Baltimore Center Stage
2019-2020 Season List
MISS YOU LIKE HELL
Book and lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Music and lyrics by Erin McKeown
Directed by Rebecca Martínez
Sep 12–Oct 13, 2019
Everyone has baggage in this timely mother-daughter musical about escaping and belonging from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning In the Heights. Join Olivia and her mother on their cross-country road trip. Mothers may teach you where you come from—but they can be the trickiest things.
THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN
By Keenan Scott II
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax, III
Co-production with Syracuse Stage
In association with Brian Moreland and Ron Simons
Oct 10–Nov 10, 2019
Directed by renowned artist Taye Diggs, and written by Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends language, music, and dance. Welcome to the vibrant inner life of being Black, proud, and thriving in the 21st Century. Set over a single day, this richly theatrical mosaic goes beyond the rhythms of the basketball court and the boisterousness of the barbershop to shed brilliant light into the hearts and minds of a community of men searching for their most triumphant selves.
MEN ON BOATS
By Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Jenny Koons
Nov 29–Dec 22, 2019
This rollicking adventure tells a hilarious, true(ish) history of the Grand Canyon. We invite you along on a journey that throws the history book—and all the men inside it—out the window in this subversive retelling of the one-armed explorer John Powell and his exploration of the American West. Strap in for this uncharted, uproarious journey.
RICHARD & JANE & DICK & SALLY
By Noah Diaz
Directed by Taylor Reynolds
Co-production with Playwrights Realm
Feb 6–Mar 1, 2020
See Richard go. See Spot bark. See Dick cry. See Sally sign. See Jane struggle after a lifetime in her brother’s shadow. The classic world of “Dick and Jane” is beginning to fracture in this witty and raw look into one dysfunctional and dissembling family.
WHERE WE STAND
By Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Co-production with WP Theater
Apr 2–26, 2020
This brand-new fable of penance is filled with humor, heart, and music. When a town is running low on compassion and a man is stripped of companionship, just one kind stranger can tip the scales. Join in community as one passionate storyteller spins a supernatural tale of loneliness seduced by kindness and asks us “what do we owe each other?”
Directed by Mike Donahue
Apr 30–May 24, 2020
This is not your English teacher’s Greek tragedy. Dionysus is totally over your drama, and he’s going to incite the women of the land to raise some hell in the greatest party in recorded history. Closing the season with a political exclamation point from the birthplace of Democracy, The Bacchae hits the Mainstage at the same moment our nation surges into its primary elections.