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Rosemary Frisino Toohey's Biography
Rosemary Frisino Toohey's plays have been produced hundreds of times and are included in the collections of dozens of libraries from Harvard to the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa.

But she came to theater only after a successful career in radio news, starting at WETT in Ocean City, moving to WITH in Baltimore, KLOK in San Jose, CA, and WHDH in Boston. She joined NBC’s all-news radio network “NIS” at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, where she met her husband Bill. She moved on to news-talk WMCA, anchored at all-news 1010 WINS in New York and strung for Radio 2WS in Sydney, Australia. After moving to Baltimore, Frisino Toohey anchored at WTOP in Washington and then WNEW.

Her first play was produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York in 1980. But then four children came along and with radio news anchoring, there were other demands to be met. In 1996, Frisino Toohey accepted WTOP’s offer to work full-time in morning drive, but in June ‘97, everything changed.

Driving to work at 4am one morning she was rear-ended at high speed on the Capital Beltway by a hit-and-run driver. She was hospitalized with serious injuries and the crash became a turning point. She and her husband decided she should commit herself to playwriting.

By early ’98, she had completed her first full-length play, Gladys in Wonderland. It was staged as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, is now published by Playscripts, Inc., New York, NY, and has been produced dozens of times in the US and Canada.

Eight of her other plays are also published, including her comedy about 2 philosophical lobsters, In The Tank, (Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, IL), produced more than 70 times from New York to New Zealand. Another comedy, Socks (Lazy Bee Scripts, Southampton, UK) about footwear left behind in a clothes dryer, has also been staged around the world.

Her award-winning drama on war, The Body Washer, has been produced several times in New York, as well as in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Kansas City and San Diego and had readings at the Kennedy Center and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

She’s won the British Theatre Challenge in London, the Next Generation Playwriting Contest in New York, the Baltimore Playwrights’ Festival (three times), the Oglebay Institute National Towngate Theatre Contest (twice) and made Finalist for the Heideman Award and the Julie Harris Playwriting Award among other national competitions.

Frisino Toohey has won grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for three of her full-length dramas: Under the Poplar Trees, G-Man and America's Cherry Pie, (originally titled School Shooter.) The playwright is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

In 2017 she went in a new direction, writing the book, lyrics and music of a musical comedy. Judy And The General will be produced at Spotlighters Theatre in Baltimore in the summer of 2018.

As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, she sometimes works in film and on TV. She’s been seen in Home, Rocket Science, Rocky Balboa,The Wire,Veep and House Of Cards among many others.

Rosemary lives in the lively neighborhood of Canton in Baltimore.

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