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New AD at Baltimore’s Centerstage Has Big Plans for 2012-13 Season

The new artistic director of Centerstage is named Kwame Kwei-Armagh (né Ian Roberts), he comes from Southall, West London, he is the second-ever Briton of African descent to have a play staged in the West End (2005′s Elmina’s Kitchen), and he is not shy, at all. For starters, he’s planning to stage 2011 Pulitzer winner Clybourne Park, which in itself isn’t such a big deal, you’ll probably see a fair number of productions of the show this season, because, you know, Pulitzer and all. Probably you won’t see all that many plays written and staged in response to Clybourne, however, especially not in response to those elements that were “genuinely disturbing,” that is unless you see it at Centerstage; they’re going to also stage Kwei-Armagh’s Beneatha’s Place, his Clybourne response play. Did we mention that he hasn’t written Beneatha’s Place yet? Clearly this is a man lacking in fear. Lend him your eyes, Charm City.  (FULL ARTICLE: Peter Marks, Washington Post)

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