Dear Baltimore Center Stage Family,
I cannot be more proud of what we have accomplished together and what we can now, together, enjoy. Thank you for your steadfast enthusiasm and support as we complete one of the largest transformations in our history.
We are so happy to be back in our artistic home, discovering the joy of our new production capabilities and delighting in our audiences’ reactions as they discover our redesigned theaters and public spaces.
Art at its best, for me, is a metaphor on the human condition. And that is what we think about as we choose our plays.
I am pleased to announce next year’s Mainstage season. Please join us for this spectacular lineup and stay tuned for an announcement of our full list of programming including Third Space and Mobile Unit productions.
FAITH IS ON ALL OUR MINDS
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Hana S. Sharif
Sep 7–Oct 8, 2017
Does absolute tolerance require tolerance of the intolerant? Can a divided head find a way to lead? When the stakes are eternity, what happens if your pastor is wrong? These are the questions that arise in a present-day American megachurch in The Christians, a new play about the seemingly insurmountable distance that exists when people of the same religion hold different beliefs. Stunning in its theatricality, this production will feature multiple choirs from area churches. Prescient in its investigation of the commercialization of religion, this play spotlights the sensitive and challenging obstacles of all successful organizations.
2016 Outer Critics Circle Award Winner
“This nonjudgmental show, which offers a safe place for good people to disagree and even, possibly, evolve spiritually, is a tonic for tough times.” –Dallas News
“[Hnath is] one of the brightest new voices of his generation.” –New York Times
THIS ONE'S FOR EVERYONE
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Directed by Blake Robison
Oct 19–Nov 26, 2017
“Shall I compare thee to a something something… mummers play?” And so begins one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets, and this charming story of love, inspiration, muses, and art, based on the Oscar-winning film. This smart and poignant tale offers a smattering of allusions that will delight anyone familiar with the Bard—or simply the English language. This story is as crowd-pleasing as mistaken identities, a shipwreck, and love triumphant, and is set in a time when a Londoner could still utter the words: “Shakespeare? Never heard of him.” A great play for the entire family.
“A big-hearted hit.” -Variety
FOR THE FAMILY
Adapted by David Catlin from the works of Lewis Carroll
Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen
Nov 30–Dec 31, 2017
Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice and a cast of characters as wild as whimsy and wicked as royalty. If you’re curiouser about the other side, David Catlin’s adapted tale will send you into a tailspin of queens and pawns, riddles and mind games, madness and tea parties. Our holiday season offering is perfect for the entire family, and children of all ages will delight in this wonderful world. Families can come together to build a theatergoing tradition and enjoy the spectacular realm created from author Lewis Carroll’s legendary imagination. Join us down the rabbit hole.
“Joyous and smart, playful and wise.” –Chicago Tribune
STATE OF THE NATION
By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Nicole A. Watson
Jan 25-Mar 4, 2018
From the playwright of Detroit ’67, Skeleton Crew (the third play in Dominique Morisseau’s acclaimed Detroit trilogy) tells the story of four workers at the last exporting auto plant in Detroit struggling to survive as their way of life disappears. Set around 2008, this play vividly portrays the modern struggle in a changing America, and reveals the real people on the factory line. This skeleton crew—the bare minimum number of staff needed to function—is made up of people who keep the vital operations of the plant running in the face of obstacles, rumors, and, eventually, the confirmation of their worst fears. Loyalties are tested and boundaries are crossed as this vibrant team of loyal and proud workers navigate an uncertain future.
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
“Warm-blooded, astute…a very fine new play. “ –New York Times
ONCE UPON A TIME, THE ANIMALS REVOLTED
GEORGE ORWELL'S ANIMAL FARM
Adapted by Ian Woolridge
Directed by May Adrales
Mar 1–Apr 1, 2018
One day on Manor Farm, shortly before his death, an old boar named Major told the other animals about his dream. United by the realization that all animals have a common enemy—man—the animals revolted against the tyranny of forced work. They fought and gained their freedom and established a system of thought, Animalism, based on the wise words of the Major. All animals are comrades. All animals are equal. But as months and years pass, the exalted words of the Major become distorted, and the citizens of Animal Farm come to see that some animals are more equal than others.
“Profound and affecting.” –New York Times
“A brilliant politically minded piece.” –The Guardian
A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY WITH MUSIC
Written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
May 3–Jun 10, 2018
Baltimore Center Stage is finalizing details on a major new project that will be an extraordinary finale to the 2017/18 Season. Like Marley, this play by Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah is still being finalized and is not quite ready to be announced with the rest of the season.
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