Center Stage announces its adventurous 2015-16 Season, which includes collaborations with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and a two-show temporary residency at Towson University.
As a major renovation and revitalization of Center Stage’s historic Calvert Street home begins in January 2016, the final two plays of its 53rd Season will be hosted by Towson University.
The first three shows of the season will be produced at the Calvert Street theater, beginning with a world-premiere adaptation of Jane Austen’s mastery of manners, Pride and Prejudice from Sept. 11 to Oct. 11. Center Stage then will produce the enchanting family-friendly musical The Secret Garden, a co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park that will run in Baltimore from Oct. 30 to Nov. 29.
Just as football season gets into full swing, Center Stage will present the ripped-from-the-headlines X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), which explores our national love for the sport and the sometimes tragic results of that passion. Written by KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein (daughter of former pro player Chuck Mercein), X’s and O’s was co-commissioned by Center Stage and Berkeley Rep, where it had its world premiere, and was developed in part through Center Stage’s Play Lab program in 2013. Berkeley Rep’s award-winning Artistic Director Tony Taccone, who commissioned and co-directed the world premieres of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, will direct Center Stage’s production of X’s and O’s, which runs Nov. 13 to Dec. 20. Sanchez’s work was previously seen at Center Stage in the acclaimed ReEntry, which was produced as part of the theater’s 2010-11 Season.
Center Stage’s temporary residency at Towson University’s Center for the Arts will begin in 2016 with Shakespeare’s As You Like It performed by an all-female cast and running from Jan. 15 to Feb. 14. The final production of the season is The Night Watcher, an acclaimed one-woman show by actress Carlayne Woodard that explores a unique take on the idea of motherhood. The Night Watcher runs April 8 to May 8 to conclude the theater’s 2015-16 Season.
“I’m thrilled with our collaborations during this transformational season, especially with Towson University, with which we have had a profound, long-term relationship,” says Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. “Strengthening the community through partnerships is a hallmark of the Center Stage mission. We look forward to this adventure as we begin the next stage of the Center Stage journey.”
The shows hosted at Towson will be fully produced Center Stage productions, with a professional company and the same level of excellence. While in residence at Towson, Center Stage staff will participate in the university community as visiting artists in selected classes and offer Towson students exposure to the world of professional theater.
“Center Stage’s Calvert Street home is in great need of renovations to support the future of this institution,” Managing Director Stephen Richard says. “We have an ambitious plan for the building, the details of which we will share soon.”
Designed by Baltimore-based architects Cho Benn Holback (Baltimore School for the Arts, Everyman Theatre) and acclaimed London-based theater designers Charcoalblue (The Young Vic Theatre, The Shed at The National Theatre of Great Britain), the renovation and revitalization project will reimagine Center Stage for both audiences and artists, expanding artistic and production capabilities while providing new amenities that will improve and enrich the audience experience.
For more information on the Towson residency, visit https://www.centerstage.org/BoxOffice/TowsonsMainstageTheatre.aspx
For more information on the 2015-16 Season, visit https://www.centerstage.org/ShowsandEvents/1516Season.aspx