Press Release: Fells Point Corner Theatre proudly presents on our Godfrey Stage Gertrude Stein and a Companion By Win Wells

For Immediate Release:

Fells Point Corner Theatre proudly presents on our Godfrey Stage Gertrude Stein and a Companion By Win Wells, Directed by Anne Hammontree

Gertrude Stein and a Companion by Win Wells is the bittersweet telling of the love and lives of celebrated writer Gertrude Stein and her life partner Alice Toklas. Winner of Best Play at the Edinburgh Festival, Sydney Theatre Festival, and Vita Award for Best Play in South Africa, this two woman show spans decades and takes on multiple figures in the ladies’ world, from reporters and German soldiers to Hemingway and Picasso.

“The evening is a joy…Brisk, fun and literate.” – ​Gannett Newspapers

“The interplay gives the piece a spark beyond the page. It takes this very specific story and peels of its layers, revealing a fascinating study in human relations, in marriage, in the science of compromise and the art of enduring love.” – ​Chicago Reader

Director Anne Hammontree, along with the talented Marianne Angelella and Andrea Bush, bring Gertrude Stein and a Companion to life. Fells Point Corner Theatre is excited to share this imaginative exploration of love and time, written in homage of Alice’s biting wit, Gertrude’s poetry, and their colorful world that sparked the movement of Modern Art.

Admission: $19 for Sundays, $24 for Fridays/Saturdays.

Dates: Opens Friday March 2nd, 2018 and runs through Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There will be a Saturday Matinee on March 10th.
*There will also be a Pay What You Can Thursday performance on March 1st, which will be an open dress rehearsal.*

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Press Release: Truth, power, and subversion take center stage in THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY

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Baltimore, MD – Single Carrot Theatre’s 11th season continues with A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney. From Lucas Hnath, writer of The Christians and the Tony-award-winning A Doll’s House Part 2, The Death of Walt Disney takes audiences deep inside the dark heart of the Disney machine. Far from the sanitized history presented by the Walt Disney Company, Hnath’s portrait of the megalomaniac behind the magic is a sharp and blackly comic look at one man’s quest for immortality. As the lines of fantasy and reality blur in this dramatic retelling, dramaturg Abigail Cady has worked closely with directors Genevieve de Mahy and Matthew Shea to navigate the murky waters of Walt Disney’s life.

“A dramaturg is responsible for helping the production artists maintain the integrity of the world of the play,” said Cady. “For this play, that is a very particular world.” Cady, de Mahy, and Shea met constantly throughout the process, sorting through truths and embellishments that permeate the many layers of Hnath’s script.

In today’s climate of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ Hnath’s script feels especially relevant, though the heightened circumstances of the theatre feel “less subversive” in a world that is “more surreal every day.” Cady, well-versed in sorting fact and fiction, adds that “the essential truth of a story told in the theatre always has been and will continue to be an emotional, human truth.” ‘Truth’ is a subjective and slippery target in the theatre, as it is in history. Modern audiences must constantly examine the sources and storytellers who shape their understanding of the world. History, after all, is written by the victor.

The same can be said for the ‘history’ of the Walt Disney Company. “It was very difficult to find sources that did not skew towards positive or negative portrayals of the man,” Cady remarked, adding that “most official documents” are held by the Disney Company; accessing them is virtually impossible. “Biographies are either sanitized or dubiously sourced.”

Modern conversations about men, power, and controlling the flow of information feel especially prescient alongside Hnath’s script. For Cady, Walt Disney is a familiar figure; the ‘Great Man of Genius’ who has cast “a long shadow over our cultural consciousness since the country’s founding.” Be it Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, or Walt himself, “The Death of Walt Disney grapples with the question of how to reconcile a person’s contributions to the world with the damage they’ve done to it.” While Hnath may not have all the answers, audiences are given a window into the real, complex world of ‘Great Men’ like Walt Disney.

The Death of Walt Disney opens February 2, with performance continuing through February 25. The cast features ensemble members Paul Diem (Walt Disney) and Meghan Stanton (Daughter) alongside guest artists Eric Poch (Ron Miller) and Mohammad R. Suaidi (Roy Disney).

About the Play:
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about
THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Genevieve de Mahy & Matthew Shea

Leave the magic behind in this darkly humorous, cutting examination of the megalomaniac who shaped a thousand childhoods: Mr. Walt Disney. The carefree and charming creator of so many beloved characters – father-figure to a generation of Americans – fades away as this fraught and fast-paced play chases down the dark heart of the Disney machine. Power, betrayal, deception, and disillusionment weave together to form a portrait of a man so full of hubris and obsessed with his own legacy, he tried to remake the world and achieve immortality. Join us at the table. Regional premiere.

