Four One-Act Plays at Hampden's Mobtown Theater Until Feb. 29

Source: Mobtown Theater

Mobtown Players present "Campfire Stories," an evening of creepy storytelling consisting of four one-act plays centering on mystery, love, lust and murder.

Performances take place at 8 pm Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays, through Feb. 29, at the Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill, 3600 Clipper Mill Road in Hampden.

The evening includes a tribute to the Centennial of the Great Baltimore Fire, which burned for over 30 hours starting February 7, 1904. Rich Espey, last year's winner of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival for best script, presents an explanation for the fire from the point of view of newspaperman H.L. Mencken in Mencken's Baltimore Ablaze. Ted Alsedek is featured as the irascible Baltimore commentator. The evening continues with the work of another legendary Baltimore writer, as Niji Ramunas narrates Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat."

Mobtown's artistic director, Ryan Whinnem contributes "The Myth of Orithyia," which presents a Rashomon-like depiction of death and jealousy. "You're Scaring the Children," written by Annapolis-based Robert Lenz and featuring Gareth Kelly, concludes the evening with a chilling tale of strange happenings.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; advance purchase is advised. Call 410-467-3057 or visit

The Mobtown Players are a non-profit theater company dedicated to making classic work and new plays accessible to a wide variety of audiences.

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This story was published on February 20, 2004.