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Bob Bartlett plays include A Home By The Sea; Lýkos Ánthrōpos, an exploration of lycanthropy recently produced in the woods of Central Maryland; Union, a new play about Walt Whitman's years living and loving in Washington, DC, during the Civil War; The Regular (2022 O'Neill Finalist; 2020 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference); E2, an adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's Edward II which recently premiered at Maryland's Rep Stage; The Orbit Of Mercury (2017 O'Neill Finalist); Swimming With Whales (1st Stage - six 2019 Helen Hayes Award nominations); happiness (and other reasons to die) (The Welders); and Finding Fauci (Transformation Theatre). His play Bareback Ink, a queer reimaging of the Ganymede myth, recently had a run at NYC's Hard Sparks, directed by Obie-winner David Drake. Recently, Bartlett has been producing his own site-specific work: his play The Accident Bear had a successful run in the Avenue Laundromat in Downtown Annapolis; during the first year of covid, he staged his play Three Strangers Sitting Around A Backyard Firepit At Two In The Morning Listening To Bruce Spingsteen's Nebraska in his backyard; he recently staged his horror play, Lýkos Ánthrōpos, in a wooded clearing in central Maryland; his romcom Love and Vinyl will run throughout the summer of 2023 at KA-CHUNK!! Records in downtown Annapolis; and he wrote the covid-inspired, twelve-episode Duck Harbor with EM Lewis for 1st Stage in Tysons which aired in 2021. Bartlett won the 2021 USM Board of Regents Faculty Award in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, and is recent past chair of The National Playwriting Program (NPP) of KCACTF (Region 2), a two-time recipient of the Individual Artists Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council, an affiliated artist with the National New Play Network, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is a founding member of The Welders, a DC-based, producing playwrights collective who were recognized with the 2016 John Aniello Award for Emerging Theater Company by theatreWashington's Helen Hayes Awards. Bartlett teaches playwriting, screenwriting, and dramatic literature and theory at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland and earned his MFA in playwriting at Catholic University of America. (bob-bartlett.com)

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New Romantic Comedy LOVE AND VINYL to be Presented In Downtown Bastrop Record Store

Get ready for a captivating and intimate theater experience with 'Love and Vinyl,' a new romantic comedy being staged at Astro Record Store in downtown Bastrop. Join Bogie and Zane as they discover love and vintage vinyl in the digital age, all while exploring the charming stories within the record store.

Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Hadi Tabbal & More to Star in THE WINTER'S TALE at Folger Theatre

Tickets are now on sale for The Winter’s Tale at Folger Theatre! The Winter's Tale is Shakespeare romance that takes audiences on an exhilarating journey, weaving together a series of complex relationships.

Review: LOVE AND VINYL at KA-CHUNK!!! Records

For a variety of logistical reasons, immersive or environmentally-staged theatre, in which the audience is seated in the midst of the action, is rarely undertaken. Prior to seeing the show I'm reviewing, the only such performance I recall was in college at Salisbury University. An ambitious directing student chose a scene from Sean O'Casey's 'The Plough and the Stars;' transformed the black box theatre into the tenement house where the play takes place and sat the audience members at various places therein.

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PLAY IN A RECORD STORE?! World Premiere Comedy To Be Staged In Downtown Annapolis Record Store

Maryland-based playwright and long-time professor of theatre at Bowie State University Bob Bartlett is no stranger to staging his work in unusual locations. During Covid he staged one of his plays in his backyard, and last fall premiered his new play about werewolves, Lýkos Ánthrōpos, in a wooded clearing on a farm in Central Maryland.

Signature Theatre is Accepting Submissions For SIGWORKS: MONDAY NIGHT NEW PLAY READING SERIES

Signature Theatre will continue its commitment to new work by presenting the eighth annual SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings. Under the leadership of Signature's Director of Artistic Development Anika Chapin, this initiative highlights and supports the work of DMV playwrights and is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment.

