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Reparations: A Musical

reparationsApril 9, 2015 – Segment 2

We take a sneak peak of Reparations: A Musical, a unique production that blends drama, comedy, music and dance to make the concept and issue of reparations “relatable.” With: Joseph Edwards, author of Reparations: A Musical; and Shirley Basfield Dunlap, Director of Reparations: A Musical and Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theatre Arts at Morgan State University.

World of the Play: The Rise and Fall of the Thriller

mDecember 24, 2014 – Segment 2

It’s the latest installment of our World of the Play series, where we take deeper looks at issues raised by the plays of Everyman Theatre. This segment is called “The Rise and Fall of the Thriller,” and is inspired by Everyman Theatre’s current production: Deathtrap. What makes a thriller thrilling?

Our panelists are: Linda DeLibero, Director of Film and Media Studies at Johns Hopkins University; Hollis Robbins, PhD., Chair of the Department of Humanities at Peabody Conservatory and Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Hopkins’ Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; and Lewis Shaw, Resident Fight Choreographer at Everyman.

Jenin Freedom Theatre in the Occupied West Bank

Jenin Freedom Theatre

November 7, 2014 – Segment 2

We talk with individuals from the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the Occupied West Bank. The goal of the theatre is to empower youth and women in the community and to explore the potential of arts as an important catalyst for social change.

Our guests will be: Nabil Al-Raee, Artistic Director of the Freedom Theatre; and Alia Alrosan, Theatre School student at The Freedom Theatre.

Theatre Baltimore: God’s Country Featuring LOVE the Poet

lovethepoetOctober 7, 2014 – Segment 3

Join us for a sneak peek of God’s Country, a performance by LOVE the Poet opening for a one week run by the Strand Theater Company. We’re joined by Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet, spoken word artist and musician.


World Of The Play: Race And Representation

vera starkMay 2, 2014 – Segment 4

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.


World Of The Play: The Dresser

THE-DRESSERMarch 14, 2014 – Segment 4

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.


World Of The Play: Women In Theatre

Crimes of the HeartJanuary 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We hear the second installment in our World of the Play series, where we partner with Everyman Theatre to delve deeply into the themes addressed in each of their plays this season.You’ll hear the panel Marc moderated on Crimes of the Heart, Beth Henley’s play about three sisters in Mississippi. When the play was released in the early eighties, women playwrights were produced far less often than their male counterparts. Over thirty years later, there are still gender inequalities in the theater. Why aren’t women playwrights being heard on our stages? We discussed that and more last Saturday at Everyman Theater with: Teresa Eyring, Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group; Playwright & Dramaturg Jacqueline Lawton; and Dr. Jackson Bryer, Professor Emeritus of the Department of English at University of Maryland.


Theatre Baltimore: Beowulf

BeowulfDecember 18, 2013 – Segment 4

It’s another segment of our Theatre Baltimore series! We hear about the current production at Theatre Project, Beowulf, from Chris Pfingsten, Producing Director of Theatre Project, and Charlie Bethel, the actor who is staging his solo performance of Beowulf until Sunday, December 22nd.




Theatre Baltimore: “Unveiled” This Weekend at Theatre Project


December 5, 2013 – Segment 5

We close out the show with a preview of the production running this weekend at the Theatre Project in Baltimore, Unveiled.

Award-winning playwright, actress and solo performance artist Rohina Malik will discuss her one-woman play, which deals with issues of racism, hate crimes, love, Islam, culture, language, and life. She was born and raised in London, England, of South Asian heritage. Rohina is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and an artistic associate at the 16th Street Theater.

For information about tickets and showtimes, visit Theatre Project’s website.


The World Of The Play: Red

redNovember 22, 2013 – Segment 3

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.



Theatre Project: Garbage For Plums

Garbage for PlumsNovember 21, 2013 – Segment 5

We close out the show with the newest production at the Baltimore Theatre Project, “Garbage for Plums,” based on a traditional Bulgarian folklore fairy tale about a man who wanted to find a good and caring wife for himself and chose a rather strange but clever way to go about it. In-studio are performers Petar Todorov and Desislava Mincheva from Pro Rodopi Arts Centre in Bostina, Bulgaria, and Theatre Project’s Chris Pfingsten.


Dance Of The Holy Ghosts: A Play On Memory

dance of the holy ghostsNovember 1, 2013 – Segment 4

We talk with Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of Baltimore’s CenterStage Theatre, and Marcus Gardley, poet-playwright and 2012 James Baldwin Fellow, about the current production at CenterStage – written by Gardley and directed by Kwei-Armah – dance of the holy ghosts: a play on memory. The play is about a Blues man living through the memories of his past, and his encounter with his estranged grandson. It runs at CenterStage through November 17.


LOVE the Poet Presents “God’s Country,” A One-Woman Play

LOVE the Poet's "God's Country"September 12, 2013 – Segment 3

LOVE the Poet joins us to talk about “God’s Country,” the one woman play she wrote, created, and performs in this Friday, 9/13 at 7pm at the 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul Street.