Baltimore Center Stage, under the new leadership of Stephanie Ybarra, has unveiled its 2019–2020 programming. Included in the season is Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown's mother-daughter musical Miss You Like Hell; Jaclyn Backhaus' Off-Broadway hit, Men on Boats; a new play by writer-performer Donnetta Lavinia Grays; and Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man, featuring Taye Diggs in his directorial debut.
Kicking off the season in September will be Miss You Like Hell, a new musical from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Hudes and composer McKeown. Previously seen at The Public Theater, the story follows a cross-country road trip with Beatriz and Olivia, a mother and daughter navigating the tricky spaces between family, adulthood, and America's immigration system. Directed by Rebecca Martínez, performances will run September 12–October 13.
Beginning October 10, Baltimore Center Stage will present Thoughts of a Colored Man, which reunites playwright Scott II and director Diggs following a 2018 workshop at Arena Stage. Blending language, music, and dance, the show sheds light into the hearts and minds of a community of men searching for their most triumphant selves. Performances will continue through November 10.
Also in November will be Jaclyn Backhaus's Men on Boats, a gender-bending re-telling of history directed by Jenny Koons (November 29–December 22).
In the new year, Baltimore Center Stage will present Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally. Playwright Noah Diaz revisits the characters from Dick and Jane, the iconic children's books, in order to examine a dysfunctional and dissembling family. Performances will run January 23–February 16, 2020.
In March, the theatre will premiere Grays' Where We Stand, directed by Tamilla Woodard. 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?” Performances will run March 19–April 12.
Rounding out the season will be an all-new production of Euripides' The Bacchae, directed by Mike Donahue. With a focus on the tragedy's political core, the show will run April 30–May 24.
For more information, visit Centerstage.org.