Countdown to the Happy Day by Thomas W. Stephens

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 4:00 PM

Directed by Percy Thomas

Countdown To The Happy Day is a two-character drama that depicts, in gritty street language and with occasional grim humor, the unlikely involvement of Gertie, thirties/ forties and a self-inflicted street person, and Cervin, a hulking fifteen-year old, both of whom are African American. From their initial encounter on a nighttime city street, the two are chary of each other and emotionally combustible. Gertie, a troubled Army vet, resists being drawn into the world of Cervin, a seventh-grade dropout. Their relationship, nonetheless, grows ever more overlaid, complex, and inevitable. In the play├Źs final moments they together chant a ├▒countdown├« to a happy day they both so crave and for which they continue waiting.

A former Shubert Playwriting Fellow, Tom Stephens has written dozens of plays, long and short. His plays have been produced or developed at numerous venues, including the National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene O├ŹNeill Theater Center (A Name for the Moon, 1993); Berkeley Stage Company; Source Theatre Company (first original play to be staged); Pittsburgh New Play Festival; University of Virginia; D.C.├Źs Capital Fringe Festival; Dallas Theater Center; American Conservatory Theatre; Audrey Skirball Kennis Theatre; Barter Theatre├Źs Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights; the John F. Kennedy Center├Źs Page to Stage Festival; and Ashland New Plays Festival. Honors include Actors Contemporary Ensemble Playwriting Award; Wheaton College Playwriting Competition Award; Doorway Arts Ensemble Playwriting Award; and the Charles M. Getchell New Play Award of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Tom is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

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When The Letter Writers Have All Died by Tricia Schwaab

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM

Directed by Barry Feinstein

Lori comes to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to connect with the father she never met and to be alone in the presence of others. She meets Andrew, a college student doing research for a paper. When he tries to strike up a conversation, Lori appears to be uninterested in being friends with him. But Andrew persists and Lori finds herself looking forward to spending time with him.

As their friendship develops, Andrew discovers Lori├Źs secret, and he├Źs troubled by what he learns. He├Źs not sure he can bear losing Lori, whom he cares about, so soon after meeting her. Andrew decides to share his own battle with depression in order to save Lori from her inner demons.

Interwoven with the stories of others who visit the wall, Lori and Andrew├Źs story is about finding their individual paths to healing.

Tricia Schwaab is delighted to have her first full-length play produced as part of the Baltimore Playwrights├Ź Festival. When she is not writing, she fancies herself a freelance editor. As an avid drinker of both coffee and tea, she likes to think she gets her inspiration from more than the caffeine. She is currently at work on her next full-length play.

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Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy by S. Ann Johnson

Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM. One Thursday show July 11th at 8:00 PM.

Directed by Tyrone Requer

Little Miss Mabelle would describe her maternal grandfather as a sweet, old man who makes her laugh and spoils her rotten. So the Sick Stories her family members share about him must be figments of their imagination, right? Wrong. In Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy, the drunken past conflicts with the docile present of a husband, father–and Gentle Granddaddy.

  1. Ann Johnson is a professional writer and editor born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a BA in journalism from Penn State University and a MS in professional writing from Towson University. By day, she is a web producer for WJZ-TV/CBSBaltimore.com. By night, she is a performing artist. She most recently starred in her first musical: The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Strand Theater Company, where she is a board member. Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy is her second penned play. Her first: The XX Chromosome Genome Project, a multicultural choreopoem that will be featured in Artscape 2013 on July 19 at the Baltimore Theater Project.

The Rainbow Plays by Rich Espey

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM. One Thursday night performance on July 18th at 8:00 PM.

Directed by Lisa Davidson

The Rainbow Flag that symbolizes the gay pride and gay rights movement was created more than thirty years ago. In its current version the flag consists of six horizontal stripes, each of which has a symbolic meaning: red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunshine), green (nature), blue (harmony) and purple (spirit). The first six plays in this collection each address one of those themes; the seventh play incorporates them all into one.

In The Last Blackberries of Summer, Menika works to convince Leah that bringing new life into the world is their calling. In Hoya Saxa, David offers healing to Poss, the quarterback he decked, as he tries to figure out who Poss really is. Tennessee sunshine overpowers fluorescent motel room lights as Marta struggles to convince Cyn to go through with their very public wedding in a very dangerous town in Choreography of Cyn and Marta. Bang Day shows Maria torn by her boyfriend Luke├Źs and her girlfriend Rain├Źs two very different views of nature and the universe. In Messages Deleted, Sam, Mark and Gene achieve a painful harmony on the most difficult day of their lives. Catch of the Day bears witness to the playful spirit of two women (and a fish) in a flirtatious pas de deux. Finally, Zoo Story 2.0 weaves together all six concepts as Bob and Buttercup, two male penguins, struggle to love freely in the Central Park Zoo.

Rich Espey├Źs plays have been produced throughout the United States. Recent highlights include Three Andys produced by Single Carrot Theatre and Stand Up!, a monologue included in CENTERSTAGE├Źs ├▒My America├« project. Rich is a three time winner of the Carol Weinberg Award for best play at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival for Fifty-Fifty, Hope├Źs Arbor, and Following Sarah. Rich is the Baltimore Regional representative of the Dramatists Guild, a member of DC├Źs Playwrights Gymnasium and the Playwrights Group of Baltimore, has served as Chair of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival and just completed a four-year stint as President of the Board of Single Carrot Theatre. He has taught playwriting at CENTERSTAGE and teaches at The Park School of Baltimore. Check out samples of his work and a production history at http://www.richespey.net/.