Our show concludes with the newest installment own our series with the Everyman Theatre, World of the Play. This episode is called Room for Her and our panel discusses August Wilson’s paramount play, Fences, and the roles of Women in society. Our guests are: Samara Stone, Licensed Certified Social Worker and founder of The Stone Foundation; Shirley Basfield Dunlap, head of the Theater department at Morgan State University who has directed several August Wilson plays; and Sakina Ansiri Wilson, health advocate and daughter of playwright August Wilson.
In the latest installment of the our World of the Play series, brought to you in partnership with the Everyman Theatre, Marc is joined by panelists in a thought provoking conversation based on the current production of J.B. Priestley’s psychological thriller, An Inspector Calls. The play reflects issues of class, collective responsibility and gender dynamics. Our panel of guests includes: playwright, author and award-winning producer Michael Olmert, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 18th Century Studies, and Modern British Drama at the University of Maryland; Robyn Quick, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Towson University where she is Professor of Theatre History and Dramaturgy; and visual artist, composer, and musician Paul Rucker, whose exhibition Rewind is currently at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
We close out the show with a panel discussion I moderated last weekend at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, part of the World of the Play series, called “A New Top Gun, A New War.”
In this conversation, inspired by Everyman’s current production Grounded, we examined the role of women in the military, motherhood, and the ethics of drone warfare. Joining the conversation were: LCDR Alex Dietrich, an F/A-18F strike fighter pilot from the VFA-41 “Black Aces” of Lemoore, CA; Col. Maren McAvoy, the Vice Commander of the 113th Wing in the District of Columbia Air National Guard; Major Heather Penney, formerly of the 121st Fighter Squadron who now flies in the Air National Guard; and Dr. Faheem Younus, Senior Fellow at the Hoffberger Center for Ethics at the University of Baltimore and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland.
We hear an illuminating discussion that took place last Saturday at Everyman Theatre as part of their World of the Play series. The topic was Race and Representation: “Our greatest accomplishment. Our greatest shame.” Our exceptional panel of guests shared their commentaries on race, theatre, and film, drawing from the current production at Everyman, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage. You will hear from: playwright and dramaturg Jacqueline Lawton, who was named one of the top 30 of the nation’s leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute; Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, professor of American Studies at UMBC and author of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; and Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zoe, Lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University and Associate Artistic Director at banished? productions.
We take a peek into what happens behind the curtain in live theatre, as we air the conversation, called “Must the Show Go on?” which was taped last Saturday at Everyman Theatre, part of their World of the Play series. Inspired by the current production at Everyman, The Dresser, the discussion reveals what really happens behind the scenes. Joining the conversation were panelists: Suzanne Herbert Forton, professional dresser; Kyle Prue, Everyman’s Director of Production & Casting; and Julie Potter, Costume Designer for The Dresser.
We close out the show with an interview of the two actors starring in the current production at Everyman Theatre, Red, about the Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko. We’re joined by Bruce RandolphNelson, who stars as Rothko, and Baltimore School for the Arts alumnus Eric Berryman, who stars as Rothko’s assistant, Ken.
We’re launching another new series today called The World of the Play. Marc is moderating a panel at Everyman Theatre for every play this season, and the first one happened last weekend. The panel was about the play currently showing at Everyman Theatre, Red, about the painter Mark Rothko and his assistant. The panelists are: Kristen Hileman, Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art; Donald Hicken, Director of Red; and Daniel Ettinger, Scenic Designer of Red.
It’s time for some Theatre Baltimore! Eric Berryman, Featured Resident Company Member at Everyman Theatre and one of the stars of Topdog/Underdog, stops by to talk about the play in which two African-American brothers were named Lincoln and Booth respectively… as a joke.
Director Donald Hicken joins us to discuss his latest play at Everyman Theatre, Fifty Words. The play is an intimate look at a marriage, as a couple is left alone for the first time in 9 years when their son goes to his first sleepover.
Fifty Words runs through this Sunday, February 19th. For tickets and more information, click here or call 410.752.2208.
Actress Dawn Ursula plays the role of Ruth in Everyman Theatre’s current production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A Raisin in the Sun. She joins us in the studio to discuss her role and the continuing relevance of the play’s themes over half a century after it was written. For more information and showtimes, click here.
Join us for another Theatre Baltimore interview. Today we’ll hear about Shooting Star, the new production at Everyman Theatre. The play takes place in a snow-bound airport, and tells the story of two people who run into each other many years after ending a love affair. Actors Deborah Hazlett and Paul Morella join us. Shooting Star is written by Steven Dietz and directed by Donald Hicken. For tickets or more information, click here or call 410.752.2208
Join us for another Theater Baltimore segment. Today we talk about Everyman Theatre‘s production of Blackbird, a two-person play by David Harrower in which a woman in her 20s confronts a middle aged man who molested her when she was 12. Megan Anderson and David Parkes co-star in this difficult, compelling, and unconventional play. They joined us to talk about their roles, the process of inhabiting troubled characters, and why they were drawn to take on the challenges of this piece.
As part of our ongoing series highlighting theater here in Charm City, we discuss the new production of Thorton Wilder’ Our Town at Everyman Theatre, which collaborated with Baltimore School for the Arts for the play. Director Donald Hicken, who is also the Theater Department Head at School for the Arts, and actor Carl Schurr, a company member at Everyman, join Marc to talk about how they brought the classic play to life.
Our Town runs through April 25th. For more information and tickets, visit Everyman Theatre on the web.
The Soul Collector is a comedy that revolves around an uncle and nephew team of garbage men who collect trash from rich white suburbs in hope of selling the items to finance their big dreams. When they discover that one of their treasures contains a young woman who is possessed by two very eccentric spirits, their plan undergoes a hilarious set of twists and turns. It’s currently running at Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre and Marc will speak with actors Erika Rose and Jefferson A. Russell.
A new dance theater piece called Paraffin is having its world premiere at the Theatre Project in Baltimore on June 4th. We’ll speak with Naoko Maeshiba, the creator of this work that explores issues of identity and man’s obsession with illusion.
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