Ultimate Guide

2016 - 2017 Theater Season

Baltimore continues to thrive as a leader in the performing arts world. From state-of-the-art theaters to a world-renowned symphony and a plethora of live performance spaces, there is no shortage of exciting venues in Baltimore where you can enjoy a night out on the town.

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Hippodrome Theater

Everyman Theatre

Center Stage

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Single Carrot Theatre

Hippodrome Theater
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

November 1 to November 6, 2016
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This Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King and I and South Pacific is delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella combines the story’s classic elements-glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprise twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to pen his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

A Christmas Story The Musical

December 6 to December 11, 2016
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Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas; An official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story, The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Directed by Tony Award®-winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, this new musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 16 to December 17, 2016
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The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” Raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets.

A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in your city! Get your tickets before they sell out at www.nutcracker.com

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

December 27 to January 1, 2017
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Getting away with murder can be so much fun…and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder!

Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical," Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Beautiful: The Carol King Musical

January 24 to January 29, 2017
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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “ You’ve got A Friend” and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony Award®-nominee and Academy Award®-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and two 2014 Tony Awards® and a 2015 Grammy® Award.

The Bodyguard

February 28 to March 5, 2017
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Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX!

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

RENT

March 31 to April 2, 2017
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In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th Anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.

Something Rotten!

April 18 to April 23, 2017
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Something Rotten! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post) Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is “The Producers = The Book of Mormon x The Drowsy Chaperone. Squared!” (New York Magazine)

Finding Neverland

June 27 to July 2, 2017
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Finding Neverland is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical! This breathtaking musical “captures the kid-at-heart” (TIME). Vogue cheers, “it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”

Directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR)

Everyman Theatre
The Roommate

October 26 - November 27, 2016
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A mash-up of Thelma and Louise meets The Odd Couple, this hilarious, coming-of-age story about a middle-aged woman from acclaimed playwright Jen Silverman took the Humana Festival of New American Plays by storm in 2015. When Sharon, a lonely Iowa divorcee, seeks a roommate and a change of pace in her quiet life, she meets Robyn, a mysterious vegan transplant from the Bronx whose secret past threatens to ignite Susan’s small world. Both women’s mismatched personalities and hidden talents erupt to reveal hysterical and inadvertent consequences, providing “a heartwarming reminder that it is never too late to completely reconstruct every facet of our lives that we wish to change.”

Dot

December 7, 2016 - January 8, 2017
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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy / star of Fear the Walking Dead)that takes a touching look at shifting family dynamics and the fragility of the mind affecting an African-American family from West Philly. Dotty and her three adult children are home for the holidays, but this year there is more than presents and yuletide on their mind. While Dotty fights to maintain a grasp on her fading memory, brother and sister collide in a riotous and raw familial brawl where losing your mind and losing your sanity are two different things.

Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

February 1 - March 5, 2017
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In this “tight and suspenseful” (Chicago Tribune) adaptation, Charles Dickens’ timeless classic comes bursting to life in a stylized and fast-paced world that is sure to leave you gasping for breath as six actors portray 35 characters. Pip, a poor orphan child in nineteenth-century England, is mysteriously plucked from obscurity by the wealthy and decaying Miss Havisham, changing his life forever. A secretive benefactor, unrequited love, and a series of great expectations plague Pip as he attempts to discover whether people can change who they truly are.

Los Otros

March 22 - April 23, 2017
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From Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party/Giant) and Ellen Fitzhugh (Grind/Paradise Found), and acclaimed director Noah Himmelstein (An Inspector Calls/I Am Harvey Milk) comes the premiere of this newly re-imagined version of an unusual kind of musical. Lillian and Carlos, two Californians, one white and one Latino, find their lives linked in unexpected ways. Told through three significant moments in their lives, a beautiful and intimate score captures the richness of each decade as they rise to face the preconceptions of what it means to be “The Other.”

