While all three stages of Baltimore Center Stage at 700 North Calvert come alive with work both classic and contemporary, even more theatrical vitality is coming to life out in the community at large—with an array of additional artistic and engagement activities.
Arguably the centerpiece of these endeavors is the Mobile Unit, which recently offered its fourth iteration to neighbors and partners around the Baltimore metro area. Beginning in our 2015/16 Season as a pilot program with a reduced-scale rendition of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac, Mobile Unit has gone on to reimagine and restage a variety of work from across the canon. Each new Mobile production is conceived for a handful of actors, a compact playing time, and a simple travelling production that breaks down the walls of traditional theater and offers access to the highest-quality theater for those in often-overlooked communities. Personal, immersive, and intimate.
Following Beckett’s sparsely absurd Endgame (2016/17) and the comically condensed Twelfth Night (2017/18), this season brought a fresh encounter with Sophocles’ searing moral melodrama, Antigone—featuring brand new poetic choruses from locally based and nationally honored spoken word artist, Lady Brion.
We all know the joy we had as a child when someone read aloud to us. Many in our community would welcome the same comforts and benefits but for what can seem like insurmountable obstacles—with many elders, for instance experiencing vision loss, reduced mobility, lack of strength to hold a book, or aspects of dementia. Combining the power of a good story with a skilled actor in one simple gesture, In Touch offers a storytelling hour to the elderly, blind, and others—bringing to life some of literature’s most beloved and engaging tales in the voice of an expert performer and the imaginations of those gathered to hear.
Front and Center
Front and Center provides ancillary community programming (including both pre-and post-show events) to illuminate and intersect with the work on our stages. This new series aims to expand audiences’ experience beyond the stage performance itself, highlighting key themes, issues, or subject matter connected with the world of the play or the work of the playwright.
Impulse comprises storytelling workshops led by BCS teaching artists, guiding adult learners to explore and generate their own stories while introducing the tools and techniques to write and share these stories with others.
Our community partners include the following:
Baltimore School for the Arts
House of Ruth
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Heritage United Church of Christ
Healthcare for the Homeless
Greenmount West Community Association
Goucher Prison Education Partnership
Weinberg Housing and Resource Center
Strong City Baltimore
The Sandtown Winchester Senior Center
Odenton Regional Library
Edgewater Community Library
South County Senior Activity Center
Forest Park Senior Center
Cherry Hill Senior Center
Weinberg Senior Living