BALTIMORE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL The 28th installment of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival launches this week as Fells Point Corner Theater opens Dan Baum's Bloodlines June 18. It's the first of seven productions in this year's festival, and includes Theatrical Mining Company staging Lisa Hodsoll's Turducken July 16, Fells Point Corner Theater putting on Rosemary Frisino Toohey's G-Man July 23, Catonsville Theatre Company producing Robin Rouse's Dancing Without You Aug. 7, Winters Lane Productions staging Kevin Kostic's musical Unraveled on the Gravel Aug. 13, and Theatrical Mining Company producing J.M. Dinson's The Ape on the Church Steps. The BPF ends with Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theater producing four one-acts: Lee Saperstein's "Leap Day," Julie Lewis' "Monitors on the Quad," Michael Stang's "Imperfect Hour," and Gina Young's "Salt Water." For more information visit baltimoreplaywrightsfestival.org.
OPENINGS Ms. Sunrize Highway hosts the dance, theater, and music revue Gay Expectations June 18 and 19 at the UB Student Center's Performing Arts Theater. The Strand Theater's Friends and Neighbors festival continues with Deborah Blank's The Manipulator June 19 and runs through June 21. Directors Andrew Rothkin and Rodney Reyes present the one-acts "Meredith's Ring" and "Anonymous" at the Theatre Project June 17. TheXperiment: hope--a theatrical performance mixing design, puppetry, and movement--hits Load of Fun June 18-20. Autumn Breaud, John Bylander, Theresa Columbus, Jane Taylor, and Liz Zacharia star in "Scenes" and "Bus Play" at the Annex Theatre June 18-20. Writer/director Nolbert Brown Jr.'s Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder hits the Lyric Opera House June 19-21. The comedy Charley's Aunt opens June 19 at Essex's Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, CCBC Essex campus.
CLOSING David Emerson Toney's The Soul Collector ends its world premiere run at Everyman Theatre June 21 with performances Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The 1891-set rock musical Spring Awakening ends June 21 at the Hippodrome Theatre. Catch-22 concludes its run at the Greenbelt Arts Center June 20. Smokey Joe's Café ends its run at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre June 21.