ANNOUNCING OUR 2019/20 SEASON
Join us for our biggest season yet—an expanded 8-play lineup of classics and new plays, a brand new Upstairs space, and the inaugural New Voices Festival.
Dear Friend of Everyman,
I couldn’t be more excited about our 2019-20 season! We are thrilled to debut a brand new Upstairs space. In this remarkable new theatre, we will launch Everyman’s inaugural New Voices Festival showcasing writers who may not be household names yet, but should be (or will be soon!).
Next season will be our biggest yet—8 plays that will take you from Istanbul to Pittsburgh, from Mississippi to Vermont, meeting unforgettable characters grappling with essential questions of identity we all must face in our own time: Who am I? What do I value?
- Proof by David Auburn
- August Wilson's Radio Golf
- Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig
- Be Here Now by Deborah Zoe Laufer
- Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets
- Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains by Caleen Sinnette Jennings
- Berta, Berta by Angelica Chéri
- Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler
These are our stories and they are quintessentially Everyman—honoring our longstanding commitment to giving Baltimore beautifully-told classics while also keeping our fingers on the pulse of today’s hottest writers. Join us!
Vincent M. Lancisi,
Founder, Artistic Director
By David Auburn | Directed by Paige Hernandez
Catherine has inherited her late father’s house, hundreds of his notebooks, and his mathematical genius. Terrified she has also inherited his psychosis, she allows one of his devout students to comb through the writings. When he discovers a revolutionary proof in one of the notebooks, Catherine must face new questions from her past and risk, for the first time, revealing who she truly is to the world and herself. After her breakout role as Catherine in 2003, Everyman Resident Company member Megan Anderson returns to play Catherine’s older sister Claire in this “wonderfully funny... ambitiously constructed” (Variety) Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning modern classic.
“LEAVES US WITH A PROFOUND EXPERIENCE THAT RESONATES FOR DAYS ON END.” —THE TECH
AUGUST WILSON'S RADIO GOLF
Directed by Carl Cofield
Successful real estate developer Harmond Wilks is on a mission to become Pittsburgh’s first black mayor by doing whatever it takes to transform his childhood neighborhood from blighted to bustling. But when he learns the truth about his family’s legacy, he is forced to decide whether he will finish what he started or fight to preserve his community’s history. This fast-paced, crackling conclusion to August Wilson’s unparalleled 10-play The American Century Cycle examining the African-American experience in the 20th century is “surprising, suspenseful and crowd-pleasing” (The New York Times), and draws striking parallels to the issues we still face today.
“A HIGHLY FITTING FINALE TO ONE OF AMERICAN THEATRE’S MOST ESTIMABLE EPICS.” —TALKIN’ BROADWAY
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Adapted By Ken Ludwig | Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi
Board the exotic Orient Express as it takes off into the opulence and grandeur of the 1930s, with a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one. This dazzling new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece from comedic master Ken Ludwig is filled with twists, turns, and larger-than-life characters. Wax your mustache and bring your family as detective Hercule Poirot solves the perfect murder mystery this holiday season.
“A FUNNY, FAST-PACED THRILL RIDE.” —HARTFORD COURANT
BE HERE NOW
Written and Directed by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Bari rolls her eyes at yoga classes, doesn’t see the point in dating, and just got fired from teaching nihilism in New York. Now back in her rural hometown, her despair has reached new levels—and so have her recurring headaches. Somehow they are giving her bizarre, almost religious experiences that are making her feel… happy… ecstatic… and in love? They’re also killing her. Now, Bari must decide whether it’s better to live a short, joyful life, or risk a lifetime of depression. From acclaimed playwright, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Be Here Now is a comedic look at what we’re willing to do for love and happiness and to create meaning in our lives.
“CLEVER, SOUL-SEARCHING, FILLED WITH LAUGHTER.” —CINCINNATI ENQUIRER
AWAKE AND SING!
By Clifford Odets | Directed by Noah Himmelstein
In a crowded Bronx apartment, three generations of the working-class Berger family struggle against the odds during the Great Depression to make ends meet while keeping their dreams for tomorrow alive. Gritty, funny, and full of soul, Awake and Sing!—originally performed by the renowned Group Theatre—is considered Clifford Odets’s finest work. It beautifully captures the ambitions and heartaches of a Jewish immigrant family who must weigh the costs of holding onto an enduring belief in the American dream. Almost a century after it was written, it remains profoundly relevant.
“IT’S A CLASSIC AMERICAN STORY, AND THAT MEANS THAT IT BELONGS TO ALL OF US.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
NEW VOICES FESTIVAL
Everyman’s inaugural New Voices Festival showcases new and important writers who will be beacons of the future. This festival of new plays will run in repertory over the course of 7 weeks and be the first work produced in our new Upstairs Theatre.
BLACK IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS
By Caleen Sinnette Jennings | Directed by Paige Hernandez
A world premiere production commissioned by Everyman Theatre, the third and final installment of Jennings’s award-winning Queens Girl series reunites Resident Company Members Paige Hernandez as director and Dawn Ursula as the indomitable Jacqueline Marie Butler. As the Vietnam War rages and the Kent State killings ignite college campuses across the country, Jackie arrives in Vermont to begin college. Caught between wildly divergent sets of friends—outrageously wealthy “WASPS,” militant black activists and passionate theatre people—Jackie is forced to confront the space between white and black culture to find her place in the world.
By Angelica Chéri | Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
Mississippi, 1920. Leroy returns to the doorstep of his long-lost lover, Berta, covered in blood after committing a shocking crime. With his freedom in the balance, the clock is ticking for him to make amends. As their quarrelsome beginning transforms into an impassioned consummation of their love, can the inevitability of his fate be averted? A hit from last season’s Contemporary American Theatre Festival, this “riveting, gut-wrenching fable“ (DC Metro Theater Arts) weaves an intimate, yet epic love story inspired by the prison work song, “Berta, Berta.”
“BEAUTIFUL, POETIC, HEARTWRENCHING, AND IMPORTANT... A UNIQUE AND MAGICAL PLAY THAT COMES FROM THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH.” —NEW PLAY EXCHANGE
CRY IT OUT
By Molly Smith Metzler | Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi
2 a.m. feedings, dirty diapers, and other hazards of new motherhood are enough to give anyone sleepless nights. This no-holds-barred comedy from award-winning writer Molly Smith Metzler (Shameless, Orange is the New Black) holds both a microscope and a megaphone to the joys and perils facing new parents today, whether you’re ivy-educated or in night-school. Join Jessie and Lina in their Long Island backyards where the wildly different, but equally difficult parenting decisions facing each mother—and the neighbors in the mansion up on the cliff—are “worth your attention, whether you are a member of the mommy brigade or not” (Broadway World).
“A FUNNY, REFRESHING LOOK AT NEW MOTHERHOOD.” —DC THEATER SCENE