Artistic Director Kwame Kwei Armah On His New Direction For Center Stage | WYPR

Artistic Director Kwame Kwei Armah On His New Direction For Center Stage

Nov 2, 2015

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Center Stage is about to undergo a physical transformation. Later this week, the theater will announce specifics about its plan to renovate its Calvert Street home. Many theater fans will tell you that the transformation at Center Stage began in 2011, when Kwame Kwei Armah was appointed the theater’s Artistic Director. His initiatives like the My America Project, and Third Spaces; the Raisin Cycle or his original musical based on the life of Bob Marley are examples of how he has tried to expand the boundaries of what a theater company can be; how it connects to our community, and how it fits into the world at large.

Before the construction begins on the building, Tom thought it would be good to check in with Kwame Kwei Armah, and get a sense of what he’s looking to do as Center Stage enters this new era in its storied history.

The Secret Garden opens at Center Stage on Friday night. It’s in previews now. It’s there until November 29th. The next show opens in Previews November 13th. It’s called X’s and O’s. 

Kwame Kwei Armah will also be Tom's special guest on Tuesday night, December 1, when the Baltimore Choral Arts Society presents their annual Christmas with Choral Arts concert at the Baltimore Basilica. He will be reading poetry of the season, in between selections of classic holiday music. That concert will be broadcast live right here on 88.1.