These are the Best Bets for October 2019!
In the Blood @ Fells Point Corner Theater
by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Mari Andrea Travis
October 11th, 2019 – November 3rd, 2019
Pay What You Can/Preview on Thursday, October 10th (Cash Only at the door)
An unflinching and incendiary look at motherhood, race and poverty, In The Blood serves as a bold and challenging work by one of America’s greatest modern playwrights: Suzi Lori Parks. In this modern day riff on The Scarlet Letter, Hester, a young, homeless mother of five, must find a way to provide and protect for her children while living on the streets. While Hester’s children fill her life with joy — providing loving comedy in a harsh world of poverty — everyone else in her life takes everything they can. A parable of injustice and cruelty, this play stares into a story that the world all too often looks away from.
“…extraordinary new play…taut and packed…Ms. Parks’ writing has grown leaner and hungrier…IN THE BLOOD is about the way we live now, and it is truly harrowing…You will leave…feeling pity and terror. And because it is a work of art, you will leave thrilled, even comforted by its mastery…”
– The New York Times
A Shayna Maidel @ The Strand
Directed by Melissa McGinley
October 18th – November 3rd
Industry Night October 28th
The setting of the play is the stylish Manhattan apartment of Rose Weiss, the time 1946. Although born in Poland, Rose, now in her 20s, came to the United States with her father, Mordechai, at the age of four and is now completely “Americanized.” The plan had been for Rose’s mother and sister to join the others, but the sister fell ill with scarlet fever, the mother stayed on to care for her, and soon the rise of the Nazis cut off their escape. Their ordeal in the concentration camps, which only the sister survived, has brought a burden of guilt to the aging Mordechai and deeply mixed feelings as he awaits the arrival of his elder daughter, Lusia, who has, at last, found her way to America. With her halting English and old world ways Lusia is a striking contrast to Rose, who is somewhat embarrassed by her rediscovered sister’s presence, and fearful that it will threaten her own hard-won independence. Distraught, and concerned that she may never be reunited with her young husband, Lusia embraces a series of memories and fantasies which make real the joys and horrors of her life before the war, from which her father and sister were spared. But when Mordechai gives Rose a letter from her mother—a letter left many years earlier with a non-Jewish Polish friend—a “proof” of family is somehow restored, and old barriers and griefs give way to a renewed sense of hope and mutual dependence—and the conviction that a better future may yet arise from the bitter ashes of the troubled past.
Lizzie the Musical @ Guerilla Theater Front
At Creative Labs 10/4 & 10/5 ONLY – two shows per night- 8 pm and 11 pm
SECOND WEEKEND ADDED: 10/25 & 10/26- 8 pm and 11 pm. GET THERE!!
Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother forty whacks;
When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one..
Join us for the Baltimore Premiere of Lizzie the Musical! Featuring four badass female rock singers, Lizzie, details the notorious story of Lizzie Borden, who in 1892, was the main suspect in the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother. As secrets in the Borden household reach a boiling point, Lizzie’s rage explodes, and she finds herself considering the unthinkable. With music & lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and book & lyrics by Tim Maner, Lizzie the Musical is a bloody good time.
Director: Greg Bell
Mr. Wolf @ Single Carrot Theater
How do you find your place in a world in which you no longer belong? When 15-year old Theresa is miraculously returned to her parents after being abducted as a toddler, her family must reconcile the child they lost with the young woman they’ve found. Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Gruesome Playground Injuries) unfurls Theresa’s new life, as she and her family struggle to make sense of a shattered past and an uncertain future in the wake of a parent’s worst nightmare. CONTENT TRANSPARENCY: This show contains a gunshot, suicide, and references to suicide, emotional abuse of a minor, and references to missing children.
Running Sept 11- Oct 13 In the Rectory of St. John’s Church, 3009 Greenmount Ave.