is focused on playwriting. He has directed many productions in Key West, London and regionally throughout the U.K.

The Luckiest Girl

The Luckiest Girl, by Kitty Felde, tells the story of Tahira, who is moving to Holland with her Gran, an attorney for the United Nations International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The move is difficult _ Tahira is shorter than the other kids, she doesnÍt speak Dutch, and then she discovers thereÍs no American-style Christmas in Holland. Instead of jolly old St. Nick, kids wait for Sinterklaas _ a bishop who arrives from Spain on a boat. The SintÍs companion is the politically incorrect jester in blackface Zwarte Piet. Tahira _ like all the Dutch kids – falls in love with Piet. Her grandmother is horrified. Tahira and her grandmother battle over stereotypes and tolerance, and ultimately, over GranÍs decision to separate Tahira from her drug addicted mother.

By day, she covers Capitol Hill for public radio. But in real life, Kitty Felde is an award-winning playwright. Plays include a courtroom drama about the Bosnian war, A Patch of Earth, winner Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition; an adaptation of a trio of short stories by Nikolai Gogol, Gogol Project, winner 2009 LA Drama Critics Circle Award; even a one-woman show with a ghost Alice, an evening with the tart-tongued daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, winner of the Open Book/Fireside Theatre Playwriting Competition. Alice played to sold out houses at Washington’s Capital Fringe Festival last summer. Felde co-founded Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood and ran the playwriting program at HOLA Youth Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Plataeans

Why do we honor dead soldiers? Is a country’s history its virtue? Alex Gammon explores these questions in his play The Plataeans. After a long siege, the citizens of Plataea surrender themselves and their city to the Spartans. The Plataeans soon realize that the surrender parley is in fact a capital trial they cannot win. When the hated Thebans arrive to press the case for the destruction of the city and the deaths of its people, the trial becomes an open-air courtroom argument over the use, and the usefulness, of the past.

Alex Gammon grew up in Northern California and graduated from St. JohnÍs College in Annapolis. He has been a gas station attendant, a mosquito control field inspector, and a fourth grade teacher. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and their son and their cat. There are a few places heÍs lived that he likes better than Baltimore, and several that he likes worse. The Plataeans is his first play.