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About the Show

Wild with Happy

By Colman Domingo

Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen

Grief is a funny thing. Gil’s boyfriend has left him, his acting career isn’t exactly taking off, and his mother just passed away. He’s not taking it all very well. But luckily his boisterous Aunt Glo, a sensitive funeral director, and his outrageous best friend may be exactly what he needs. Colman Domingo’s new comedy, a recent smash hit at New York’s Public Theater, is a wild ride through love, loss, and, just maybe, The Most Magical Place on Earth. 

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–Broadway World


 The cast is outstanding. 

–Broadway World  


 Completely captivating. 

–DC Theatre Scene  


 A perfect show…I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend about 90 minutes of my life. 

–Maryland Theatre Guide  


 With Kwei-Armah at the helm, you know that each production will sparkle with world-level talent 

–Baltimore Fishbowl  

Meet the Playwright

Colman Domingo is an award winning actor, playwright and director. He is the author of Wild with Happy (2013 Audelco Awards for Best Production and Best Playwright), A Boy and His Soul (2010 Lucille Lortel Award Best Solo Show and GLAAD Media Award for Best Production on or off Broadway), Up Jumped Springtime, and the short plays, Mission of a Saint and Redemption of a Sinner. He is currently under commission from The American Conservatory Theater, Off Broadway’s Inner Voices Series and People’s Light and Theater Company. His plays have been produced at The Public Theater, The Vineyard Theater, Theatreworks, The Tricycle Theater (London), Brisbane Powerhouse (Australia), Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Theater Rhinoceros, Thick Description Theater, and The Philadelphia Theater Company. He has received residencies from Sundance, Banff Playwrights Colony, and Yaddo.

Mr. Domingo, as an actor, has starred on Broadway in Passing Strange, Chicago, Well, and The Scottsboro Boys and has co-starred in films such as Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, Passing Strange, Miracle at St. Ana, King of the Bingo Game, Hairbrained, and Newlyweeds among many others. The acting work of Mr. Domingo has been honored with an Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Audelco and What’s on Stage (London) nominations as well as winning the Obie, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Bay Area Theater Critics Circle. colmandomingo.com

Related Events

Night Out | Tue, Jun 3 at 6:30 pm
A pre-show happy hour for our LGBTQIA patrons. Food provided courtesy of Gertrude's.
Meet the Actors | Fri, Jun 6
We provide a casual atmosphere to chat with the cast after the show. Ask them your questions and get some autographs!   
ForeWords & AfterThoughts | Thu, Jun 12 (7 pm show); Sun, Jun 15 (2 pm show); Sun, Jun 22 (2 pm show)
Pre and post-show conversations with our artistic staff designed to give deeper insight into the show. A chance for feedback and engagement.
Audio Described Performances | Sun, Jun 22 (2 pm show)    
Volunteer audio describers provide an objective description of the non-verbal action on stage.

Forrest McClendon*

James Ijames*
Terry (and others)

Chivas Michael*
Mo (and others)

Stephanie Berry*
Adelaide/Aunt Glo

Jeremy B. Cohen

Tony Cisek
Scenic Designer

Alejo Vietti
Costume Designer

Robert Wierzel
Lighting Designer

Robert Kaplowitz
Sound Designer

Jeff Sugg
Projections Designer

Catherine Maria Rodriguez

Pat McCorkle
Casting Director

Caitlin Powers
Assistant Stage Manager

Laura Smith
Stage Manager

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

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Press Release:


Heather C. Jackson, Public Relations Manager
410.986.4016 | hjackson@centerstage.org

Casting Announced for Wild with Happy 

Colman Domingo’s Fresh New Comedy to Close 2013-14 Season, Previews begin May 28

Baltimore, MD—April 28, 2014. Center Stage announces casting this week for the exciting new comedy Wild with Happy by Colman Domingo. This heartwarming adventure through love and loss begins May 28, and runs through June 29, under the direction of Jeremy B. Cohen.

Leading the cast is Forrest McClendon as the grief-stricken Gil, a young man dealing with both heartbreak and his mother’s death. Mr. McClendon has appeared in numerous regional productions, and was a Tony Award nominee for his role in The Scottsboro Boys, opposite playwright Colman Domingo.