Scott Barrow, Kathleen Chalfant & More to Star in HERE THERE ARE BLUEBERRIES at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Shakespeare Theatre Company has announced the cast and creative team for the upcoming production of Tectonic Theater Project's Here There Are Blueberries. 

Signature Theatre Now Accepting New Play Submissions for SIGWORKS: MONDAY NIGHT NEW PLAY READINGS

Signature Theatre is accepting submissions for original and unpublished full-length plays (no musicals) from now through August 15, 2022. Playwrights must currently reside in Virginia, Maryland or DC. Only one submission per playwright.

The Welders to Present CROSSROADS, DETOURS, & EXITS

The Welders, a collective of DC-area playwrights presents the third production of the third cohort's tenure and their first in-person production.

1st Stage Announces The Cast Of DUCK HARBOR Web Series

On June 1, 1st Stage premiered the immersive new web series, Duck Harbor, and revealed the cast to the world and each other.

1st Stage Announces DUCK HARBOR A New Web Series

1st Stage has announced a brand-new web series, Duck Harbor, the clever, humorous, and heartwarming story of long-distance love in later life.

Signature Theatre Accepting New Play Submissions For SIGWORKS

Signature Theatre continues its commitment to new work by presenting the sixth annual SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings Series. This initiative highlights and supports the work of DMV playwrights and is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment.

1st Stage Announces Brand New Virtual Masters' Class Series Beginning On May 15

1st Stage has announced its brand-new series called the Masters' Class, beginning May 15 and spanning an inspiring array of new topics in theatre and performance.

Everyman Partners With Baltimore City Equity And Civil Rights Office

Everyman Theatre Managing Director Marissa LaRose announced today the first event born out of the new partnership between Everyman and the Baltimore City Office of Equity and Civil Rights (BCOECR). The House That Holds Us, slated for August 28 at 7 pm, will be the culminating event of the week-long BCOECR Fair Housing Film Festival.

1st Stage Announces Season Updates and Programming Additions

Keeping in mind the health and safety of their staff, performers, and patrons, 1st Stage has decided to begin its next season in February of 2021. Join 1st Stage in February, April, and May for three fantastic full-length productions, and in July 2021 for the return of the groundbreaking Logan Festival of Solo Performance.

Seven Devils Playwrights Conference Goes Virtual in 2020

The future of the American Theater may suddenly be top of mind for theater makers, everywhere, but for the team at Seven Devils New Play Foundry (Formerly id Theatre, Inc.), the future of the American Theater has always been the focus.

Forbidden Love and Royalty: Dueling Themes in E2 at REP Stage

Clearly, the story of a king who would, legally speaking, seem like the safest person in the land, but who nonetheless is slain, as is his lover, because their relationship is considered taboo, seems facially like a perfect vehicle to provide that treatment. But it simply isn't, or at least not without more work. There are too many complications unique to a royal situation, as this play cannot help showing.

Rep Stage To Produce World Premiere Of E2 By Bob Bartlett

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 27th season with the world premiere of a?oeE2,a?? written by Bob Bartlett and directed by Joseph W. Ritsch.

BWW Review: SOUVENIR at Rep Stage in Columbia - You'll Laugh Till It Hurts!

It was exactly ten years ago I first saw Stephen Temperley's SOUVENIR at Baltimore Center Stage which starred Tony Award winner, Judy Kaye. I could not imagine seeing a better version of it ever. But, I was wrong. The Rep Stage version is just plain spectacular and the two actors who perform here, Grace Bauer and Alan Naylor are just plain marvelous.

BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS at Rep Stage in Columbia - It's a Sheer Delight!

When I left the Studio Theatre at the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College in Columbia where the Rep Stage is housed, I went up to Director Joseph W. Ritsch with a big smile on my face. He told me he wanted to end their season with a comedy that audiences would enjoy. Well, mission accomplished!

Signature Theatre Accepting Submissions For 2019/20 Season SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings

The Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre continues its commitment to new work by presenting the fourth annual SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings Series. This initiative highlights and supports the work of DMV playwrights and is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment.

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