BPF Play Development Workshop Readings

11:00 AM: Shadows of Men by Colin Crowley

Directed by Barry Feinstein

It’s Spain, 1937 and the Spanish Civil War is raging. Enter a laundry list of American celebrities, eager to take up the cause of the Spanish Republic. For one of these, however – novelist John Dos Passos – attention soon towards to his friend, José Robles, who has mysteriously disappeared during the struggles and turmoil of the conflict. Dos Passos quickly becomes obsessed with finding his dear friend – an obsession which grates on the nerves of his literary colleagues, especially the acerbic Ernest Hemingway, who finds Dos Passos’s focus on friendship rather pedestrian when democracy itself is at stake. Dos Passos, however, remains single-minded in his pursuit, despite the all-encompassing, ever-maddening whirlwind of war, ego, and ideology swirling around him – but the end of his journey may take him to a destination he never wanted to visit.

1:30 PM: Feeding the Furies by Andrea Markowitz

Directed by Miriam Bazensky

Aspirations run amok when Ruthie and Marty Furie attempt to live the 1960s American Dream that glorifies upward mobility, domineering husbands, and obedient wives and children. While Ruthie and Marty are successful at keeping up with the Joneses, their marriage is rife with conflict and they can’t control their counterculture kids. The family airs their differences in their favorite restaurant, where it becomes apparent that they all hunger for more than what’s on the menu.

Colin Crowley

Colin Speer Crowley is a playwright-lyricist who has written a variety of dramatic works, including three musicals, seven straight plays, and a few screenplays. His work has been presented throughout the United States, including California, Washington, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Louisiana, Colorado, Kentucky, and New Jersey. Plays and screenplays by Crowley have been winners or finalists in over 30 national and international contests since 2010 and songs to which he’s written the lyrics have been performed in musical revues in London. Most recently, Crowley has had the pleasure of seeing his work performed in theatrical capitals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Off-Off-Broadway and London’s Covent Garden. Crowley is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Lambs Club, the Playwright’s Center, and Phi Beta Kappa and also served as President and founder of the theatrical group Speerhead Theatricals, Inc..

Andrea Markowitz

Andrea Markowitz became hooked on theatre at age seven, when she saw her first Broadway show. She earned degrees in English literature, musicology and psychology, and enjoyed careers in advertising, human resources, academia, and freelance writing before authoring “Feeding the Furies,” her first play.

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11:30 AM: Happy Family with Mushroom by Andrea Carey

Directed by Hillary Mazer

Three siblings meet in a rundown Chinese restaurant to continue an annual tradition to honor their dead mother. Dad has recently died, and they bicker over everything–from dividing the estate to ordering dinner–with comic exasperation. The conservative, self-righteous Rachel clashes with her free-spirited, vegan, yogi baby sister, Melissa. Meanwhile, their hapless brother, Jake, a frustrated, unpublished writer, struggles in vain to keep the peace. Before appetizers arrive, the petty squabbling erupts into a vicious attack and a mean-spirited disclosure of an old family secret, forcing a critical showdown.

1:00 PM: In the Closet by Siegmund Fuchs

Directed by John Wilson

The play opens with three men entering a closet. All three are in there for vastly different reasons and eagerly await the arrival of John, who joins them in the closet immediately following his first gay sexual encounter. As all three men try to convince John to “come out of the closet,” each man has to confront his own reasons for being there.

Andrea Carey

Andrea Fine Carey is a refugee from federal civil service, where she developed project management training for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of Homeland Security. She recently escaped to focus on writing plays, studying French, and spending time with friends and family. Andrea grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland and currently lives in Bethesda with her amazing husband, Howard Carey–her source of inspiration, encouragement, and tough criticism as needed.

