BPF mourns the loss of Debbie Bennett

Debbie Bennett, actor, designer, producer, former BPF Board Member and stalwart friend of Baltimore Community Theater, passed away on August 9, 2020. She was immensely talented. An interior designer by profession, Debbie brought to the stage a strong sense of clarity, balance, passion and humor, whether she was gracing the stage as an actor or bringing a play to life as a set designer and producer.

Debbie participated as an actor in countless BPF readings and served on our Board 2011-2013, developing for us a Strategic Business Plan. She had a wicked sense of humor, was kind, and had an unerring eye for beauty. Debbie attended The American Embassy School, studied Art History at Swarthmore College and Interior Design at The George Washington University.

Debbie acted in (among others) the BPF plays, Real Time by Mimi Teahan, Keeping the Faith by Carol Weinberg, Seafood Buffet by Rosemary Frisino Toohey, Turtle Soup by Anne Lefter, Willie Baby by Kimberley Lynne, Joe Dennison and Carol Weinberg, Amanda’s Line by Kathleen Barber, Miss Alice Plays by Rich Espey, Helena Troy by Rich Espey, and Frank Talk by Sharon Goldner. Debbie produced the BPF plays Dusting Belgrade by Ronda Cooperstein and The Blue Eye of Robert Oppenheimer by Victoria Danos. She designed the sets for Scorpions by Mark Scharf and Unraveled on the Gravel by Kevin Kostic.

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival is honored to have Debbie as part of the BPF family. She will be missed.

Evaluations of Season 40 plays are complete

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival, while closely monitoring COVID-19 impact and regulations for reopening, have completed readers’ evaluations of plays submitted for our 40th Season, and evaluations have been forwarded to all playwrights. We have not yet determined when or in what form we will be able to hold public readings of new plays. Like the rest of the world, we are waiting to see how the Pandemic will play out. Rest assured that we are enthusiastic about the new plays we have received, and although on “pause,” we will resume our mission to serve Maryland and DC playwrights just as soon as it is safe to do so.

Above all, we hope everyone stays safe during these challenging times. Let’s all take care of each other.

BPF’s Staged Reading Season Begins!

We are excited to kick off our season. “Moving Things Around” by Barbara Barnow will be performed on Saturday, Oct 12 at 11:00 am, with an audience talk-back to follow. The performance will take place at Function Coworking Community, 4709 Harford Rd, Baltimore MD 21214.

Mae has reached a threshold where she recognizes that her life can be summed up as “moving things around.” Though happily married, she walks out on her family hoping to sort things out and find a way out of her daily weariness. Away for a second night, she stops at a diner and meets Greg, a second-year law student who has become disillusioned with becoming a lawyer. In their night together, they share not only a tent but their thoughts on disappointment and the desire for more meaning in their lives.

Thank you for supporting the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and we look forward to seeing you there!