An adaptation of Maksim Gorky's Vassa Zheleznova, Constance Congdon's A Mother concerns a family's matriarch who will do anything for her family. About the play, Center Stage dramaturg James Magruder recently said, "A Mother is a script still in development, so [this reading] will be valuable to everybody involved as it gets ready for its premiere." Carey Perloff, the artistic director of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, will direct. A Mother is just one of two readings that will be part of Baltimore's Vivat! St. Petersburg Festival, which runs Feb. 13 to March 2. Regina Taylor has written a modern version of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, transplanting the action of the play to South Carolina. Entitled Drowning Crow, the play premiered last season at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The reading at Center Stage will be paired with the first act of The Seagull and will be directed by Marion McClinton, currently represented on Broadway by the revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Drowning Crow will be presented at the Center Stage's Pearlstone Theatre on Feb. 25; A Mother will be mounted Feb. 27. The Pearlstone Theatre is located at 700 N. Calvert Street. Tickets priced at $20 (Center Stage subscribers) and $25 (non-members) are available by calling (410) 332-0033. For more information, visit www.centerstage.org.