CenterStage Season to Include The Mountaintop and The Raisin Cycle

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Baltimore CenterStage will produce Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play The Mountaintop, Bruce Norris' Pulitzer-winning drama Clybourne Park and the world premiere of Beneatha's Place for the 2012-13 season.

The season will open with Arthur Miller's adaptation of An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen's drama that pits brother against brother, which will be staged by BCS artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah Sept. 19-Oct. 21.

The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, a co-production with the Trinity Repertory Company, will follow Oct. 17-Nov. 25 under the direction of Curt Columbus. Stephen Thorne's play stars Bruce Nelson as the macabre writer.

Edward Albee's acclaimed drama A Delicate Balance, directed by Mark Lamos, will run Nov. 21-Dec. 23. Also on the bill is Hall's The Mountaintop, which centers on Martin Luther King's final night on earth and his encounter with a mysterious stranger. Kwei-Armah will direct the production that runs Jan. 9-Feb. 24, 2013.

Susanna Gellert will direct the world premiere of Marisa Wegrzyn's Mud Blue Sky, which will be staged March 6-April 14, 2013. Here's how it's billed: "Work, motherhood, missed connections, and prom night form the backdrop for Marisa Wegrzyn’s tender, funny new play. In a nondescript hotel room near O’Hare Airport, three flight attendants and an unlikely fourth companion poise on the brink of looking back and moving ahead."

The final productions, Clybourne Park and Beneatha's Place, will be staged in repertory as part of CenterStage's The Raisin Cycle. Derrick Sanders will stage Clybourne Park, which picks up where Lorraine Hansberry left off in Raisin in the Sun, April 10-June 9, 2013. Sanders' Beneatha's Place, also directed by the playwright, will be presented May 8-June 9, 2013. "For his first drama set in America, Kwei-Armah offers his own response to Hansberry, continuing the conversation initiated in Clybourne Park."

Also planned is My America, a series of commissioned political monologues centering on the 2012 election, written by Lynn Nottage, Eric Overmyer, Paula Vogel, Naomi Wallace, Lee Blessing, Christopher Durang, Neil LaBute and Anna Deveare Smith. The short monologues will premiere and be filmed during the opening weekend of Enemy of the People.


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