Baltimore Center Stage announced yesterday that it will make available video and audio recordings of Where We Stand, originally announced as the fifth mainstage production of the 2020/21 Season. The theater will offer the play via the streaming platform Vimeo beginning April 2, the date live performances were scheduled to begin.
The theater will also offer originally scheduled pre- and post-show programming in a virtual format. Current ticket holders will receive an email with instructions on how to access the production and new ticket buyers will have the ability to purchase tickets on Center Stage’s website.
Baltimore Center Stage previously announced that live performances of Where We Stand were canceled. Over the past week, however, the artistic and administrative teams at the theater worked with the League of Regional Theaters, Actors Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society to obtain rights and clearances to present the play digitally.
“At the center of Where We Stand is a simple question: What is our individual responsibility to our community and what is our collective responsibility to the individual?” said Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. “I cannot think of a more resonant question for this moment and I am so grateful that we will have the opportunity to share Donnetta’s incredible artistry with audiences here in Baltimore and beyond.”
The virtual programming will also include:
- A pre-recorded conversation between BCS Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra and Where We Stand playwright and performer, Donnetta Lavinia Grays
- A digital copy of the Where We Stand program, which includes a dramaturgical packet with discussion questions and resources for facilitating post-show conversations at home
- A pre-recorded post-show discussion with members of local community organizations, facilitated by Annalisa Dias, the theater’s Director of Artistic Partnerships and Innovation
- Two live/virtual conversations throughout the virtual run of Where We Stand (dates and topics to be announced)
To make tickets accessible to the widest possible audience, Center Stage has instituted a “pay-what-you-can” price structure starting at $5. Also, because Where We Stand was to serve as the theater’s sixth annual Mobile Unit touring production with free performances in community venues, Baltimore Center Stage will honor the partnerships by offering the virtual production for free to Mobile Unit audiences and other community partners. In communities where high-speed Internet is a barrier, a “radio play” version will be made available.
Baltimore Center Stage takes its financial commitment to artists, craftspeople, freelancers, and staff very seriously. All of the artists involved in Where We Stand will be compensated in full. Where We Stand was filmed and post-produced by Baltimore filmmaker Dean Radcliffe-Lynes.
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