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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Five months before Kwame Kwei-Armah's initial three-year contract as artistic director of Center Stage was to expire, the board of directors has extended this tenure through June 2018. The company's managing director, Stephen Richard, who started in 2012, has received a similar contract extension. "We hired Kwame with the hope that it would be for a longer-term relationship than three years," said Jay Smith, president of the board of trustees. "And when we hired Stephen, we thought that gave us a great team.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
When Center Stage announced its 2014-2015 season months ago, there was one TBA on the schedule. The company announced Tuesday that the missing piece is the world premiere of "Marley," a musical about the Jamaican reggae sensation Bob Marley, written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. The new work, with a score comprised of Marley's music, will close the Center Stage season, running May 6 to June 14, 2015. "This will not be a jukebox musical," Kwei-Armah said.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2011
When Kwame Kwei-Armah spotted a group of high school students walking back to class after attending a play he'd written, he rushed across Mount Vernon Square to intercept them. Kwei-Armah had previously met the teens during a visit to the Baltimore School for the Arts and knew they had tickets to a matinee of "Elmina's Kitchen. " On that winter afternoon in 2005, Kwei-Armah couldn't wait to hear the youngsters' reactions to his explosive urban drama and to answer their questions.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
Even in his first job, Stephen Richard showed a flair for devising unorthodox methods of helping a cash-strapped California theater festival make ends meet. "In Los Angeles in the early 1980s, it was kind of the custom that when a rock group went off tour, the crew got a bonus by selling the equipment off the back of the truck," he said during an interview in his new work space at Center Stage . "Their wasn't much market for used stuff, and it was kind of expected. They'd back the truck right up to our door.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
Having a big-time Hollywood star, not to mention one of the most prominent figures in live theater today, stop by to see your play is a pretty big deal. Bummer when you're not even there to enjoy the visit, though. Kevin Spacey -- that's Kevin Spacey the two-time Oscar winner, artistic director of London's Old Vic and star of Netflix's shot-in-Baltimore series "House of Cards" -- paid a visit to Center Stage Saturday, to watch its current production of "Beneatha's Place. " Also in the audience was Joi Gresham, of the Lorraine Hansberry Properties Trust.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
There has been a change in the spring lineup at Center Stage. Instead of "The Liquid Plain" by Naomi Wallace, the company will present the Baltimore premiere of Christopher Durang's comedy, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. The production will begin previews on April 16; the regular run is April 23 to May 25. "I was so looking forward to 'Liquid,' so this is a regrettable change," said Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who was to have directed the Wallace play -- he directed its world premiere last summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
Sometimes, there really is no place like home. When "The Wiz" blows into Center Stage on Wednesday, the show itself, as well as several of the actors in it, will be returning to the city where it all began. It was in Baltimore that the groundbreaking musical had its first production. "The Wiz," which retells L. Frank Baum's beloved story in the context of African-American culture, held its world premiere at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre on Oct. 21, 1974. The musical went on to Broadway, where it won seven Tony Awards and proved that a show with an all-black cast could attract a crossover audience of middle-class white theatergoers.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - The Ravens have drafted an interior offensive lineman in the first round just once in team history, taking Auburn left guard Ben Grubbs with the 29th pick in the 2007 draft. They are picking in the same spot again this April, and that plan could repeat itself in an effort to find Grubbs' replacement. Offensive linemen took center stage at the first full day of the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. They interviewed with teams, underwent psychological and physical testing and then met with the media.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2010
Marriotts Ridge High School senior Zoe Hamberger gathers with friends in her basement every Tuesday night for what she says is the highlight of her week: watching "Glee," the music-comedy- drama television series featuring a teen show choir similar to the school programs that Hamberger performs in. "They pick a wide variety of music and show how fun music can be," said Hamberger, who, along with her classmates in Howard County, is wowed by its captivating...
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
The multifaceted issue of race continues to cling to this country. Every sign of progress in relations seems to come with an opposite move, so that it often seems as if little has ever really, fundamentally changed since the age of Jim Crow, or even Reconstruction. There is much in this black-and-white vortex for playwrights to mine. I'm not sure if anyone will ever demonstrate that more movingly than Lorraine Hansberry did in 1957 with her incisive drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” but it sure is interesting to see what happens when others try. Two writers have taken “Raisin” as a starting point.
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