Baltimore's Centerstage Will Present Let There Be Love, Ma Rainey and More in New Season

News   Baltimore's Centerstage Will Present Let There Be Love, Ma Rainey and More in New Season Let There Be Love and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom have been announced as part of a newly structured 2009-2010 season at Baltimore's Centerstage.

Under the artistic direction of Irene Lewis, Centerstage has reconfigured its season to include a broader offering of work, including a cabaret series, a short works series, staged readings and full-scale productions.

The Pearlstone Series will present full-scale productions of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, featuring Laurence O'Dwyer as Lady Bracknell (Oct. 7-Nov. 1); the Laura Eason stage adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days (Nov. 24-Dec. 30); the American premiere of Kwame Kwei-Armah's Let There Be Love (Feb. 10-March 7, 2010); and August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, starring E. Faye Butler (April 7-May 9, 2010).

The new Short Work series will include Jo Roets' 50-minute three-actor version of Cyrano (Jan. 13-31, 2010); and Working It Out will feature a trio of short pieces including Hidden in This Picture by Aaron Sorkin, Washed Up on the Potomac by Lynn Rosen and Jerry & Tom by Rick Cleveland (March 3-21, 2010).

Centerstage is currently aligning the works to be included in the Concert Readings series, which is constructed to feature new developmental plays and previously produced material in an informal setting. The Centerstage Cabaret series is also gathering talent for an ongoing music series.

The holidays will offer David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries, featuring Robert Dorfman, in the Head Theater (Dec. 8-20, 2009). For tickets and further information phone (410) 332-0033 or visit Centerstage. Centerstage is located at 700 N. Calvert Street in Baltimore, MD.