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2016/17 Season

View photos, articles, and releases for the following productions:
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Nov 26–Dec 23)
  • The White Snake (Feb 24–Mar 26)
  • Twisted Melodies (Mar 17–Apr 16)
  • Jazz (May 19–Jun 25)

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $50,000 to Center Stage for the world premiere of Jazz, a new play written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Toni Morrison. More »
Center Stage is pleased to announce Michael Wiggins will join the theater’s leadership team as Director of Education. Wiggins is a veteran teaching artist, administrator, curriculum writer and program developer. More »
Center Stage is pleased to announce the cast and artistic team for Les Liaisons Dangereuses, its first production of the 2016/17 Season. More »
Hana S. Sharif, Director of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, on her vision for the production More »
Center Stage Announces Honorees for 30th Annual Young Playwrights Festival. Winning plays by students from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Harford County, Montgomery County, and Frederick County. More »
Works-in-progress to be presented in free, public readings directed by Center Stage Associate Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif and Rep Stage Co-Producing Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch. More »
As a year-long renovation begins at Center Stage’s downtown Baltimore home in January, the company starts a temporarily residency at Towson University with a contemporary production of Shakespeare’s popular comedy As You Like It, presented by an all-female cast led by award-winning director Wendy C. Goldberg, from Jan. 15 to Feb. 14. More »
Michael Ross to Return to Center Stage as Managing Director; current Managing Director Stephen Richard Announces Retirement. Center Stage, Baltimore’s premier regional theater, today announced that Michael Ross, its managing director from 2002 to 2008, will return on July 1, 2016 to join the theater’s leadership team. More »
Center Stage, Baltimore’s premier regional theater, announces a $32 million campaign that will transform the theater’s historic building. More »
New play about football, X’s and O’s, to begin performances at Center Stage: Nov. 13-Dec. 20. The NFL takes Center Stage in X’s and O’s, a new, ripped-from-the- headlines play about America’s love of football and the often traumatic impact the sport has on many of its players and families. X’s and O’s is the final production at Center Stage before building-wide renovations. More »
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Ali Fought for Change in America – Let's Celebrate Those on the Front Foot Today

Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah wrote a piece about One Night in Miami for The Guardian

Bob Marley Musical to Get UK Premiere

Birmingham Repertory Theatre announced its production of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, to be directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

A Play Timed to Trump’s Candidacy Asks What If

Center Stage and its involvement in the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Election Night Party was featured in in the New York Times

The New Play’s The Thing

Center Stage’s Director of Dramaturgy Gavin Witt was featured in American Theatre magazine

Fall Arts Preview 2016

Our 2016/17 Season lineup was featured in Metro Weekly

Rousuck Previews the New Theater Season

WYPR’s J. Wynn Rousuck previews the fall theater season on Midday with Tom Hall.

Center Stage’s Transformations

Baltimore OUTloud features our theater renovation and the upcoming season

Center Stage Play Lab on The Marc Steiner Show

WEAA’s Marc Steiner interviews Associate Director/Director of Dramaturgy Gavin Witt and playwright Larissa FastHorse about the Fall 2016 Play Lab

City Paper’s Best of Baltimore 2016 - Best Play For Bored Husbands: 'X’s and O’s' by Center Stage

City Paper honors our production of X’s and O’s with a “Best of Baltimore” award

5 minutes with Michael Ross, Managing Director of Center Stage

The Baltimore Business Journal interviews Managing Director Michael Ross

Baltimore Style Get Out: September

Baltimore Style features our 2016/17 Season

Michael Ross Returns to Center Stage in His Second Stint as Managing Director

Baltimore Fishbowl interviews Managing Director Michael Ross for the Big Fish column

Shakespeare's Tale of Love and Heroines in Disguise Set to Music

Leonard Lopate interviews Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah on WNYC New York Public Radio

Trenchtown to Sandtown

City Paper cover story connects Marley to current events in Baltimore

For the music of the Baltimore Uprising

The free concert at Penn and North by the 'Marley' cast is featured in the soundtrack of the Baltimore

Amy Herzog blends family history in two acclaimed plays at Center Stage

The Baltimore Sun profiles Amy, her uncle and the Herzog Festival at Center Stage

Actor Ashton Heyl on the emotional impact of Center Stage’s ‘After the Revolution’

Heyl, a 2014 Yale School of Drama grad, has the starring role in Amy Herzog's After the Revolution, one of two Herzog plays (the other is 4,000 Miles) being performed concurrently at Center Stage through mid-May

Baltimore STYLE Spotlights The Herzog Festival

Stage Left: Red-hot playwright Amy Herzog examines her politically charged family history without apology at Center Stage.