Noises Off

May 17 - June 18, 2017
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Everyman’s Resident Company of actors transforms into a British company of actors in this “side-splitting” (NY Magazine) farce to end all farces. With their opening night on London’s West End just hours away, a cast of actors staggers through rehearsal. Just when the director thinks things couldn’t get worse—they do. With lost lines, love triangles and sardines flying, pandemonium takes over before intermission. Can the cast pull their act together both in front of the footlights and behind the curtain? A love-letter to the thrilling and unpredictable nature of the stage, Noises Off will leave you rolling in the aisles as everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

Center Stage
Les Liaisons Dangereuses

November 26 to December 23, 2016
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A SCANDALOUS TALE OF LOVE AND BETRAYAL - Two French aristocrats, Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover, the Vicomte de Valmont, challenge each other to seduce unsuspecting innocents in this story of revenge, debauchery, and hidden motives. Set just before the French Revolution, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) is a glimpse into the lives of beautiful people poised to denigrate and control everyone around them, including each other. But when one of them actually falls in love, the real betrayals unfold. Based on the French classic by Choderlos de Laclos.

The White Snake

February 24 to March 26, 2017
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A SPECTACULAR VISION IN A BRAND NEW THEATER - Mystery and magic intertwine in this fantastical fairy tale brought to life in grand spectacle in the newly renovated Head Theater. Originating from the ancient Chinese fable, The White Snake tells the story of animal spirits White Snake and Green Snake, who take human form as a beautiful woman and her sly servant. White Snake soon falls passionately in love with a poor fisherman, but their relationship is reviled by a conservative monk and tragedy lurks behind their newfound happiness. Complemented by storytelling techniques traditional and new, The White Snake will be a can’t-miss event of the 2016/17 Season for the entire family.

Twisted Melodies

March 17 to April 16, 2017
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A MUSICAL HOMAGE TO A SOULFUL LEGEND - This powerful one-man show is based on the real life of '70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, the creator of “The Closer I Get to You” and “Where is the Love?” and perhaps best known for his duets with Roberta Flack. Twisted Melodies is an immersive and crushing play about the brilliant musician’s compelling inner struggle. Torn between the muses that inspire him and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway evaluates the choices in his life in a gripping performance by Kelvin Roston.

Toni Morrison’s Jazz

May 19 to June 25, 2017
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A WORLD PREMIERE - In Morrison’s exhilarating novel, Joe and Violet move from the Virginia countryside to Harlem at the turn of the century, young and in love. Twenty years later, Joe’s interactions with a young woman set off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Peeling back layers and alternating perspectives expose ultimately sympathetic characters, who—like the growing New York neighborhood and the winding woods of their youth—reveal their own rhythms.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Anne of the Thousand Days

October 21 – November 13, 2016
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Maxwell Anderson’s riveting play rips the cover off an historic scandal. Anne of the Thousand Days chronicles King Henry VIII’s pursuit of the bewitching young Anne Boleyn. The affair betrays his Queen and rends his country. Written in 1948, the play’s themes of adultery and illegitimacy are no longer shocking. The storytelling is lyrical, frank, and boldly fascinated with Anne’s character and point of view. Our Anne is Lizzi Albert, a CSC Associate Artistic Director and Resident Acting Company member who recently appeared with us in Much Ado About Nothing and Uncle Vanya. Ron Heneghan, a Resident Acting Company member and our Director of Community Engagement, will play the King.

A Christmas Carol

December 3 – 23, 2016
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A Christmas Carol is Baltimore’s hottest holiday ticket. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come visit Ebenezer Scrooge to thaw his frozen heart with a timeless message. We set the delightful redemption tale in Baltimore, inspired by the landmark Victorian bank building that we have transformed into a theater for the classics. Adapted by our Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar from the Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol with a Baltimore twist is a holiday tradition to share with friends and family. Associate Artistic Director Scott Alan Small will direct A Christmas Carol.

Richard III

February 10 – March 5, 2017
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As charming as he is evil, Richard III marries and murders his way to England’s crown. Appointed protector of his nephews, the two child princes who are the heirs of the late Edward IV, Richard wrests the throne for himself. He rules from 1493 until his death in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Captivating and horrifying, the play is Shakespeare’s concluding chronicle of the Wars of the Roses. To great acclaim, we last performed Richard III as a movable play with a WWI setting in the ruins in PFI HIstoric Park. For our 15th Anniversary, we’ll re-mount our popular Richard III indoors with fresh energy. We’re thrilled that Resident Acting Company member Vince Eisenson will reprise his role as England’s last king of the House of York.

