Fourteen Days In July by Lewis Schrager

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM.

For fourteen days in July 2000, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met at the Camp David presidential retreat in an attempt to hammer out terms of a historic agreement to end the conflict between their peoples. In his new drama, Fourteen Days in July, Lewis Schrager draws from Ambassador Dennis RossÍs recounting of those negotiations, documented in his classic memoir The Missing Peace, to create the first staged production of those dramatic, and ultimately failed, negotiations. Fourteen Days in July presents a unique glimpse into the strategy and psychology of the key players in the negotiation, including Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel, Yasir Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, President Bill Clinton, and Ambassador Ross, U.S. Envoy to the Middle East and President ClintonÍs chief peace negotiator, as they struggled to overcome generations of hostilities, myths and grievances to reach a comprehensive peace settlement. The failure of these negotiations, as dramatized in Fourteen Days in July, provides a sobering reminder of how tragically close a peace agreement once had been, and a hopeful reminder that, with good will and trust on both sides, an end to this seemingly endless conflict is, in fact, achievable.

Lewis Schrager

Fourteen Days in July represents Lewis SchragerÍs third staged dramatic production. Others include LevyÍs Ghost, the story of Commodore Uriah Levy (Baltimore, 2005), and Shadow of the Valley (St. Paul, MN, 2005). Schrager also has published a dozen short stories in literary journals including South Carolina Review, Southwestern American Literature, South Dakota Review, Cottonwood, Bryant Literary Review, Colere, and Quiddity. He lives in North Bethesda, MD, with his wife, Frances, and children, Elana and Alec. Schrager is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and serves as vice president of Scientific Affairs for Aeras, a non-profit biotechnology firm committed to developing vaccines for tuberculosis.

Under the Poplar Trees by Rosemary Frisino Toohey

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

Two prisoners in the concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, one an idealist, the other a realist, become friends despite their differences. Meyer, the realist, longs for the courage to kill himself and bring an end to his misery, but the imaginative Josef is in love with life and everything in it, especially women.

Many years later, Meyer is living in the States with his wife, Clara, and he frequently finds himself lost in memories of his friend. He remembers how they sang together, how Josef coaxed him to dream, how they endured endless hours together standing at roll-call. Most of all he remembers how Josef died, wounded by the guards in a futile attempt to keep another prisoner from killing himself. He perished at the hands of the SS doctors in one of their ñmedicalî experiments and Meyer regrets how angry he was with his friend on that last awful night.

The spirit of Josef, meanwhile, does live on. Josef enjoys the company of the beautiful Desiree, but he re-visits his old friend often, always battling for a ñbetterî Meyer.

MeyerÍs grandson, Aaron, is a journalist writing about Holocaust survivors and he pleads with the old man to relate what he remembers. Aaron argues that every year there are fewer living survivors and that Meyer needs to tell what he remembers of Dachau before itÍs too late. But Meyer is adamant. Angry and bitter, he dismisses Aaron, refusing to share his concentration camp memories with anyone.

Then, Clara dies, and when Aaron visits his grandfather to express his condolences he tells Meyer that his as yet unborn child will be named after her if itÍs a girl. But Aaron says if itÍs a boy, heÍll name the child after Josef. Meyer finally recognizes his responsibility to tell JosefÍs story.

And JosefÍs spirit? Still loving life, he lives on.

Rosemary Frisino Toohey

Her first play was produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. Since then sheÍs had more than 175 productions of her work from New York to New Zealand and has won the Next Generation Playwriting Contest in New York, the Baltimore PlaywrightsÍ Festival (twice) and the Oglebay Institute National Towngate Theatre Contest (twice.) SheÍs also made Finalist in a dozen other national competitions including the Julie Harris Playwriting Awards, the Heideman Award, the SART Scriptfest, FutureFest in Dayton, and the Arts and Letters Prize. Six Frisino Toohey plays are now published and her work is included in the collections of dozens of university libraries from Harvard to the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. SheÍs won several Artist grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and is a member of The Dramatists Guild. When not writing she anchors on all-news 99.1 WNEW Radio and works frequently in film and on TV. ThereÍs more at: http://www.frisinotoohey.com/.

The Soulman’s Soul by Joycelyn Walls

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM.

The SoulmanÍs Soul is a two-act, fictional, musical play based on the life of Gospel, Pop & Soul Singer, Sam Cooke. Set in 1950s & 60s Chicago, The SoulmanÍs Soul follows the life of a popular, young black man who attains extreme celebrity singing Gospel, while desiring to cross over to Pop music.

The Play chronicles his struggle to gain acceptance in White AmericaÍs music forums while giving you a glimpse at his determination to be the Master of his own destiny, the powers that wanted to control his success, and the women that would do anything to be in his bed.

Joycelyn Walls

Joyce Walls is a Morgan State University graduate who developed her love of Theatre accidentally while working with and finally being trained in Stage Lighting and Set Design, by the late, great Clinton ñCJî Johnson.

The mother of 2 fine gentlemen, Joyce began writing more than 20 years ago after watching her eldest son’s imagination come alive so vividly that she felt compelled to capture it in the form of a children’s story. As a result, she has several children’s stories currently being illustrated for publication.

Her love of writing grew as she tried her hand at writing novels and scripts for stage and screen.

Joyce is also the Founder and CEO of a Non-profit Organization she started to support Adults with Autism. Her youngest son has Autism.

Advised early in his development that she would have to be prepared to create what he needed to prevent him from falling between the cracks of society, she recognized a societal need and set into motion her contribution to a solution, îThe Joy of Life Developmental Institute, Inc.î.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of her The Soulman’s Soul novel will be donated to the organization.