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CS Digital

The CS Digital is Center Stage's initiative dedicated to the exploration of the intersection of technology, media, and the performing arts. Focused on connecting the Theater to the world beyond Baltimore—and Baltimore audiences with theater and artists from around the world—CS Digital programming brings to Center Stage audiences some of the most notable theater artists working today, for conversation, insight, and performance. 

VIDEOS | LIVE EVENT | ONLINE      

My America Too

Baltimore Center Stage's CS Digital program commissioned 10 American writers to create plays set around the kitchen table, inspired by recent events in communities like Sanford, FL; Cleveland, OH; Ferguson, MO; Staten Island, NY; Baltimore, MD; and Charleston, SC. Six of the plays were filmed as pieces of street theater, guerrilla-style, at pivotal locations across the country. 

Middle of the Night
By Neil LaBute

Filmed in Staten Island, NY




That I Know for Sure
By Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Filmed in Sanford, FL



Safety Measures
By Lydia R. Diamond

Filmed in Ferguson, MO



Mr. Chen
By Kenneth Lin

Filmed in Baltimore, MD



Allies
By Larissa FastHorse

Filmed in Cleveland, OH /span>



Mr. President
By Kwame Kwei-Armah + Hana Sharif

Filmed in Charleston, SC

  



LIVE EVENT

My America Too Screening, Live Performances*, and New Civil Rights Panel Discussion. Discussions took place on Dec 12 and Dec 13.

Panelists included Jan E. Christopher, Joe Jones, Farajii Muhammed, Sheri L. Parks, D. Watkins, Jameta Barlow, Wes Moore, Joshua Smith, and Lester Spence. 

Panel discussion was moderated by Marc Steiner, Host of The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA

*Two performances courtesy of The New Black Fest (in collaboration with Dominique Morisseau)'s UN-TAMED: Hair Body Attitude - Short Plays by Black Women.   

 


 

ONLINE

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About My America Too

Baltimore Center Stage ‘s CS Digital program commissioned 10 American writers to create plays set around the kitchen table, inspired by recent events in communities like Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston. Six of the plays were filmed as pieces of street theater, guerrilla-style, at pivotal locations across the country. The videos will be released daily beginning Dec 7, and all will be available by Dec 11:

Middle of the Night
By Neil LaBute

Filmed in Staten Island, NY

Director: Derrick Sanders
Director of Photography: Darryl Miller
Editor: Martin Nelson
Music: Kwame ‘KZ’ Kwei-Armah
Stage Manager: Caitlin Powers
Camera Operator: Ricardo Rios, Nick Morrison
Sound Operator: Robert Packo
Sound Engineer: Martin Nelson
Colorist: Martin Nelson
Casting Director: McCorkle Casting Ltd.
Assistant Producer: Brandon Butts, Arrenvy Bilinski
Producer: Hana Sharif
Executive Producer: Kwame Kwei-Armah


That I Know for Sure
By Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Filmed in Sanford, FL

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Director of Photography: Alex Basco Koch
1st Assistant Camera: Sean Mattison
2nd Assistant Camera: Nick Morrison
Sound Operator: Robert Packo
Editor: Alex Basco Koch
Original Composition: Kwame “KZ” Kwei-Armah
Sound Engineer: Tim Boyce
Colorist: Zachary Ludescher
Stage Manager: Caitlin Powers
Associate Artist: Sam Godfrey
Assistant Producers: Brandon Butts, Arrenvy Bilinski
Casting Director: McCorkle Casting Ltd
Producer: Hana Sharif
Executive Producer: Kwame Kwei-Armah



Safety Measures
By Lydia R. Diamond

Filmed in Ferguson, MO

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Director of Photography: Alex Basco Koch
1st Assistant Camera: Sean Mattison
2nd Assistant Camera: Nick Morrison
Sound Operator: Robert Packo
Editor: Alex Basco Koch
Original Composition: Kwame “KZ” Kwei-Armah
Sound Engineer: Tim Boyce
Colorist: Zachary Ludescher
Stage Manager: Caitlin Powers
Associate Artist: Sam Godfrey
Assistant Producers: Brandon Butts, Arrenvy Bilinski
Casting Director: McCorkle Casting Ltd
Producer: Hana Sharif
Executive Producer: Kwame Kwei-Armah


Mr. Chen
By Kenneth Lin

Filmed in Baltimore, MD

Director: Derrick Sanders
Director of Photography: Darryl Miller
Editor: Martin Nelson
Music: Kwame ‘KZ’ Kwei-Armah
Stage Manager: Caitlin Powers
Camera Operator: Ricardo Rios, Nick Morrison
Sound Operator: Robert Packo
Sound Engineer: Martin Nelson
Colorist: Martin Nelson
Casting Director: McCorkle Casting Ltd.
Assistant Producer: Brandon Butts, Arrenvy Bilinski
Producer: Hana Sharif
Executive Producer: Kwame Kwei-Armah


