BALTIMORE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL The 28th annual BPF continues its season this week with the Write Here Write Now fundraiser at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson June 27 at 8 p.m. For 7x10, seven 10-minute plays from local playwrights will be given stage readings, including Rosemary Frisino Toohey's "Having Fun," Rich Espey's "Messages Deleted," Mark Scharf's "Off the Grid," Leo Horrigan's "Revovler," Terry Kenney's "Leaping Lizards," Mike Strang's "The Imperfect Hour," and Lindsay Reed's "Gateau." For more information visit baltplayfest.com--and don't forget Dan Baum's Bloodlines, currently in production at the Fells Point Corner Theatre.
OUTDOOR SHAKESPEARE Summertime Baltimore means hot, humid days, but it also means fun, outdoor productions of William Shakepeare works by a number of local companies. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company kicks off its summer production of Twelfth Night--the venerable, gender-bending comedy of mistaken identities--June 26 at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City (see chesapeakeshakespeare.com for more info). Over at the posh North Baltimore grounds of the Evergreen Museum and Library, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival presents Michael Carleton's adapted version of Shakespeare's workhorse tragedy Hamlet June 26; it runs through July 26. Visit baltimoreshakespeare.org for more details.
AUDITIONS The Fells Point Corner Theatre is holding auditions for its September production of Terence McNally's Love! Valor! Compassion!, to be directed by Fuzz Roark, on Wednesday, June 24, from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, June 27, from noon-3 p.m., at FPCT's 251 S. Ann St. home base. Bring headshot and resume; questions: FUZZ@spotlighters.org.
OPENING The Strand Theater continues its Friends and Neighbors Festival with Alex Hewett's Graveyard Bride June 26-28.
CLOSING The Vagabond Players production of William H. Smith's The Drunkard-or the Fallen Saved ends June 28. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's production of Cyrano de Bergerac ends June 27 at the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. And Charley's Aunt concludes its run at Essex's Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, CCBC Essex campus, June 27.
Correction: This feature incorrectly identified Steven Soderbergh's film The Girlfriend Experience as an IFC Films release. Though it was offered via video-on-demand simultaneously with its theatrical release, it was released by Magnolia Films. City Paper regrets the error.