Baltimore Center Stage announced its 2019/2020 MainStage season on March 14. The 58th season marks the inaugural programming debut for the theater’s new artistic director Stephanie Ybarra.
In a statement, Ybarra said, “In curating my first season at Baltimore Center Stage, I sought out joyfully subversive pieces told by a constellation of artists with an unapologetic theatrical style. These stories and the people who tell them represent my hope that theater can create the space for every one of us to conjure a world of our own imagining.”
Season offerings are as follows:
“Miss You Like Hell” — book and lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes, music and lyrics by Erin McKeown, directed by Rebecca Martínez
Sep 12–Oct 13, 2019
Everyone has baggage in this timely mother-daughter musical about escaping and belonging from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning production of “In the Heights.” 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.
“Thoughts of a Colored Man,” by Keenan Scott II, directed by Taye Diggs, co-production with Syracuse Stage, in association with Brian Moreland and Ron Simons
Oct. 10–Nov. 10, 2019
Directed by Taye Diggs (an original “Rent” star), and written by Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, “Thoughts of a Colored Man” blends language, music and dance. 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,” by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Jenny Koons
Nov. 29–Dec. 22, 2019
This off-Broadway hit tells a hilarious, true(ish) history of the Grand Canyon. Take a journey that throws the history book—and all the men inside it—out the window in this subversive retelling of the one-armed explorer John Powell and his exploration of the American West.
“Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally,” by Noah Diaz
Jan. 23–Feb. 16, 2020
See Richard go. See Spot bark. See Dick cry. See Sally sign. See Jane struggle after a lifetime in her brother’s shadow. The classic world of “Dick and Jane” is beginning to fracture in this witty and raw look into one dysfunctional and dissembling family.
“Where We Stand,” by Donnetta Lavinia Grays, directed by Tamilla Woodard
March 19–April 12, 2020 (Mainstage); April 14-26, 2020 (Mobile Unit Tour)
This brand-new fable of penance is 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. Join in community as one passionate storyteller spins a supernatural tale of loneliness seduced by kindness and asks us “what do we owe each other?”
“The Bacchae,” by Euripides, directed by Mike Donahue
April 30–May 24, 2020
This is not your English teacher’s Greek tragedy. Dionysus is totally over your 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, The Bacchae hits the Mainstage at the same moment our nation surges into its primary elections.
For tickets and more information, go to centerstage.org.
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