King of the Seventh Grade by Rich Espey — final developmental reading on July 17 at Strand Theatre

Come and see the revised and final staged reading of King of the Seventh Grade by Rich Espey tomorrow, Monday July 17th at 7:00 pm. The playwright and director will lead a conversation following the reading, with Rich discussing his changes from the earlier version. This production is produced by Rapid Lemon Productions at The Strand Theatre and is directed by Alice Stanley. Get more information about buying tickets and parking at

Jay is a teacher being forcibly retired, and he’s invited every former student to one final, inspirational class. But only Kenya shows up, and she is more interested in rectifying the past than being inspired. Secrets are revealed, old wrongs are righted, and a surprise snowfall helps soothe two battered souls.

Rich Espey is a playwright, actor and teacher living in Baltimore. He has been honored with more than 80 productions of his plays throughout the United States and the UK. Rich is a three time winner of the Carol Weinberg Award for best play at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival and has been honored three times with an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting by the Maryland State Arts Council. He has served as a Playwright Mentor for Center Stage’s Young Playwrights Festival and has taught playwriting there as well. Rich has formerly served as the Baltimore region representative for The Dramatists Guild of America, as Chair of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and as Board President for Single Carrot Theatre.

King of the Seventh Grade by Rich Espey
directed by Alice Stanley
developmental staged readings with revisions

July 17
Rapid Lemon Productions at The Strand Theatre
Mondays at 7 pm
The Strand Theatre
5426 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
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