About the Author: 8 Playwrights
A Short Comedy Festival at CCBC Essex Academic Theatre invites you to meet the creative minds of our eight exceptional playwrights who have conjured up uproarious tales. From seasoned veterans to fresh voices bursting onto the scene, each playwright brings their unique flair and comedic genius to the stage.

Playwright Barry BoehmBarry Boehm
has been active in the theatre and performing arts since his professional debut as an actor at age nine. He has worked as both an actor and director around the Midwest, Chicago, San Francisco and New York City. He holds a BFA in Drama from Illinois Wesleyan University and did his Ph.D. in theatre at the Graduate Center of City University in New York. His play Naptime at Polly’s, was staged in New York in 1995. Another Queer spooky short piece similar to MATES IN SPACE! entitled Eat, was part of the Spooky Queer Shorts at TOSOS at The Flea in Tribeca. His full length play Our House had a public reading at TOSOS as part of the Cresley/Chambers Reading series in March 2023. He was born walking distance of the Mississippi River and now lives walking distance of the Hudson. Barry is currently finishing up a new play Those OGGs in Hoboken and a few new Queer Spooky shorts for TOSOS’ upcoming festival with the hope that with enough of these short Halloween-themed pieces completed, they might be combined into a full evening of Queer Spooky entertainment. He is also in discussion with a New York company to stage Our House in 2025.


Playwright Ryan CarterThis is Ryan Carter’s last semester here at CCBC and he’s so excited it’s going out with a bang. He’s previously been in Small Mouth Sounds and Little Shop of Horrors on the Essex campus. Ryan is so incredibly proud of the entire cast and crew for bringing this festival to life. He wants to give a special thank you to Julie Lewis, Terri Raulie, and Maya Conneally for always believing in him, even when his ideas are a little out there. Please enjoy the show and especially enjoy Prepartum Prom.



Conor Casey draws from a colorful life journey to craft darkly comedic tales that resonate with audiences. Introduced to the works of iconic playwrights like Behan, Synge, and Wilde during his formative years in Ireland, Conor initially dabbled in writing for comedy troupes in Boston before rediscovering his passion during the pandemic. Since then, Conor has seen five of his plays come to life on stage, earning recognition such as the top prize at the Celtic Calling Playwriting Competition for his piece The Pangs of Ulster. Alongside his artistic pursuits, Conor serves as a representative in the Vermont General Assembly, channeling his appreciation for storytelling into both his legislative work and his thought-provoking narratives that explore the intersection of politics and human experience.


Playwright Adrienne DawesAdrienne Dawes (she/her/hers) is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and teaching artist originally from Austin, TX. Her plays, including AM I WHITE, TEEN DAD, and THIS BITCH: ESTA SANGRE QUIERO, have been developed/ produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater, Theatre Bedlam, New Harmony Project, The Fire This Time Festival, Theatre Lab at FAU, Queen City New Play Initiative, Stages Repertory Theatre, Teatro Milagro, National Black Theatre, and English Theatre Berlin, among others. Adrienne received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and studied sketch & improv at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. Recent honors include: Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Alice Judson Hayes Fellow at Ragdale Foundation, and artist residencies with Colt Coeur, PlySpace, & Crosstown Arts. Just before the WGA strike, Adrienne staffed on her first TV show, writing for a limited series for Hulu/ABC Signature (EP: Ellen Pompeo).


Playwright Jayline FigueroaJayline Figueroa is a second year student at CCBC. She is finishing her AFA in Theatre this year. You might have most recently seen Jayline in Airness as Cannibal Queen last Fall here at CCBC. Jayline is excited to debut her first produced play/musical, and to participate and act in the comedy festival!




Playwright Marshall Logan GibbsMarshall Logan Gibbs is a Baltimore-based playwright with several produced plays: SCAM ARTIST and NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY (Truest Ethos Theatre Company) and ABSTRACTED (Dover Little Theater). Other readings and collaborations include Valdez Theatre Conference, Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, Baltimore Playwrights Festival, Lumos Players, and the Maryland Theatre Collective. As an arts educator, Marshall has worked for the Chesapeake Arts Center, Everyman Theatre, and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. Marshall holds an AFA degree in Theatre/Performance from CCBC with additional training at Hussian College Los Angeles. Critics have called their characters “relatable, human despite their flaws, and fully fleshed out” and their dialogue “110% believable.” They are a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.


Playwright Broadus Nesbitt IIIWhat originally started out as a comedic exercise for class is now being featured in the comedy festival here at CCBC. Broadus Nesbitt III is a west Baltimore native who has a passion for acting and content creating. For the past few years he has been writing plays, web series and plans on writing his first feature length film this year. He is the founder of Undaunted Productions LLC. Although the company has not yet released any films or other works, it is on its way to releasing its first web series. When Broadus isn’t writing, he is usually acting. You may have seen him in Little Shop Of Horrors where he was the puppet for Audrey II. Maybe it was in The Underpants as Theo Maske. Or maybe you saw him outside of CCBC in the 2023 10x10x10 Festival at Fells Point Corner Theater. Or in one of his proudest performances, being Stick Fly or Kill Move Paradise at Arena Players. Broadus would like to thank his family and friends, as well as CCBC and Julie Lewis, for bringing his piece to life.


Playwright Ken PreussKen Preuss is a Florida-based writer who became a teacher to guarantee an audience 5 days a week. His plays have been produced in Australia, Canada, China, England, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Thailand, and all 50 States




See A Short Comedy Festival April 18 – 23 at CCBC Essex, Arts and Humanities Hall, Studio Theatre.

Performance Dates:  April 18 at 11:10 a.m., April 19, 20 at 7 p.m., April 21 at 3 p.m., April 22 at 10 a.m., April 23 at 12:45 p.m.
General admission $10, Seniors, Students, CCBC Faculty/Staff/Alumni $5, FREE for CCBC Students with current ID
Purchase tickets online at www.ccbctickets or call the Box Office at 443-840-ARTS.


View blog https://tinyurl.com/blogcomedyfestival2024

CONTENT WARNING: These plays are intended for adult audiences. They contain strong language, representations of violence, and content not appropriate for young viewers.

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