With a book and direction by Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, Marley will be presented May 6-June 14, 2015, the final production of Center Stage's 2014-15 season.
A creative collaboration between the Baltimore theatre company and New York City’s The Public Theater, Public artistic director Oskar Eustis will serve as dramaturg for the production. Kwei-Armah directed two shows at The Public in 2013: the Mobile Shakespeare Lab production of Much Ado About Nothing and the Public Lab production of Dominique Morriseau’s Detroit ’67.
Through an agreement with Blue Mountain Music and Tuff Gong Pictures, Marley will feature music composed by Marley—including, among others, songs from "Exodus," "Kaya" and "Rastaman Vibration," which were written during the period in which the production is set.
Marley, according to press notes, "explores a pivotal period in the singer’s life. In 1976, Bob Marley finds himself the target of an assassination attempt. Shaken by this act of violence in the country he loves, Marley leaves for London where he spends nearly two years in self-imposed exile. Chronicling the events surrounding this earth-shaking moment, Marley tells the story of a man transformed into one of the 20th Century’s greatest musical icons."
"Bob Marley was one of the great artists of the 20th Century, and a powerful and inspiring social leader,” Eustis added. “I am thrilled to be working again with an artist as talented as Kwame Kwei-Armah to bring his story to a new generation. Kwame has the intelligence, the talent, and the leadership to match Marley's."
The full cast and creative team for Marley will be announced at a later date.