Black, British And 'Brain Drained': Playwright Takes Charge In Baltimore

Michal Martin interviews Kwame on NPR’s “Tell Me More”.

Kwame Kwei-Armah and Stephen Richard Reaffirm Commitment to Center Stage

The Baltimore Sun interviews Kwame Kwei-Armah on the announcement of his contract extension and the next few years for Center Stage.

Accents in their 'Pockets,’ Two actors tackle 15 roles in Center Stage production

The Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith talks to dialect expert Leigh Wilson Smiley about how versatile two actors learn a multitude of accents in a short amount of time.

For Sons of ‘Raisin,’ a Back-to-Back Duel

The New York Times speaks with Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah about The Raisin Cycle and Kwame's brand new play Beneatha's Place, premiering in May of 2013 and being performed in repertory with Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. The New York Times, May 2, 2013.

Center Stage Sets Sights on Joy, Fun: Artistic director Kwei-Armah's plan for the 2013-2014 season includes musicals, Shakespeare

The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith gets an exclusive look at Season 51 through the eyes of Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. This year, it’s all about the heart. The Baltimore Sun, March 11, 2013.

Center Stage Announces Participation in The National Civil War Projects alongside The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park and other theaters and universities nationwide

The National Civil War Project crosses traditional boundaries by uniting a range of academic and artistic perspectives through a unique partnership of four universities and five performing arts organizations including Alliance Theatre and Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts at Emory University in Atlanta, GA; American Repertory Theater and Harvard University in Cambridge, MA; Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and Center Stage in Baltimore, MD and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.

Read more on The National Civil War Project from these articles:

The Baltimore Sun
The Washington Post
The New York Times
The Boston Globe
Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
Harold Online
The Associated Press (NPR)

Watch a video of the official press conference here.

The Baltimore Sun: The Ripple Effect of the Arts

Kwame discusses the broad economic and cultural impact of arts institutions like Center Stage. The Baltimore Sun, February 11, 2013.

Amtrak Arrive: Staging The End of The Dream

Kwame discusses The Moutaintop and how he wants to extend the Center Stage theatrical experience beyond the theater doors. Amtrak Arrive, January 2013.

WYPR: Kwame Kwei-Armah speaks with Maryland Morning on MLK and The Mountaintop 

Baltimore’s Center Stage is presenting a play that imagines a conversation between Dr. King and a maid at the Lorraine Motel during this period, the night before his assassination. It’s called The Mountaintop. Tom Hall talks with Kwame Kwei-Armah, the the Artistic Director of Center Stage who's directing the play. WYPR, January 11, 2013.

The Baltimore Sun: Kwame Kwei-Armah named Honorable Mention Marylander of the Year

In his first year as new Artistic Director at Center Stage Kwame Kwei-Armah, a London native playwright, actor and director, has quickly made his mark on one of Baltimore's most venerable arts institutions by bringing the kind of artistic cachet to Baltimore that Marin Alsop did when she took over the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra five years ago. The Baltimore Sun, December 25, 2012.

City Paper: 2012 Top Ten Stage and Performances

The Whipping ManInto the WoodsA Skull in Connemara are honored as three of the top ten shows around Baltimore according to City Paper. Actors Dana Steingold as Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Kevyn Morrow as Simon in The Whipping Man, Si Osborne as Mick in A Skull in Connemara, and Susan Rome as Catherine in An Enemy of the People are also recognized as having four of the top ten best performances throughout the city this year. City Paper, December 12, 2012.

What Weekly: Kwame on Center Stage

Kwame Kwei-Armah speaks with What Weekly on starting out his second year as Artistic Director, exploring his understanding of what it means to lead and to entertain and to be a part of the Baltimore Community. What Weekly, October 31, 2012.

