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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fells Point Corner Theatre Has Unfinished Business

Written by  Frankie Kujawa

The Fells Point Corner Theatre’s new 2017-2018 season is hauntingly inviting to all audiences. The past, as they say, is an inviting but dangerous place. As Fells Point Corner Theatre (FPCT) warns, “When we are haunted by the ghosts of our past, we attribute their torment to the deeds they’ve left undone. Benevolent or otherwise, these spirits employ the living to serve in their endeavor for rest … or unrest.” The 30th season of FCPT, “Unfinished Business,” invites audiences to experience the bewildering world of the beyond.

Running until October 1st, I Hate Hamlet follows the story of an up-and-coming young TV star who is offered every actor’s dream role – to play Hamlet on stage. The only catch was he hates Hamlet. With the return of John Barrymore’s ghost, the two men embark on a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, TV, and even the apartment where Barrymore once lived.

The Woman in Black, running from October 13th go November 5th, begins with an unusual request of a lawyer hiring an actor to tutor him in the art of storytelling. The story, however, is about his encounter with a local specter that haunts the countryside where her illegitimate child was once killed. According to the legend, anyone who sees her dies.

A Christmas Carol, running from December 1st to January 7th, is the timeless classic adapted for the Baltimore stage showcasing the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Running from March 2nd to 25th is Gertrude Stein and Companion. Winner at both the Edinburgh and Sydney theatre festivals, this original play showcases the life of Gertrude Stein and the extraordinary company she kept: Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scot Fitzgerald, and most importantly, her life partner Alice B. Toklas. Beginning shortly after her death, Gertrude journeys through her past, depicting one of the most exciting times in 20th century art.

10 x 10 x 10 2018, running from April 13th to May 6th is the Fells Point Corner Theatre’s annual ten-minute play festival, which has been considered one of the most talked about yearly events in Baltimore theatre. Ten of the most exceptional, compelling, and local writers are on full display in ten new stories for the stage.

The Quickening by Mark Scharf, running from June 8th to July 1st, is a co-production with the Collaborative Theatre Company. The performance tells the story of a young couple moving into their new home on the outskirts of Richmond to start a family. Their life is quickly disrupted by a ghost from the Civil War. The soon-to-be mother must find the courage to learn the truth and face the unknown in order to save the life of her unborn child.

For more information on the upcoming season, visit Fpct.org.

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