Dear Members and Guests,
Since returning to the “new” Baltimore Center Stage, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many of you personally, and even more of you in passing. You are consummate, committed theatergoers, eager to engage with big ideas and tough questions, while also ready to be delighted and amazed. For the 2018/19 Season, we’ve searched far and wide to find the works that we hope will speak to you. It’s a season of acclaimed hits, voices new and returning, and stunning theatricality, and I am sincerely thrilled to share it with you now.
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A SULTRY AMERICAN CLASSIC
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Judith Ivey
Sep 13—Oct 14
In this enduring American classic, family ties and layers of lies collide over the course of one simmering Southern summer night. Themes of morality, greed, and desire play across the stage in this explosive drama about what can happen when illusions begin to unravel. Brick, racked with guilt over his best friend’s death, numbs his pain with drink. Maggie, his wife, is determined to win even fleeting attention from her neglectful husband. But when three generations come together to celebrate a birthday—and discuss a will—all of the players start to crack under the pressure and the heat. How long can tensions build in a house boiling over with uncertainty, secrets, and maybe even love?
HEARTFELT HILARITY BRIDGING GENERATIONS
KING OF THE YEES
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Oct 25—Nov 18
Playwright Lauren Yee has always felt like an outsider, especially compared to her father, Larry, the unofficial center of their Chinese American community. When Larry suddenly goes missing, Lauren has to chase through time, space, and the fourth wall itself to find her father, save his story, and chronicle a vanishing piece of American culture. Explore the vivid legacy of one changing Chinatown through the vibrant imagination of a new generation in award-winning playwright Lauren Yee’s smart and cheeky family comedy.
A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP, FAMILY, AND THE HEART OF A NEIGHBORHOOD
A WONDER IN MY SOUL
By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Daniel Bryant
Nov 29—Dec 23
In a Baltimore beauty shop, two longtime co-owners and best friends grapple with a major decision. Remain as the anchor of their beloved neighborhood, or relocate under the pressures of gentrification and crime? In dialogue that resonates with everyday poetry, and filled with music both profound and stirring, A Wonder in My Soul looks at the evolution of one
family and a whole community through the eyes of two best friends and their lifetime of friendship.
A COMING-OUT MUSICAL, BASED ON A TRUE FAMILY
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Hana S. Sharif
Jan 17—Feb 24
Welcome to the Bechdel family. But just what family is it? Through the searching eyes of daughter Alison—aged 9, 17, and then 42—we meet her ever-shifting and sometimes unreliable memories of brothers, mother, and above all her repressed father, along with recollections from the family funeral home to Alison’s coming out. Based on Bechdel’s own best-selling illustrated memoir, this poignant tale harnesses every facet of music and theater to explore and unravel the mysteries of childhood and the surprising secrets that shape a life. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, from the composer of Caroline, or Change and the writer of 2.5 Minute Ride.
How Far Would You Follow Your Passion?
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Eric Rosen
Feb 28—Mar 31
What is the cost when we sacrifice truth for success? Can radical love be pious, or merely provocative? Does every religion sell God for a price? Follow the true story of a play, a playwright, and a plucky troupe of Yiddish theater artists from 1906 Warsaw to 1923 Broadway, from risky experiment to global sensation—and ultimately shattering scandal. The latest hit from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of A Civil War Christmas, The Baltimore Waltz, and How I Learned to Drive, this highly acclaimed and award-winning drama pays homage to artists ahead of their time and doomed to pay the price.
FROM LOVE TO ART AND BACK AGAIN
HOW TO CATCH CREATION
By Christina Anderson
Directed by Nataki Garrett
May 2—May 26
In the mid-1960s, a young writer’s life turns upside down when her girlfriend drops some unexpected news. Even 50 years later, the reverberations of that moment, and its unexpected consequences, still echo in the intersecting lives of four individuals caught up in a rapidly changing world. This is a bittersweet story of finding and following our passions from Christina Anderson, winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Award. This world-premiere play that explores the universal act of creation—of life, of family, of art—spans space and time to inspire a new generation of makers and lovers.
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