“I am beyond thrilled to hand over the reins of the role of Gil to my dear friend, colleague, partner in crime (and my right arm in The Scottsboro Boys), Forrest McClendon,” says playwright Colman Domingo, who played Gil in the original Off Broadway production at The Public Theater. “In the hands of Jeremy B. Cohen and this dream cast, I am interested in sitting back and seeing what new ideas spring to life and how this talented group will soar above the crazy, madcap challenges of this play.”

“I am delighted to bring someone of playwright Colman Domingo’s stature to Center Stage,” says Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. “We loved this heartwarming comedy when we saw it with Colman at The Public. He is an incredible talent, as both a performer and as a writer, and I’m excited for our audiences to see his work brought to life.”

Playing Gil’s outrageous Aunt Glo (as well as the spirit of his recently passed mother), is Stephanie Berry. Previously seen at Center Stage in 2012’s production of Gleam, Ms. Berry’s many credits include Broadway and regional productions, as well as her AUDELCO-Award-winning one-woman show, The Shaneequa Chronicles: The Making of a Black Woman in New York.

Making their Center Stage debuts are James Ijames as sensitive funeral director Terry and Chivas Michael as Gil’s riotous best friend Mo—both on hand to help Gil deal with his grief through love and laughter. Mr. Ijames has appeared in numerous regional productions, and is the recipient of two Barrymore Awards for his work at Arden Theatre and Wilma Theatre. Mr. Michael has appeared Off Broadway at Classic Stage Company, Lincoln Center, and the Public, as well as regionally.

Center Stage audiences will know director Jeremy B. Cohen’s name, as he was previously at the Theater directing the U.S. premiere of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Let There Be Love with Avery Brooks in 2009. He is the Producing Artistic Director of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and previously served as the Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development at Hartford Stage from 2003 to 2010. Cohen is also the Founding Artistic Director of Naked Eye Theatre Company in Chicago.

Wild with Happy begins previews on Wednesday, May 28. The show opens officially on Wednesday, June 4, and closes June 29. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased by calling 410.332.0033, or visiting www.centerstage.org.

Center Stage is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges, and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Center Stage’s 2013-14 Season is made possible by Season 51 presenting sponsor M&T Bank. Maryland Public Television is a Media Partner for Center Stage's 2013-14 Season.  


Gil                          Forrest McClendon
Terry (and others)   James Ijames
Mo (and others)   Chivas Michael
Adelaide/Aunt Glo   Stephanie Berry


Director   Jeremy B. Cohen
Scenic Designer   Tony Cisek
Costume Designer               Alejo Vietti
Lighting Designer   Robert Wierzel
Sound Designer   Robert Kaplowitz
Stage Manager   Laura Smith
Assistant Stage Manager   Caitlin Powers
Assistant Stage Manager   Brooke Redler
Production Dramaturg   Catherine Maria Rodriguez
Casting Director   Pat McCorkle

About Center Stage

Under the leadership of playwright, actor, and director Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE (Artistic Director) and national arts leader Stephen Richard (Managing Director), Center Stage is an artistically driven institution committed to engaging, entertaining, and enriching audiences of today and tomorrow through joyous and bold performance. Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a model of what regional theater can and should be,” Center Stage has, for more than 50 years, dedicated itself to exploring new works and bringing classics to life. This rich history is marked by critically acclaimed new works that have shaped the American theater; from the Tony Award-winning The Triumph of Love to World Premieres such as Miss Evers’ Boys by David Feldshuh and On the Verge by Eric Overmyer. In 2013, Center Stage’s unprecedented presentation of the Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park in repertory with the World Premiere of Kwei-Armah’s Beneatha’s Place sparked dialogue, drew international media attention, and became the subject of a nationally broadcast PBS documentary, “A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage.” With its signature focus on civic and community engagement, Center Stage, The State Theater of Maryland, enters its second 50 years with a commitment to exploring how art and entertainment communicate in the 21st century and to igniting conversation in Baltimore and beyond.