WHEN:
Pay-What-You-Can Previews: Wednesday, January 31 and Thursday, February 1 at 8pm
Running: February 2 – 25
Thursday- Saturday at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
*There is no performance on Sunday, February 4.

WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre
2600 N. Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Entrance on 26th Street.
Free parking available in adjacent lot and on the street.

TICKETS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tickets: $10-$29
Web: singlecarrot.com
Phone: 443-844-9253
Email: boxoffice(at)singlecarrot.com
Twitter: @singlecarrot
Instagram: @singlecarrot

PRESS RELEASE: Baltimore Center Stage to Present the World Premiere of SOUL The Stax Musical May 3 – June 10, 2018

For Release: December 20, 2017

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Baltimore Center Stage to Present the World Premiere of SOUL The Stax Musical
May 3 – June 10, 2018

Baltimore Center Stage has announced the final play of the 2017/18 season. SOUL The Stax Musical is a world premiere which tells the story of Memphis, Tennessee based Stax Records, its impact on the American cultural landscape, and the launch of iconic artists who created the foundation of what we know today as soul and rhythm & blues music. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and produced in association with Stuart Benjamin and Concord Music, SOUL The Stax Musical will feature the music of such legendary acts as Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes and others. SOUL The Stax Musical celebrates how music played a role in bringing Americans together during the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, and continues to bring generations together, from those who remember the early days of R&B, to those who have discovered the phenomenal impact of Stax Records and its artists through recent interpretations of their iconic catalog. A full cast and creative team announcement will follow.

What: SOUL The Stax Musical
Book by Matthew Benjamin
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah Produced in association with Stuart Benjamin and Concord Music
When: Performances Begin May 3, 2018
Where: Baltimore Center Stage – 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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About Baltimore Center Stage
Baltimore Center Stage is a professional, nonprofit institution committed to entertaining, engaging and enriching audiences through bold, innovative and thought-provoking classical and contemporary theater. Named the State Theater of Maryland in 1978, Baltimore Center Stage has steadily grown as a leader in the national regional theater scene. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE and Managing Director Michael Ross, Baltimore Center Stage is committed to creating and presenting a diverse array of world premieres and exhilarating interpretations of established works. In 2017, the theater completed a $28 million building renovation that created more opportunities for art making and community building, with new public spaces to gather before and after shows and state-of-the-art performance spaces with the best in theater design and technology.

Baltimore Center Stage believes in access for all—creating a welcoming environment for everyone who enters its theater doors and, at the same time, striving to meet audiences where they are. In addition to its Mainstage, Off Center and Family Series productions in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, Baltimore Center Stage ignites conversations among a global audience through digital initiatives, which explore how technology and the arts intersect. The theater also nurtures the next generation of artists and theater-goers through the Young Playwrights Festival, Student Matinee Series and many other educational programs for students, families and professionals.

PRESS RELEASE: Rapid Lemon Production presents the Regional Premiere of Love is a Blue Tick Hound

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For Immediate Release:

Regional Premiere of Love is a Blue Tick Hound

  • A new collection of four one-act plays by local author Audrey Cefaly
  • January 12-21 in Baltimore and February 9-17 in Washington, DC

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND December 4, 2017 — Rapid Lemon Productions will present the regional premiere of Audrey Cefaly’s Love is a Blue Tick Hound this winter as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The production is a collection of four 20-minute plays, three of which have received New York premieres and all of which have won multiple festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Performances January 12-21 at Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Phone (410) 752-8558. Online http://www.theatreproject.org.

Performances February 9-17 at the Trinidad Theatre, Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone (866) 811-4111. Online http://www.capitalfringe.org.

Love is a Blue Tick Hound is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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About the Company. Rapid Lemon Productions is a not-for-profit ensemble company whose mission is to encourage growth in the performing arts by developing and presenting new work by local playwrights. http://www.rapidlemon.com

For more information:

Max Garner, Managing Director

rapidlemon@gmail.com

(443) 832-8178

PRESS RELEASE: Baltimore Center Stage Announces Lookingglass Alice Cast and Artistic Team

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Baltimore Center Stage Announces Lookingglass Alice Cast and Artistic Team

Center Stage’s Holiday Production Boasts a Contemporary retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.

