Our beloved regional theater and its celebrated new Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, have announced the plays for the 2014/15 season. It happened just as Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night opened to an awestruck audience; and set the scene for an entire season of bringing Baltimore audiences into new worlds. “This season it is all about bringing the best, most exciting theater to Baltimore,” says Kwei-Armah. “These plays explore the moments—some private, some public—in every life when it becomes clear that nothing can stay the same. We’re thrilled to take our audience with us on these journeys through change.” Highlights this coming year include a new revival of the classic Amadeus; Kemp Powers’ critically acclaimed new play One Night in Miami…, presented in co-production with New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and The Classical Theatre of Harlem; and a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating the work of American playwright Amy Herzog.
Though the season kicks off with a tried-and-true classic (Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus), it steadily moves into bold and exciting new territory. Even the season’s holiday production—It’s a Wonderful Life won’t be as you’ve seen it before. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted by Joe Landry, takes audiences behind the scenes on Christmas Eve, 1946, for a live radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s classic, heartwarming tale. In the new year, the theater opens One Night in Miami…, about the night Cassius Clay, defeating Sonny Liston and winning the world heavyweight boxing title, became Muhammad Ali. The Amy Herzog Festival introduces Baltimore to one of America’s brightest young playwrights with two hit plays—presented in repertory for the first time ever. TIME Magazine raves of Herzog: “No one currently writing for the theater has a sharper grasp of character, or more sheer storytelling technique.” Details are still being finalized for the closing production of the 2014/15 season, but with Kwei-Armah at the helm, clearly we have nothing to do but sit back in eager anticipation for the next great pick.
For more information about the 2014/15 season at Center Stage, or to purchase tickets, visit www.centerstage.org.