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.