Baltimore—November 3, 2017. Baltimore Center Stage is pleased to announce the cast
and artistic team for Lookingglass Alice. A witty tale of curiosity and wonder, Baltimore Center Stage brings a fresh, modern twist to the original story. As the third production in Baltimore Center Stage’s “Season of Community,” Lookingglass Alice is a journey of rediscovery—a timely theme as families reconnect during the holiday season.

Lookingglass Alice is directed by Jeremy Cohen. This is Cohen’s third production at
Baltimore Center Stage. He previously directed Let There Be Love (2010) and Wild with
Happy (2014) and he is excited to collaborate with staff members that he has gotten to
know over the years. Assistant Director Mari Travis was handpicked by Cohen and is a
native Baltimorean.

“From the beginning, this has been a collaborative process, thinking about what this story
should be for Baltimore in 2017,” said Cohen. “The idea for this production is also that
we are engaging very directly with the audience right as they walk through the doors.”

The cast includes Markita Prescott* (Alice), Garrett Turner* (White Rabbit/White
Knight), Patrice Covington* (Red Queen/Dormouse), Christopher Ramirez*
(Dodgson/White Queen) and David Darrow* (Mad Hatter/Caterpillar). Two local artists were cast as dancers, Jessica Bennett, a recent graduate of Garrison Forest School,
and Sensi Silab, a senior at the Baltimore School for the Arts, in her first professional
stage appearance.

The artistic team includes director Cohen and Assistant Director Travis, along with music
director Jose C. Simbulan (Music Director), Tim Mackabee (Scenic Designer), David
Burdick (Costume Designer), Rui Rita (Lighting Designer), Lindsay Jones (Sound Designer), and Caite Hevner (Projection Designer). World renowned professor of hip-hop dance, Rennie Harris will serve as choreographer.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Lookingglass Alice begins Thursday, November 30, with previews through December 6,
and closes Sunday, December 31. Press night is Opening Night, Thursday, December 7.
For more information, visit http://www.centerstage.org or call the box office at 410.332.0033.

Lookingglass Alice is made possible by KPMG and Kramon & Graham. This performance is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). Center Stage’s Season Sponsor is M&T Bank and the season is also made possible by The Shubert Foundation and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.

About Baltimore Center

Stage Baltimore Center Stage is a professional, nonprofit institution committed to entertaining, engaging and enriching audiences through bold, innovative and thought-provoking classical and contemporary theater. Named the State Theater of Maryland in 1978, Baltimore Center Stage has steadily grown as a leader in the national regional theater scene. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE and Managing Director Michael Ross, Baltimore Center Stage is committed to creating and presenting a diverse array of world premieres and exhilarating interpretations of established works.

Baltimore Center Stage believes in access for all—creating a welcoming environment for everyone who enters its theater doors and, at the same time, striving to meet audiences where they are. In addition to its Mainstage and Off Center productions in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, Baltimore Center Stage ignites conversations among a global audience through digital initiatives, which explore how technology and the arts
intersect. The theater also nurtures the next generation of artists and theater-goers through the Young Playwrights Festival, Student Matinee Series and many other educational programs for students, families and educators.

Press Release: Highwood Theatre Opens 2017-2018 Student Season with Sondheim’s Follies

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Highwood Theatre Opens 2017-2018 Student Season with Sondheim’s Follies

“An ambitious and challenging piece rarely – if ever – performed by students”

The Highwood Theatre opens its 2017-2018 season with a concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, based on a group of Weismann Follies showgirls who reunite one last time before the theater they once performed at is torn down. The showgirls and their partners are forced to confront their regrets and challenges with current lives and relationships. The show includes an exceptionally talented 15-person student cast ranging from 7th to 11th grades.

Artistic Director Matthew Nicola explains: “We are tremendously excited about this production of Follies. In particular, the staging as an intimate concert production will not only the strip the piece down to its emotional core, but also bring the characters’ emotional plights within feet of the audience. This is an ambitious and challenging piece rarely – if ever – performed by students because of its complex score and story, yet the young cast tackles it effortlessly.”

The Highwood Theatre‘s 2017-2018 season, Off Your Rocker: Redefining and Defying the Status Quo, is the theatre’s most ambitious season to date. The season, with seven musicals and six plays, spotlights shows built around defying norms and comes at a time when it is especially important for audiences to consider different ways of thinking.

Off Your Rocker: Redefining and Defying the Status Quo stems from Highwood’s mission of building community through theatre and giving everyone a voice in the theatre they produce. It also offers unparalleled opportunities to Highwood’s students and professionals, from staging Highwood’s first professional musical in three years to bringing acclaimed Broadway performer Nick Blaemire and 34-time world dance champion Cate Caplin to Silver Spring.

