With 12,604 subscribers in tow, Baltimore's Center Stage is celebrating the arrival of its 35th season by paying special attention to women playwrights and authors born in Maryland. Paula Vogel's award-winning How I Learned To Drive will be on the season schedule at Center Stage, as will two other dramas by women, including fellow Maryland native, Kia Corthron.
Six productions will comprise the Mainstage season, of which five have been officially chosen. If Center Stage can't get the rights to one of the new plays, artistic director Irene Lewis will do Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession instead.
Splash Hatch On The E Going Down by Kia Corthron, Maryland native and author of Seeking The Genesis. "A look at love, loss and the ozone layer," the world premiere show follows a Harlem couple worried that Earth is too toxic to bring a new child into. Marion McClinton directs the drama, Nov. 14-Jan. 4, 1998.
Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry. Marion McClinton directs this drama that takes place on the eve of a revolution by African natives against colonial Europeans. Though Hansberry died in 1965, the play was finished by her husband, Robert Nemiroff, and released in 1970. (Jan 2 Feb. 1,1998). H.M.S. Pinafore (or, The Lass That Loved A Sailor) by W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan. Artistic director Irene Lewis will stage Center Stage's first-ever Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, about a common sailor in love with the Captain's daughter. (Feb. 1-April 5, 1998).
How I Learned To Drive, by Baltimore native Vogel. Currently Off Broadway at the Century Center Theatre, the drama follows the unsteady, unhealthy relationship between a young girl and her alcoholic uncle. (Dates in spring 1998)
For tickets and information on the Center Stage season, please call (410) 332-0033 or check out their website at http://www.centerstage.org
--By David Lefkowitz