Baltimore Playwrights Festival

BEST BETS

July 06, 2000|By J. Wynn Rousuck

In keeping with this week's fireworks, the 19th annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival starts off with a bang this weekend with openings at three area theaters. "Dusting Belgrade," a drama by Ronda Cooperstein about a retired American journalist and a young photographer who travel to Belgrade, opens tonight at Fell's Point Corner Theatre. "Beltway Roulette," Mark Scharf's play about a woman looking for love along the Washington Beltway, opens tomorrow at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre. Indeed, tomorrow will be especially busy for Scharf, a festival veteran. Along with Sheilah Kleiman's one-act, "Up on the Roof," Scharf's one-act, "No Riders," is opening at the Howard County Center for the Arts, produced by the Directors Choice Theater Company.

Although the festival got off to a late start this year, it will continue into September. Here's the rest of the schedule: July 27-Aug. 13, "Juanita Bloom," also by Cooperstein, produced by Uncommon Voices Theatre Company at Fell's Point Corner; Aug. 3-20: "Hungarian Trilogy," by PS Lorio, Mobtown Players at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland; Aug. 4-26, "Animal Instincts," by Rosemary Frisino Toohey, Spotlighters; Aug. 11-27, "Freedom Summer," by Carol Weinberg, Vagabond Players; and Aug. 17-Sept. 3, "Ancient Geeks," by John Wallace Teahan, Fell's Point Corner Theatre.

Showtimes for "Dusting Belgrade," at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays and 2 p.m. July 22, through July 22; tickets are $11 and $12; call 410-276-7837. Showtimes for "Beltway Roulette" at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through July 29; tickets are $10; call 410-752-1225. And showtimes for the double bill at the Howard County Center, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 23; tickets are $10; call 410-313-2787.

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