Follies will take place on Friday, November 10 at 8 PM; Saturday, November 11 at 8 PM; and Sunday, November 12 at 2 and 7 PM. Tickets are $20. All shows will take place at the Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave, Silver Spring MD 20910. Tickets may be purchased online at www.thehighwoodtheatre.org/tickets or through the box office, which can be reached at reservations@thehighwoodtheare.org, at 301-587-0697 or by visiting the box office during regular business hours.

About The Highwood Theatre

The Highwood Theatre is a non­profit organization dedicated to bringing the community together through theatre. Now in its 15th Season, Highwood’s guiding principle is “anyone can do theatre.” Highwood was founded in 2004 and began executing its mission through seasons of professional­ quality theatre featuring all­-student casts, design teams, and production staff. In 2013, in conjunction with its relocation to the heart of downtown Silver Spring, The Highwood Theatre expanded to carry out its mission more fully and develop innovative, engaging programming for artists of all ages through professional and student productions, classes, and programs in schools and for home schooled students.

Contact Information

Tickets: http://www.thehighwoodtheatre.org/tickets.html

The Highwood Theatre Office: 301-587-0697

General Information: info@thehighwoodtheatre.org

Website: www.thehighwoodtheatre.org

PRESS RELEASE: Single Carrot Theatre Hosts Continues Conversations Surrounding Lear

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Single Carrot Theatre Hosts Continues Conversations Surrounding Lear

Baltimore, MD – Single Carrot’s 11th Season is now open with its thought-provoking and
fast-paced regional premiere of Lear by Young Jean Lee. Like Shakespeare’s tragedy, Lee’s
text includes universal themes of family conflict, guilt, and madness; at the same time, it
takes a nuanced look race, wrestling with mortality, and the complex dynamics between
aging parents and their adult children. In the hope of continuing the conversations sparked by this vibrant production, Single Carrot will be hosting talkbacks with panelists from Morgan State University, Center Stage, the ACME Corporation, and Chesapeake
Shakespeare Company.

Race, Shakespeare, and Young Jean Lee
Sunday, October 15, following the 3pm performance

Join Gerrad Taylor of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and Shirley Basfield-Dunlap of
Morgan State University for a discussion on the complex relationship between modern audiences and classical material. Share your thoughts on Young Jean Lee’s frenetic adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, and engage with our panelists on issues of race, identity and performance.

Pride Night at Single Carrot Theatre!
Thursday, October 19, preceding the 8pm performance

Join us for cocktails, live pre-show music from Christen B, and a fabulous evening of theatre celebrating the 9th Annual LGBT Center Awareness Day! More about the artist: Christen B seamlessly blends electronic and acoustic instruments with transcendent vocals leaving listeners in a state of euphoria! This Baltimore native is changing the way people experience music. She allows the audience to watch as she masterfully layers unique sounds while looping them on the spot and leaving the crowd wanting more!

Adapting the Classics
Friday, October 20, following the 8pm performance

Join Gavin Witt of Center Stage and Lola Pierson and Stephen Nunns of The ACME Corporation as they discuss the complicated task of adapting famous classical texts for a modern audience. Nunns and Pierson collaborated last year on an original adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, Stranger Kindness, which was recently named “Best Play” in City Paper’s Best of Baltimore Reader’s poll. Witt, along with Center Stage’s Kwame Kwei-Armah, is part of a national project to reimagine and update Shakespeare’s plays for a modern audience. Join them in a conversation on the nuanced process of bringing a well-known, perhaps beloved, text into the present.

About the Play:
Lear
By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Andrew Peters
Shakespearean drama meets millennial self-indulgence in this outlandish and driving take on King Lear. Boring, stuffy parents have been left for dead – consigning audiences to the not-so-tender mercies of a younger generation, a mix of heroes and villains indulging their own selfish whims. Despite sharp wits and sharper teeth, these Kardashian-esque kids are comically shallow, callous, and vain: more concerned with dancing and drama than their own doomed parents. But superficial pleasures can only reign for so long before their conscience catches up with them, unearthing ugly secrets, doubts, and fears. Regional premiere.

WHEN:
Previews: Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5 at 8pm
Running: October 6 – 29
Thursday- Saturday at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm

WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre
2600 N. Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Entrance on 26th Street.
Free parking available in adjacent lot and on the street.

TICKETS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tickets: $10-$29
Web: singlecarrot.com
Phone: 443-844-9253
Email: boxoffice(at)singlecarrot.com
Twitter: @singlecarrot
Instagram: @singlecarrot