Baltimore Center Stage’s upcoming 2019/2020 season offers audiences a fabulous journey through storytelling and the imagination. “Though this marks the 57th season for Baltimore Center Stage, it’s the first for me,” began Aritistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. “Curating this season meant leaning unapologetically into imaginative storytelling jam-packed with joy. And by centering the voices of artists whose identities are normally diminished and erased, I think the 2019-2020 season at Baltimore Center Stage puts this art form one step closer to fulfilling its ultimate potential.”
Everyone has baggage in Miss You Like Hell, running September 12th to October 13th. This timely mother-daughter musical is about escaping and belonging. Audiences will join Olivia and her mother on their cross-country road trip. Mothers may teach you where you come from, but they can be the trickiest things.
Running from October 10th to November 10th, Thoughts of a Colored Man showcases one theme with seven variations. The world-premiere play from Keenan Scott II, blends language, music, and dance to showcase the vibrant inner life of one who is black, proud, and thriving in the 21st Century. Set over a single day, this richly theatrical mosaic goes beyond the rhythms of the basketball court and the boisterousness of the barbershop to shed brilliant light into the hearts and minds of a community of men searching for their most triumphant selves.
Men on Boats, running from November 29th to December 22nd, is the rollicking adventure which tells the hilarious, true(ish) history of the Grand Canyon. The performance is a subversive retelling of one-armed explorer John Powell and his exploration of the American West.
Running from February 6th to March 1st, Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally delves into the classic world of “Dick and Jane,” which is beginning to fracture. Audiences will enjoy this witty and raw look into one dysfunctional and dissembling family.
Running from April 2nd to April 26th, Where We Stand is a brand-new fable of penance filled with humor, heart, and music. When a town is running low on compassion and a man is stripped of companionship, just one kind stranger can tip the scales. Audiences listen as one passionate storyteller spins a supernatural tale of loneliness seduced by kindness and asks us “What do we owe each other?”
The season comes to a close with Bakkhai, running from April 30th to May 24th. Life is a party – until heads start to roll. This is not your English teacher’s Greek tragedy. Dionysus is totally over the drama and he’s going to incite the women of the land to raise some hell in the greatest party in recorded history. Closing the season with a political exclamation point from the birthplace of Democracy, Bakkhai hits the Mainstage at the same moment our nation surges into its primary elections.
Ybarra concluded, “The Baltimore theatre scene is so dynamic, and increasingly I think Baltimore Center Stage has the opportunity to become a place where civic convening, fellowship, conversation and organizing live alongside stories that represent every corner of the human experience.”
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