Directors Announced for Centerstage's 2004-05 Season

News   Directors Announced for Centerstage's 2004-05 Season Irene Lewis, artistic director of Baltimore's Centerstage, has announced the directors for the theatre's 42nd season.                          

Lewis will kick off her 14th season at the theatre directing Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, which asks the question, "What do you do when a woman with a past makes a play for your husband?" That question will be answered Sept. 24-Oct. 24 at the Pearlstone Theatre.

Will Frears, who helmed the premiere production of Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilio's Omnium Gatherum, will direct Centerstage's production of The Price. The Arthur Miller play about the confrontation between two grown brothers plays Centerstage's Pearlstone Nov. 11-Dec. 12.

Centerstage associate Marion McClinton, who received a Tony nomination for directing King Hedley II, will direct Elmina's Kitchen, which is making its American premiere at the Baltimore theatre. Kwame Kwei Armah's play concerns single-dad Deli and his relationship with his estranged son. Elmina's Kitchen, a hit at London's Royal National Theatre, will play the Pearlstone Dec. 31, 2004-Jan. 30, 2005.

Irene Lewis will also direct the Tony-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, Feb. 11-March 27 at the Head Theatre. Adapted from the Shakespeare classic, Verona features a book by John Guare and Mel Shapiro and a score by Guare (lyrics) and Hair's Galt MacDermot (music).

David Schweizer will direct Thomas Gibbons' new play Permanent Collection, which plays the Pearlstone Theatre March 11-April 10. The play, according to production notes, is described as "a provocative examination of the politics of race set against the backdrop of a privately owned and individually styled art collection." The Centerstage season concludes with Harley Granville's The Voysey Inheritance, April 29-June 5 in the Head Theatre. Artistic director Lewis will also direct this century-old ethical thriller.

For more information about Centerstage, visit www.centerstage.org. For tickets, call the theatre's box office at (410) 332-0033.