Baltimore Magazine: Academy Reward, Actor Clarke Peters came to Baltimore for The Corner and The Wire; he stayed for the people

A profile on Baltimore-based actor, Clarke Peters, who speaks fondly of meeting Kwame Kwei-Armah when he was just 17 years old. Kwei-Armah hopes to bring Peters to Center Stage in the near future. Baltimore Magazine, November 1, 2012.

The Strand, BBC World Service: My America

Mark Coles speaks with Kwame Kwei-Armah and My America playwright Lydia Diamond (The Author's America) about the My America project. The Strand, BBC World Service, October 17, 2012.

WYPR Maryland Morning: Their America

Tom Hall speaks with Artistic Producer Susanna Gellert about Center Stage's new project My America, with clips from The Author’s America by Lydia R. Diamond and Still by Naomi Iizuka. WYPR Maryland Morning, October 8, 2012.

The New York Times Arts Beat: A Theater Celebrates 50 Years With 50 New Films

To celebrate its 50th season, Baltimore’s Center Stage has commissioned a series of 50 short films, written by 50 established and emerging playwrights, starring well-known stage and screen actors directed by the indie filmmaker Hal Hartley. The New York Times Arts Beat, September 27, 2012.

Jess Gartner Blog: My America is My Kind of Theatre

"If My America is any indication of the sort of work to come from Kwei-Armah's leadership, you should all go buy your Go Pass now." Jess Gartner Blog, September 29, 2012.

WJZ: People are Talking: The Baltimore Book Festival

Community Programs and Education Director Julianne Franz talks with Gigi Barnett about 50 Fest "busting at the curbs" at this year's Baltimore Book Festival. WJZ, September 28, 2012.

The Baltimore Sun: 5 Don't Miss Events at the Baltimore Book Festival 

The Baltimore Sun rates Center Stage's 50 Fest as one of the top 5 things to do while at the Baltimore Book Festival. The Baltimore Sun, September 28, 2012.

The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore's Never-Ending Story

Success of Stoop Storytelling, whose performances have been hosted at Center Stage many times over the past few seasons, attests to the powerful hold of narrative on our lives. The Baltimore Sun, September 27, 2012.

City Paper: Now Read This

City Paper's guide to the juiciest parts of the Baltimore Book Festival, including Center Stage's 50 Fest. City Paper, September 26, 2012.

The Baltimore Sun: 50 monologues expose 'My America' at Center Stage

The Baltimore Sun speaks with four My America playwrights: Neil LaBute, Lynn Nottage, Lee Blessing, and Lydia Diamond about their monologues, addressing "What is my America?" The Baltimore Sun, September 23, 2012.

The Baltimore Sun: Cabbie tells stories of little-known neighborhoods

Native Baltimorean wishes residents would take advantage of what city has to offer, like shows at Center Stage! The Baltimore Sun, September 21, 2012.

City Paper: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Bruce Nelson Recognized in City Paper's Best of Baltimore

Kwame Kwei-Armah is named Best Theater Director and Bruce Nelson as Best Actor. City Paper, September 19, 2012.

The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore Book Festival Expands

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday morning that the book fest, which will run Sept. 28-30, will expand down Monument Street between St. Paul and Calvert streets — toward Center Stage. The Baltimore Sun, September 18, 2012.

WJZ: Baltimore Book Festival Will Extend To Center Stage & Feature ‘Cupcake Wars’ Champ

Coverage of the announcements made at BOPA's Baltimore Book Festival press conference on Tuesday, September 18. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kewi-Armah and Community Programs and Education Director Julianne Franz speak about the exciting new expansion of the festival down Monument to Calvert Street to Center Stage's doors. WJZ, September 18, 2012.

Maryland Morning: Center Stage's Kwame Kwei-Armah

Kwame Kwei-Armah speaks with Tom Hall about Center Stage's 50th Anniversary Season and the upcoming An Enemy of the People and My AmericaMaryland Morning, September 17, 2012.

Style Magazine: Fall Arts and Culture

Bruce Nelson is featured as an actor to watch this fall when he comes to Center Stage as Baltimore's favorite local emblem of oddness, Edgar Allan Poe in The Completely Fictional--Utterly True--Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe. Style Magazine, October 2012.

City Paper: Starting the Conversation

Kwame Kwei-Armah aims to make Center Stage the hub of a global theater community. City Paper, August 29, 2012.