SEASoN51 Theater for the H eart 2013-2014
Welcome to Season 51 at CENTERSTAGE. This year, it’s all about the heart. With a roster of remarkable theater artists and stunning stories, it’s a season of uproarious comedy, breathtaking music, gorgeous poetry, and unexpected adventures. Each of these plays says something fundamental about what it means to be human, about what it means to feel. To love, to laugh, to think and to ponder, to long for something or someone, to risk an adventure not knowing where you’ll end up. They are beautifully crafted plays, each with a daring and thoughtful take on matters of the spirit. Want to join us on this adventure? Membership is the best way to do it. Not only do Members receive the best seats at the best prices, but they serve as the very foundation that allows this theater to thrive. Won’t you join us? Warmly,
Kwame Kwei-Armah Artistic Director
SEASoN 51 Theater for the H eart Animal Crackers
A Musical Comedy Gem
Book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind Music & Lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby Adapted by Henry Wishcamper Original Orchestrations by Doug Peck
Sep 4–Oct 13
dance of the holy ghosts: a play on memory
Drama in the Key of Blues By Marcus Gardley Oct 9–Nov 17
A Civil War Christmas A New Holiday Classic By Paula Vogel Nov 19–Dec 22
Stones in His Pockets An Acting Tour de Force By Marie Jones Jan 15–Feb 23
Shakespeare’s Most Perfect Comedy By William Shakespeare Mar 5–Apr 6
The Liquid Plain
An Award-Winning Historical Saga By Naomi Wallace Apr 16–May 25
Wild with Happy
A Heartwarming Adventure By Colman Domingo May 28–Jun 29
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Sep 4–Oct 13
“Crackers is pure pleasure: Like Harpo, it’s always got another ace up its sleeve.” –Time Out Chicago
Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby Adapted by Henry Wishcamper Original Orchestrations by Doug Peck
The toe-tapping, knee-slapping Marx Brothers classic gets a zany new revival in this gem of American musical comedy. The society party of the season has landed at the Rittenhouse estate, but the disappearance of a valuable painting threatens to spoil the affair. Thankfully, Captain Spaulding is on the case! Or is he? Starring 2012 City Paper Best Actor Bruce Nelson as Groucho Marx playing the ineffable Captain Spaulding, Animal Crackers proves that the comedy genius of the Marx Brothers is as spot-on as ever.
“The richness of [Gardley’s] language… brings to mind the work of August Wilson.” –The New York Times
Drama in the key of blues SEASoN 51
dance of the holy ghosts: a play on memory
Oct 9–Nov 17
By Marcus Gardley • Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Oscar Clifton is a Blues man living through his memories of the past, until his estranged grandson Marcus pays a visit. Together, they confront a history of loves, regrets, and missed opportunities. This acclaimed play by Marcus Gardley is a poetic family drama set in the key of Blues— a memory-scape skipping seamlessly across the decades.
dance of the holy ghosts
A NEW HOLIDAY CLASSIC “It’s hard not to be touched by the plain beauty.” –New York Post
“When the actors’ voices rise together in song… there arises from the dark history being told an ineffable sense of wonder at the survival of faith and humanity even in hearts ravaged by loss.” –The New York Times
Nov 19–Dec 22 By Paula Vogel
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel spins a musical tale of hope and forgiveness. It’s a bitterly cold Christmas Eve in 1864 and all along the Potomac, from the White House to the battlefields, friends and foes alike find their lives strangely and poetically intertwined. Weaving together period carols and folk songs, this “beautifully stitched tapestry of American lives” (The New York Times) is sure to become a new holiday classic for the entire family.
A Civil WarChristmas
A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: An American Musical Celebration
AN ACTING TOUR DE FORCE Stones In His Pockets
Jan 15–Feb 23
By Marie Jones
When a big Hollywood film crew takes over a small Irish town, the locals line up to earn their “40-quid-a-day” as extras—and maybe pursue some dreams of their own. Charlie wants to write a blockbuster screenplay, while Jake would settle for a date with the lovely leading lady. Where they and their neighbors end up ultimately surprises them all. An “uproarious, joyful evening” (New York Daily News) with two actors playing more than a dozen characters, Stones is an acting tour de force both rollicking and poignant.
Stones in His Pockets
“It is sheer, nutty, rarefied fun… worth a leprechaun’s ransom.” –New York Post
“Twelfth Night is a perennial favorite… with its multifaceted plot mixing sweetness, sadness and silliness.” –The New York Times
SHAKESPEARE’S MOST PERFECT COMEDY Mar 5–Apr 6 By William Shakespeare
Revelry, disguises, swashbuckling, and (of course) pining lovers abound in what some call Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy. Twins Viola and Sebastian, separated in a shipwreck and presuming each other dead, wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria. A tale of mistaken identity and mismatched ardor unfurls as lords and ladies, servants and masters wind a topsy-turvy path to happiness.
Horton Foote Prize for
Promising New American Play
Winner of The 2012
THE LIQUID PLAIN
Apr 16â€“May 25
By Naomi Wallace â€˘ Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
In this lyrical and award-winning new drama, two runaway slaves and an amnesiac sailor live on the docks of an 18th-century New England seaport. But as identities come to light and truths are revealed, plans for an escape to Africa are put in jeopardy and their lives are forever altered. Kwame Kwei-Armah, after directing the world premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in summer 2013, will stage this sweeping historical saga for Baltimore audiences.
AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL SAGA 15
A HEARTWARMING ADVENTURE “Absurdly amusing.” –Variety
WILD WITH HAPPY
May 28–Jun 29
By Colman Domingo
Grief is a funny thing. Gil’s boyfriend has left him, his acting career isn’t exactly taking off, and his mother just passed away. He’s not taking it all very well. But luckily his boisterous Aunt Glo, a sensitive funeral director, and his outrageous best friend may be exactly what he needs. Colman Domingo’s new comedy, a recent smash hit at New York’s Public Theater, is a wild ride through love, loss, and, just maybe, The Most Magical Place on Earth.
“[Domingo is] extravagantly talented.”
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