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Baltimore Times writer finalist in playwright competition

Battle’s “Bunny Hunnies” to be performed on Sunday, February 22, 2014 at the Chesapeake Arts Center

Baltimore Times Staff | 2/21/2014, 6 a.m.
The cast of Ursula Battle's stage play comedy "Bunny Hunnies" Courtesy Photo

A 10-minute stage play comedy written by Baltimore Times writer Ursula V. Battle is a finalist in WCS Productions’ “I See Bunnies” 10-Minute Playwright Competition. Battle’s play, “Bunny Hunnies” is one of the four featured stage plays.

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Ursula V. Battle

The competition takes place on Saturday, February 22 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Chesapeake Arts Center, Studio 194, 194 Hammond Lane in Brooklyn Park, Maryland. The four plays will be judged by the audience and esteemed theater adjudicators.

“Bunny Hunnies,” is directed by Dr. Gregory Branch. The stage play features David Bell, Charles Carter, Kim Chase, Robert Dashielle, Terrell “Maleek” Elliott, Donna Freso, Dr. Tammi Rogers, Aaron Rowell, George Roycroft, and Terry Sapp. It is a comedy set within the fictional St. Claire Nursing Home where some elderly residents have set their eyes on some interesting “sights.”

The competition is being presented by WCS Productions. Entrants had to submit scripts with the line “I see bunnies” included. The competition is designed to expose new playwrights, original scripts and to promote innovative works.

Battle is a native of Baltimore and an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Coppin State University and also graduated from the University of Baltimore. She is also a graduate of the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland and Walbrook High School. She writes and presents original stage play productions through her company, Battle Stage Plays.

Past productions include: “The Teachers’ Lounge,” “DisChord in The Choir,” “FOR BETTER or WOR$E,” “Widows in The Hood,” “Jacob, Rachel & Leah,” “Noah’s Ark,” “Never Give Up,” “Abraham & Sarah,” “The Christmas Gift,” and “Mary and Martha.” Her hit stage play comedy “The ‘New’ Teachers’ Lounge” will be performed at the Randallstown Community Center March 22-23, 2014. It is also scheduled to be performed in New Orleans in June 2014.

Gregory William Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE is the director of Health and Human Services of Baltimore County. In addition to his academic and professional achievements, Dr. Branch has directed multiple stage productions including” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Dreamgirls,” “Spelling Bee,” “The Wiz,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Applause,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin.’”

Tickets to see “Bunny Hunnies” and the other three productions are $30. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.wcsproductions.com