Upcoming Season 40 readings

BPF has 3 more Zoom readings scheduled. (Links will take you directly to Zoom room on reading day)

June 5 1PM

Ellie by Bruce Bonafede

Ellie centers on two older men — brothers — who are mourning the death of one of their wives. But their mourning escalates into a confrontation that brings their lifelong love-hate relationship to a shattering climax. A play about crime, punishment, and the end of the patriarchy. Directed by Timoth David Copney.


June 19 1PM

The Two of Us by Brad Mendenhall

“Okay?” “Fine!” With those words, Madi and Casey end their lifelong friendship. Two of Us is a two-act comedy about what happens when loved ones disconnect and how different people deal with similar experiences. There is also a conversation with a pineapple, so something for everyone. Directed by Jenna Buzard.


June 26 1PM

Camp Mannuppia: An Alt-Masc Comedy by John Bavoso

In the early aughts, deep in the unspecified woods, there is a summer camp where gender non-traditional, overly theatrical, and borderline agoraphobic teenage boys are taught to become real men… or so their parents think. When two new newbies arrive and turn everything on its head, can they come to terms with each other and their own identities in time to make it out of the forest in one piece?  Directed by Andre Tittle



All readings will be followed by discussion with actors, playwrights and directors.  Readings and discussions will be posted on BPF YouTube channel.

Season 40 readings


Come to the first two virtual readings of Season 40 from the Baltimore Playwrights Festival

Saturday Mat 22 11:00 Couponista written by Barbara Barnow and directed by Tom Piccin

Saturday May 22 11:45 Ruth written by Tom Piccin and directed by Miriam Bazensky

Ruth Summary: As Ruth’s health declines and her dementia worsens, she and her daughter Sarah struggle to maintain a connection, and each tries to make the other understand what’s really important in life.


Q&A and discussion with the cast, playwright and directors immediately following each reading.


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Season 41 officially closed!

The submission period for this year is officially closed. Thank you to all the talented creatives who submitted entries to us. We don’t take any of you for granted and are, as ever, so grateful for your support and interest. We can’t wait to get started reading your work! Keep writing and keep the faith!


The Baltimore Playwrights Festival is looking for directors and actors to participate in readings of the submissions for our delayed 40th season slate of exceptionally well-evaluated plays. The readings will take place approximately from May 15th to June 15th, typically involve just a couple of rehearsals, and will be virtual for the most part, though we are looking into safe venues to perform small cast plays live. Interested? Great! POC AND FEMALE IDENTIFYING PERSONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY! Email [email protected] for more info. ALL POSITIONS UNPAID.