Baltimore's Centerstage Reveals Part of Its Upcoming Season

News   Baltimore's Centerstage Reveals Part of Its Upcoming Season Half of Baltimore Centerstage's 2007-08 Mainstage season, including the world premiere of a Melanie Marnich play, was announced March 15 by artistic director Irene Lewis.

The upcoming season will include Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which made its Broadway debut in 1967, winning the Tony Award for Best Play. The work from the author of Coast of Utopia concerns "Hamlet's luckless courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern [who] wax philosophic about life, death, and the puzzles of language."

Stephen Sondheim will also be represented during the 2007-2008 season with his classic musical A Little Night Music. The musical, which features a book by Hugh Wheeler, originally opened at Broadway's Shubert Theatre on Feb. 25, 1973, with a cast that included Glynis Johns as Desiree, Len Cariou as Fredrik and Hermione Gingold as Madame Armfeldt. The show garnered five 1973 Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. The Sondheim score features the composer's best-known tune, "Send in the Clowns," as well as "Every Day a Little Death," "The Miller's Son" and "A Weekend in the Country."

This past fall, Centerstage presented a workshop of Melanie Marnich's These Shining Lives; that new work will now receive its world premiere production as part of the new season. The play, according to press notes, "follows a close-knit group of women working as radium dial painters for a Chicago watch company during the 1920s."

The Baltimore-based company also hopes to present another of August Wilson's plays from his epic ten-play cycle that explores the heritage and experience of African Americans, decade-by-decade, over the course of the 20th century. Those works include Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II and Radio Golf.

The complete slate of six productions will be announced in April. Subscriptions for the 2007-2008 Mainstage Season are now available by calling (410) 332-0033. For more information visit www.centerstage.org.

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