Bmore Aware- Small Theater Responds
Baltimore is beautiful. Baltimore is my town. And, if you read this blog on the regular, it’s probably your town too.
We love it, don’t we? It’s wacky and weird and wild, hon.
But what ain’t so chachacharming is the systematic injustice, racism, inequality and authorized brutality that have come to a head with the death of a young man named Freddie Gray while in police custody (if you’re not familiar with this case, I think there might be something about it on the news if you look hard enough).
We’re seeing riots and we’re seeing love. We’re protesting. We’re turning in early. We’re in a militarized zone. We’re falling in love with our State’s Attorney. We’re cleaning up. We’re throwing down.
The streets are exploding with anger and fear and peace.
The Oracle isn’t a political space, but everyone who says that ends up seeming chickenshit, right? What I mean is that we aren’t experts in what’s happening and there are juuuust about enough opinions pouring out of all kind of privileged gobs right now. What we do is see, review and support Baltimore small theater. So, we’re going to give you the heads up on some small theater happenings in response to current events.
See below for events/announcements and get involved!
From Cohesion Theatre Company:
Cohesion Theatre Company is looking to put some art out in the world in response to the current climate and conversation in Baltimore. THIS SUNDAY AND NEXT SUNDAY we’ll be performing staged readings of plays about race, class, social and economic justice, and police conduct. We’re putting this together fast, and we need actors, a couple directors, and people who like to show up.
We are hoping to do some outdoors in Patterson Park, and some indoors at The Church on The Square in Canton.
We will have much more information very soon, but here are the basics we are working with now:
Sunday, May 3rd:
Appropriate by Branden Jacob-Jenkins – 2pm – 4pm
Discussion & Break 5pm – 7pm
The Mojo and The Sayso by Aishah Rahman – 7pm – 9pm
Sunday, May 10th:
A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – 2pm – 4pm
Discussion & Break 5pm – 7pm
Force Continuum by Kia Corthron – 7pm -9pm
We will need actors of all kinds, but especially African American actors. If you aren’t an actor, but would be willing to join in the readings, or know someone who would, please pass this notice along and ask them to contact me, at Brad@cohesiontheatre.org
When responding please include the dates you are available, and possible show you are interested in.
From The Collective:
In consideration of the recent events and current unrest in Baltimore, The Collective will be reaching out to the community in hopes of providing a space/place where people can be connected and safe.
If you know of a community or group that would benefit from the opportunity to attend [re]wired, please contact Theatre Project or The Collective for more information.
Additionally, The Collective will present [re]wired this weekend in the city that we have called home for the past fifteen years, a city that we love. We are inspired by the efforts to unite and rebuild this city and would like to support those efforts by accepting donations of personal care items/toiletries at both the Saturday evening and Sunday matinee.
You will receive $1 off your ticket for every item donated.
We stand with Baltimore. #onebaltimore #baltimoreunited
Theatre Project can be reached at 410.752.8558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Collective can be reached at 443-257-3844 or email@example.com
Regarding Performances of Jacques Brel for this weekend (May 1 – 3, 2015)
With the City Wide Curfew in effect this weekend – Spotlighters is adjusting our curtain times for Friday & Saturday (May 1 & 2).
The Friday evening (May 1) show will begin at 7:00pm. This means that the lobby will open at 6:00pm. The show runs an hour and 45 mins, so everyone should be able to chat and visit for a while and still be home (or out of the city) by the 10pm curfew. There will NOT be a reception on opening night. It will be rescheduled later in the run.
The Saturday (May 2) show will be a 2:00pm matinee. If you have tickets for the 8pm performance, these will automatically be moved to the 2pm show on Saturday, or you may exchange them for another night in the run of Jacques Brel. Please either use the link in your confirmation email or contact the theatre to re-schedule.
The Sunday (May 3) show will remain at 2:00pm.
We do apologize for this inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding as we strive for THE SHOW TO GO ON! We do hope that you will come out and enjoy this fun and lively evening of the music of Jacques Brel – 21 vignettes and story songs about love and life — and everything in between!
More info at http://www.spotlighters.org
From Glass Mind:
Audition Update: GMT is aware of what is taking place this week in Baltimore. I think we can say we all are in favor of peace and justice for all citizens of our amazing city. We are aware of a protest taking place downtown at 2pm (gathering at noon) on Saturday, and we support anyone exercising their rights.
We WILL still be holding auditions at 10am on Saturday, and if you are planning to attend the protest, arrive early and let us know so we can get you out in plenty of time, or join us on Wednesday, May 6th from 7-9pm.
We will make sure everyone who wants to audition will get a chance, and if we need to extend the time on Wednesday (the curfew is slated to be over by this week) to accommodate, we will.
Feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Audition details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/668287809942801/
From Fells Point Corner:
At this time, we are very sorry to announce that this weekend’s upcoming performances of The House of Bernarda Alba will be canceled. Because of the current state of our city, in order to observe the curfew as well as the related safety concerns, we feel it is in the best interest of our patrons as well as the cast and crew of the show to make this decision. FPCT sends out its love and affection and wishes for everyone to stay safe while we work through this difficult period.
All ticket holders will be contacted with the option to reschedule or refund any tickets purchased for Thursday 4/30, Friday 5/1, Saturday 5/2 or Sunday 5/3.
Vagabond Players Performance Schedule Changes for “Side by Side”, May 1-2
We have made a couple of performance schedule changes for May 1 and May 2:
The Friday, May 1, performance is cancelled. Exchanges are available at no cost; if you cannot re-schedule, we will refund your payment. Don’t forget the special Thursdays on Broadway performance on May 14.
The Saturday, May 2, performance will start at 7:00pm (instead of the usual 8:00pm) to enable our patrons and cast/crew to comply with the Baltimore City 10pm curfew. The show runs almost exactly two hours, so you’ll be out at about 9:00.
Sunday’s performance (May 3) will start at the usual 2:00 hour.
OUR BELOVED CITY OF BALTIMORE! This past week has been a tremendous step forward for our city! Through solidarity and peaceful protest, our city has come together and demonstrated that justice can and WILL happen through love, gathering, and a passion for change.
In order to provide you with a quality show, we’re are taking an extra week to put on the BEST show for YOU, our amazing audience! We have decided to push our production of AVENUE Q back one week, which means we are now running from May 14th through June 6th! Those who have already bought tickets for CANCELLED dates have been notified! If you wish to purchase tickets, you can find them online with the link below!
As Sean O’ Casey once said, “Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.”
THANK YOU, and please #joinus for AVENUE Q!
#baltimoretheatre #bmorestrong #avenueq #stillpointe
That’s all I’ve got right now. E-mail me with corrections or updates at email@example.com.