The former Read’s drug store building at Howard and Lexington streets will become a new home for the Spotlighters Theatre, with an exhibit about the building’s civil rights history, if Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake approves a proposal submitted by Spotlighters.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in our daily lives; the errands we have to run, the little annoyances like traffic or Turbo Tax freezing can make life seem miserable. Then there is the inevitable jolt of perspective that knocks us back into reality. The little annoyances are just that – annoyances. They aren’t insurmountable challenges, and we’ll likely make it through just fine.
Tonight, let that jolt be Passport, the play that garnered critical acclaim at the Baltimore Playwright’s Festival last August. Passport, “tells the story of an international aid worker trapped in a hotel room during the 2007 Kenyan election that left over 1,100 people dead and 600,000 displayed.” It was written by local playwright Kevin Kostic, and after the performance, there will be a discussion on Kenyan humanitarian issues. Funds will be raised to benefit Catholic Relief Services.
MICA’s Rivals of the West theater company gets better by the season. For one week more, catch these versatile art students + plucky company players perform two provocative works by Neil LaBute, one of America’s hottest and most controversial young playwrights. In two of his most celebrated plays, LaBute takes on beguiling questions, such as who decides what is beautiful—or rather, who is beautiful—and what is beauty?
All performances will be presented in BBOX, the College’s state-of-the-art black box theater located inside The Gateway, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are available online, at the MICA bookstore, and at the box office.
Center Stage announced this week its 2012-2013. It’s the first season for Kwame Kwei-Armah, the theater’s new artistic director, and it’s Center Stage’s 50th Anniversary Season.
The theater aims to be a focal point for art as a catalyst for debate. “We hope that when you leave a show, whether you have loved it or not, you will have been exposed to an idea, an emotion, or an experience that will stay with you long after you have left the auditorium,” it reads on the Center Stage website.
A special treat? One of the plays on the schedule is written by Kwei-Armah, who talks about the season in the video above.