Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard in "Underground Railroad Game" from Lightning Rod Special. (Photo by Tamara Rodriguez Reichberg)

Single Carrot Theatre Announces 2016–17 Season

The Baltimore theatre’s 10 season will feature plays from Sam Shepard and Lauren Yee, as well as interactive works.

BALTIMORE: Single Carrot Theatre has announced its 2016–17 season, the company’s 10th. The season will include a mix of plays, interactive works, and short plays from returning playwrights.

Opening the season will be Savage/Love by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin, a series of poems cowritten by the two, that track a relationship from beginning to end.

Lauren Yee’s Samsara is about the adventures and challenges faced by a couple when the husband travels to India to meet the surrogate mother of their future child.

Next up will be Underground Railroad Game, from Philadelphia company Lightning Rod Special. Written by Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard, the audience will become fifth graders as they are taught about race relations, history, violence, and sex.

Special to the season will be A Short Reunion, an event in which Single Carrot will commission new work from past playwrights whose work was produced at the theatre. The playwrights will be Jen Silverman, Joshua Conkel, Shawn Reddy, Ben Hoover, Adam Szymkowicz, Caridad Svich, Charles Mee, and Eric Dufault. Their pieces will be performed and produced by past and current members of Single Carrot’s ensemble.

Single Carrot will also partner with Stereo AKT, a Hungarian company, for Promenade: Baltimore. The actual streets and neighborhoods of Baltimore will serve as both the main character and setting of the play as audiences are guided through Baltimore on a bus to follow actors as they tell stories about the city.

The run-dates for each production will be announced at a later date.

Single Carrot Theatre was formed by 10 graduates of the University of Colorado. It is an ensemble company producing new and socially significant work, as well as reimagined classics. It is named for a quote by Paul Cézanne: “The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.”

  • Matt_Sweeney

    Savage/Love is not a new play. It was written and first performed in 1981.

    Samsara has been around for a while, too–but I guess you can quibble about workshops, etc.

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