BloomingPlays Festival in B-town 

For 30 years, the Bloomington Playwrights Project has been developing and presenting new plays, entertaining and challenging audiences while helping Indiana playwrights hone their craft. From May 14-30, the BPP presents its BloomingPlays Festival, a culmination of months of play development, with fully staged performances.

The festival, created in conjunction with the Indiana Theater Association, features plays of various lengths, from 10 minutes to full length -- it's a boggling amount of theater all in the cozy confines of the Bloomington Playwrights Project at 107 W. Ninth St. Each play has been run through a development process that includes numerous rewrites, with input from actors, directors and audience members.

Too many performances to mention here, but one good bet is BloomingShorts, six of the best new short plays in one performance (May 14, 8 p.m., plus numerous subsequent performances: see full schedule). Another good bet is the final day of the Festival, May 30, when you can spend the entire day watching every single play: 2 p.m.-1 a.m.

Tickets are $15 general, $12 student/seniors (with $5 student rush tickets available five minutes before show time); festival passes: $30 general, $24 students/seniors (three tickets for the price of two); BloomingPlays In the Dark: $5 at the door (no advance sales). Tickets can be purchased at the Sunrise Box Office, online at or call 812-323-3020. For a full schedule and information about each play, see

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