BALTIMORE: Everyman Theatre has announced its 2020-21 season, including six in-person and productions six digital events. Exact run dates will not be announced until artists, staff, and patrons can safely return to the theatre.
“This season is like no other, of course, but we’ve decided to embrace those challenges and meet our patrons where they feel the most safe and reassured that their experience at Everyman will be both welcoming and thoughtful,” said artistic director Vincent M. Lancisi in a statement. “Being our 30th anniversary, it was important to me that we produce six dynamic stories from a wide range of authors and perspectives, that are worthy of such an epic milestone, while offering more access than ever before through the mix of live and digital experiences. Most importantly, these performances had to showcase our amazing Resident Company of artists who are at the center of the art we make at Everyman. We cannot wait to invite audiences back through our doors where we can celebrate the power and community that is so unique to theatre, whether it be here on Fayette Street, or in the comfort of our patrons’ homes.”
The season will begin with Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, the company’s third installment of the Queens Girl series. The one-woman show is about a student forced to confront the space between white and Black culture as she begins college in Vermont. Resident company member Felicia Curry will star, and associate artistic director Paige Hernandez will direct.
Next up will be Molly Smith Metzler’s Cry It Out, a comedy about a single mother navigating the joys and perils of parenthood. Lancisi will direct.
Following will be Angelica Chéri’s Berta, Berta, about a man who commits an unforgivable crime and wishes to make amends with his long lost lover in 1920s Mississippi. Reginald L. Douglas will direct.
The season will continue with Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, about an inner-city school teacher wrestling with that realization that her teenage son may be in danger of straying into the school-to-prison pipeline that traps young men of color.
The season will close out with Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, about six women in Louisiana who gather to gossip at a hair salon over the course of three years.
In addition to the mainstage offerings, Lancisi will host a free lunchtime interview series called “The Kitchen Table,” which will feature Resident Company members and guest artists. The first one is scheduled for Sept. 24 and features a conversation with Everyman’s two associate artistic directors, Paige Hernandez and Noah Himmelstein. Additionally, on five consecutive Wednesday evenings leading up to Halloween starting on September 23, Resident Company member Danny Gavigan has produced and will host a brand-new audio series called Resident Ghost Company, with details to follow in the coming weeks.
The company’s department of education and community engagement will offer seasonal classes and opportunities for people of all ages to create and connect.
“This year has tested us as individuals, as a business, and as an art form,” said managing director Marissa LaRose in a statement. “We have planned for months what our return might look like and while we cannot predict exactly when it will ultimately be, we are committed to sharing stories with Baltimore as soon as we safely can. It will be a season of flexibility, adaptability, and perseverance, and I could not be prouder of the effort that’s been made by our staff, board, and resident company of artists to make it all happen.”
Everyman Theatre, founded in 1990, strives to produce high-quality productions that are engaging, affordable, and accessible for audiences.
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