Allies
By Larissa FastHorse

Filmed in Cleveland, OH

Director: Derrick Sanders
Director of Photography: Darryl Miller
Editor: Martin Nelson
Music: Kwame ‘KZ’ Kwei-Armah
Stage Manager: Caitlin Powers
Camera Operator: Ricardo Rios, Nick Morrison
Sound Operator: Robert Packo
Sound Engineer: Martin Nelson
Colorist: Martin Nelson
Casting Director: McCorkle Casting Ltd.
Assistant Producer: Brandon Butts, Arrenvy Bilinski
Producer: Hana Sharif
Executive Producer: Kwame Kwei-Armah


Mr. President
By Kwame Kwei-Armah + Hana Sharif

Filmed in Charleston, SC

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Director of Photography: Alex Basco Koch
1st Assistant Camera: Sean Mattison
2ns Assistant Camera: Nick Morrison
Sound Operator: Robert Packo
Editor: Alex Basco Koch
Original Composition: Kwame “KZ” Kwei-Armah
Sound Engineer: Tim Boyce
Colorist: Zachary Ludescher
Stage Manager: Caitlin Powers
Associate Artist: Sam Godfrey
Assistant Producers: Brandon Butts, Arrenvy Bilinski
Casting Director: McCorkle Casting Ltd.
Producer: Hana Sharif
Executive Producer: Kwame Kwei-Armah

 



Directors

Derrick Sanders

Derrick Sanders’ short film Perfect Day, which he wrote and directed, has been screened in over 20 international film festivals and has garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. In theater most recently, he directed The Island at American Player Theatre and the Washington DC and West Coast premieres of Will Power's Fetch/Clay Make/Man at Round House Theatre and Marin Theatre Company. He directed Clybourne Park and the world premiere of Beneatha’s Place for “The Raisin Cycle” at Baltimore Center Stage. His other credits include King Hedley II at the Off-Broadway Signature Theatre. Sanders was assistant director of August Wilson’s world premiere productions of Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean on Broadway and at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, as well as the Huntington Theatre in Boston and Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for Radio Golf. As the founding Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago, he directed numerous productions including Seven Guitars, which won Joseph Jefferson Awards for best production and direction. He has also founded and organizes Chicago’s August Wilson Monologue Competition. He received his BFA from Howard University and MFA from University of Pittsburgh


Kwame Kwei-Armah

Kwame Kwei-Armah is an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster. At Center Stage he has directed Marley, One Night in Miami…, Amadeus, dance of the holy ghosts (City Paper Top Ten Productions, 2013); The Mountaintop; An Enemy of the People; The Whipping Man, for which he was named Best Director; and Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. In 2014, Kwame was named Best Director in City Paper’s Best of Baltimore, and he was nominated for SDC's Zelda Fichandler Award for Best Theater Director. Among his works as playwright are Elmina’s Kitchen and Let There Be Love as well as A Bitter Herb, Statement of Regret, and Seize the Day. Beneatha’s Place, debuted at Center Stage in 2013 as part of the groundbreaking Raisin Cycle. His latest play, Marley, based on the life and music of Bob Marley, had its world debut at Center Stage in May 2015. His other directorial credits include Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew at the Lark Play Development Center in New York, New York’s Public Theater’s production of Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, the World Premiere of Detroit ’67 (nominated for Best Director) at New York’s Public Theater, and the World Premiere of The Liquid Plain at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and its New York Premiere at Signature Theater. He has served on the boards of The National Theatre and The Tricycle Theatre, both in London, and as Artistic Director for the World Arts Festival in Senegal. He served as the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, and in 2012 was named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.


Global Sister Cities

Center Stage is embarking on a groundbreaking global adventure of CS Digital, our digital initiative dedicated to the intersection of technology, media, and the performing arts. Extending the reach of CS Digital through a global conversation, Global Sister Cities connects Baltimore audiences with five peer cities across the world: Durban, Glasgow, Ho Chi Minh City, Detroit, and Reykjavik. Exploring the role of art in public discourse Global Sister Cities asks artists and communities “How is your city responding to today’s challenges, and what is the role of art in shaping new ideas and solutions?" 

An installation of Center Stage’s Deering Lobby showcased performance videos created by each artist about their city. 

On June 1, a kick-off event and live-streaming conversation was held at Center Stage between civic leaders in Baltimore and leaders in two of the cities, Reykjavik and Durban.

The following videos and artists make up the Global Sister Cities installation:

Stepping Into Freedom

Doung Anwar Jahangeer

Durban, South Africa

www.dala.org.za


Choreomania

Choreography Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

www.choreography.is
   

Lost Detroit: the Politics of Urban Decay and Urban Renewal

Jimmy Keys

Detroit, North America

www.jkeys.com


Everyone’s A Winner, Baby!

Fish & Game

Glasgow, Scotland

 www.fishandgame.org.uk


Strangers’ Land

Tran Minh Duc

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

http://d-u-c.tumblr.com/#about