The Taming of the Shrew

March 17 – April 9, 2017
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In The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare puts Kate and Petruchio’s marital power struggles under a microscope. There, he finds humor magnified amid the imbalance of powers in their gender roles. She makes it clear that no man is worthy, so her father marries her off to Petruchio, who then sets about to “tame” her. As topical as it is hilarious, The Taming of the Shrew is a rollicking romantic comedy with enduring themes that have influenced generations of popular entertainment, from the musical Kiss Me, Kate to the teen movie Ten Things I Hate About You. Our Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar will direct Shrew.

The Fantasticks

April 21 – May 21, 2017
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Sentimental and funny, The Fantasticks was the longest-running Off Broadway musical in history. It’s a romantic tale about a boy and girl next door who are nudged toward marriage by their matchmaking fathers. Despite the Dads’ shenanigans and best intentions, the young couple must figure it out for themselves. With its universal themes and memorable songs, The Fantasticks is heartwarming and appropriate for all ages. Our guest Director is Curt L. Tofteland.

The Tempest

June 16 – July 23, 2017
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Storm, shipwreck, magic: The Tempest is Shakespeare’s magnificent island fantasy. The sorcerer Prospero conjures a tempest to lure his brother and King Alonso to his island exile. His intends to expose their treachery, for they have deposed him from his rightful position as Duke of Milan. Among his motives is his fatherly wish to ensure a proper future for his daughter, who is stranded with him on the mysterious island. It’s a perfect play for a summer’s eve in the park. Our Associate Artistic Director Lizzi Albert will direct The Tempest.

Single Carrot Theatre
Savage/Love

By Sam Shepard & Joseph Chaikin

October 26 – November 20, 2016
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There are as many ways to fall in—or out—of love as there are people in the world. This series of poems—at turns sweet, vulnerable, intense, and violent—traces the course of relationships from the first moment to the last touch.  This fall, the Single Carrot Theatre Ensemble will give life to the savagery and tenderness within this piece, as we infuse Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin’s text with our own experiences of love and loss.

Samsara

By Lauren Yee

January 18- February 12, 2017
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Katie and Craig want a baby.  Well, Katie wants a baby, and Craig wants what Katie wants. When Craig goes to India to be with their surrogate, Suraiya, flying-phobic Katie is left alone, plagued by visions of all that could go wrong and a mysterious, seductive Frenchman.  Suraiya, an aspiring doctor with secrets of her own, tries to remain cool and aloof while conversing with the life growing inside of her, a curious young man who has named himself Amit. Their lives flow together and intertwine in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth known as samsara.

Lightning Rod Special’s Underground Railroad Game

By Jenn Kidwell & Scott Sheppard

March 8 – March 26, 2017
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Continuing 10 years of bringing vibrant new work to Baltimore, SCT presents Ars Nova’s production of Underground Railroad Game, by award-winning Philly-based theatre company Lightning Rod Special. Coming to Single Carrot Theatre fresh from New York, this fun and fast-paced show by creators Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard turns the audience into a fifth grade class in a shockingly hilarious and poignant examination of race relations, history, and sex.

A Short Reunion

By Jenn Kidwell & Scott Sheppard

April 20 – April 30, 2017
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Since its inception, SCT has been privileged to perform the works of known, unknown, and soon-to-be-known playwrights in equal measure. Our commitment to introducing Baltimore audiences to plays that are both new and underproduced has allowed us to work with some amazing artists. To celebrate our epic 10th Season, we’ve commissioned playwrights from our past to write brand-new, never-before-seen shorts for SCT. Pieces by a growing list of playwrights, including the authors of Hotel Cassiopeia, Phoebe in Winter, and MilkMilkLemonade, will be performed and produced by the current ensemble, in collaboration with former ensemble members, returning specially for this spectacular, one-of-a-kind event.

Promenade: Baltimore

By Single Carrot Theatre and Stereo AKT

June 2- June 25, 2017
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Grab your bus pass and get ready to ride. In partnership with the Hungarian company Stereo AKT, SCT will move the theatre out of our building, onto a bus and into the streets and neighborhoods of the city we love. Baltimore is not only the set, but also a main character in this piece, which guides audience members into a world where fantasy blends into the everyday. Viewers aboard a bus will follow actors through town while listening to thoughts, stories, and live-edited music that highlight our city, its complexity, its struggles, and its beauty.

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