Siegmund Fuchs

Siegmund Fuchs is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but now lives in Washington, D.C. His first play, Never Turned Out To Be Four Months, premiered at John Carroll University in 1998, and received two subsequent staged readings. His second play, A Night Out At The Movies, received two staged readings in 2002. He has been practicing law since 2004. His latest work, In The Closet, completed in 2015, is his first script in over ten years. In The Closet was a finalist in the 2015 Elitch Historical Theater Playwriting Contest in Denver, Colorado, the 2015 Giant Cherry LGBT Playwriting Competition in London, England, and the 2015 Playwrights Roundtable Competition in Orlando, Florida.

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11:00 AM: (Verb) a play on words by Seth Freeman

Directed by Steve Goldklang

A single word leads to a commotion then a complex legal battle, disrupting lives and dividing a community. Most of these events actually happened, once upon a time, in an American city. But that that was then. And this, as things unfold in (verb) a play on words, is very much now.

Seth Freeman

Seth Freeman’s plays of varying length have been presented at over a hundred twenty theaters and festivals in the United States and around the world. He has written for print (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, California Magazine, Stars and Stripes, The Hill), screen and television, for which he created the series Lincoln Heights. His work has received multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, Writers Guild Awards, Christopher, Peabody, P.E.N., First Amendment, Humanitas and numerous other recognitions for playwrighting, journalism, film and television writing. He contributes his non-writing time to community and international organizations focused on education, health care, the empowerment of women, and human rights.

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1:00 PM: The Hope Slope by Marilyn Millstone

Directed by Miriam Bazensky

Julie is an accomplished, attractive, single woman of thirty-eight with two key things missing from her life: marriage and motherhood. She’s hoping that both these things will happen with Josh, her boyfriend of the past six years and with whom she’s now living. Enter Marissa, Josh’s adult daughter from his first and only marriage, a troubled young woman with no job, no aspirations and no place to live. When Josh gives Marissa permission to move in with him and Julie, a host of troubling questions quickly arise: What does love really require of us? Is goodness sometimes weakness in disguise? What’s the Fairy Godmother doing here? And whose wedding day is it, anyway?

Marilyn Millstone

Marilyn Millstone’s first full-length play, The Sculptress, was produced by Fells Point Corner Theatre as part of the 2011 Baltimore Playwrights Festival; the BPF awarded it third prize in the categories of Best Play and Best Production. Her first ten-minute play, Compos Mentis, was selected for production at the 2015 Chagrin Valley Little Theatre 10-10 Play Festival. A monologue from her second full-length play, The Hope Slope, was selected by NYC-based troupe Hudson Warehouse for a performance at their Valentine’s Day Monologue Festival in February 2015. Two of Marilyn’s “micro” plays – Intermission and The Engagement – were selected for the One Minute Play Festival at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland in July 2015. A published poet, essayist and journalist, Marilyn’s writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Bethesda Magazine, Symphony Magazine and American Style, among other publications. She is currently pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Spalding University in Louisville, under the mentorship of playwrights Charlie Schulman and Kira Obolensky. A proud member of Playwrights Forum and the Dramatists Guild of America, Marilyn resides with her husband Bill Apter in Kensington, Maryland.

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1:00 PM: In the Closet by Siegmund Fuchs

Directed by John Wilson

The play opens with three men entering a closet. All three are in there for vastly different reasons and eagerly await the arrival of John, who joins them in the closet immediately following his first gay sexual encounter. As all three men try to convince John to “come out of the closet,” each man has to confront his own reasons for being there.

Siegmund Fuchs

Siegmund Fuchs is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but now lives in Washington, D.C. His first play, Never Turned Out To Be Four Months, premiered at John Carroll University in 1998, and received two subsequent staged readings. His second play, A Night Out At The Movies, received two staged readings in 2002. He has been practicing law since 2004. His latest work, In The Closet, completed in 2015, is his first script in over ten years. In The Closet was a finalist in the 2015 Elitch Historical Theater Playwriting Contest in Denver, Colorado, the 2015 Giant Cherry LGBT Playwriting Competition in London, England, and the 2015 Playwrights Roundtable Competition in Orlando, Florida.