Baltimore gets plenty of recognition for its independent music scene and community of visual artists and small galleries. And the Maryland Film Festival and its programs keep the local independent film scene vibrant. But over the past few years, we’ve been struck by the tenacity with which the local theatre scene has taken root and grown tremendously. Single Carrot Theatre (named Best Local Theatre Company by the City Paper last year), has worked hard since its inception to bring the work of exciting contemporary playwrights to Baltimore—no mean feat when most professional theaters are only able to survive by producing the usual fare of Shakespeare, Rogers & Hammerstein, and the occasional Tennessee Williams. Case in point: this season’s The Tropic of X by OBIE award winner Caridad Svich, who will be present for talk-backs for this opening weekend.
The Tropic of X is set in a not too distant future in the Polyglot-Americas where North, South, and Latin America have become something of the same place. It’s a world of swiftly changing regimes, rodeo arcades, cheap sex-tourism, and constant change. Svich is a master of portraying these strange worlds in a way that is both unsettling and hopeful at the same time. Her voice as a writer is distinctive and insightful—and for opening weekend she’ll even be sharing it in person with talk-backs after the show (meaning you can ask her anything, chat with the company, and get the inside scoop). Her visit to our city (for the English language premier of this show) should not be taken lightly. If you had any doubt about Baltimore as an incubator for new, meaningful theatrical work, a ticket the this weekend’s performances of The Tropic of X should lay them to rest.
Tickets for The Tropic of X can be purchased at www.singlecarrot.com.