Baltimore Center Stage Reveals Lineup For 2024/2025 Mainstage Season

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By: May. 16, 2024
Baltimore Center Stage Reveals Lineup For 2024/2025 Mainstage Season
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Baltimore Center Stage has announced the 2024/25 Season, the first season programmed by Tony Award-nominee Stevie Walker-Webb in his new tenure as Artistic Director. Memberships for the 2024/25 Season go on sale today, and single ticket sales will go on sale in the summer.

"In my debut season as Artistic Director, we're raising the curtain on a spectacular celebration of new plays.," said Walker-Webb. "Baltimore has always been a nurturing haven for artists, and this year, BCS proudly hosts not one, but two world premieres-a testament to our city's artistic vitality. With one play crafted by the talented Tony Award nominee and my cherished friend, Jordan E. Cooper, and the other by the razor-sharp writer and nine-time Emmy winner, Matthew Weiner, our stage is set for greatness.

Walker-Webb added, "This season, Baltimore Center Stage reaffirms its standing as a premier destination for cutting-Edge Theater. While our productions will soon grace stages worldwide, there's something truly magical about experiencing them right here in Baltimore, where they first come to life."

The 2024/25 season features a full slate of 6 plays, beginning this fall with a world premiere of Tony Nominee Jordan E. Cooper's new show OH HAPPY DAY!, directed by Walker-Webb and featuring original music by GRAMMY Award-winning gospel artist Donald Lawrence. Next, BCS favorite, and former Interim Artistic Director, Ken-Matt Martin returns with a production of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice, written by Kate Hamill, in association with Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The season then features a new collaboration with local mainstay ArtsCentric for the production of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, directed by Kevin S. McAllister (ArtsCentric Artistic Director), and featuring original music by Music Director Cedric D. Lyles, choreography by Shalyce Hemby, and costume design by Larry Boggs.

The season continues in 2025 with the East Coast Premiere of Everything That Never Happened, written by Sarah Mantell and directed by Jessica Kubzansky. Next up will be Akeelah and the Bee, a stage adaptation by Cheryl L. West of the acclaimed film, followed by the 40th Anniversary of the BCS Young Playwrights Festival. The season concludes with the world premiere of nine-time Emmy winner Matthew Weiner's John Wilkes Booth: ONE NIGHT ONLY!, directed by Walker-Webb and starring Ben Ahlers (The Gilded Age).

The line-up for the 2024-25 season is:

World Premiere of OH HAPPY DAY!

In association with The Public Theater

Written by Jordan E. Cooper

Original Music by Donald Lawrence

Directed by Stevie Walker Webb

September 19, 2024 - October 13, 2024

Opening Night: September 27, 2024

"Cooper's pen is fierce, skating through inside jokes, melodic monologues and gut punches." - The Guardian

An impending flood is the least of one family's troubles in this outrageous reimagining of Noah's Ark. OH HAPPY DAY!, written by and starring two-time Tony Award Nominee Jordan E. Cooper, begins in Laurel, Mississippi at a Birthday BBQ for Lewis, the patriarch of a family. When his estranged son Keyshawn (Cooper) makes a surprise appearance, family secrets unravel on a day that will change the world forever.

Listed in this year's Forbes 30 Under 30, Cooper has been hailed as one of the most illuminating and groundbreaking new voices of the American theater. His first play, the jubilantly disruptive Ain't No Mo', was directed by BCS Artistic Director Stevie Walker-Webb on Broadway. Their acclaimed partnership was rewarded with six Tony nominations, including Best Play and Best Director, plus winning the Obie Award for Best Play. Baltimore Center Stage proudly reunites Cooper and Walker-Webb for the world premiere of their newest collaboration.


Written by Kate Hamill

Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen

Directed by Ken-Matt Martin

In Association with Arkansas Repertory Theatre

October 17, 2024 - November 10, 2024

Opening Night: October 19, 2024

Love is a serious game of strategy and survival-and not just for the headstrong Lizzy Bennett and her sisters in Regency England. In Kate Hamill's bold and playful take on Jane Austen's beloved romance, this PRIDE AND PREJUDICE brings a decidedly progressive view of the expectations of and about women, suggesting "enough unsettling similarities between the 18th century and now," says, "to make us pause thoughtfully between laughs."


Written by Langston Hughes

Original Music by Cedric D. Lyles

Directed by Kevin S. McAllister

Choreography by Shalyce Hemby

November 2530 - December 223, 20243

Opening night: December 71, 20243

Fresh from its sold-out run of Cinderella, ArtsCentric returns to BCS with this warm-hearted, holiday classic! Using a heart-stopping fusion of blues, soul, jazz, spirituals, jubilant dance, and the powerful words of Langston Hughes, BLACK NATIVITY is the joyous retelling of how Jesus came into this world, seen through a unique African American kaleidoscope. This holiday season, gather your family, friends, and loved ones and experience together the show that "spreads joy!" (The New York Times).

In celebration of this production, esteemed composer and music director of the play, Cedric D. Lyles. will release the BLACK NATIVITY album.


Written by Sarah Mantell

Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

February 13, 2025 - March 9, 2025

Opening Night: February 21, 2025

Whether you love Shakespeare or Shylock, this story lives between The Merchant of Venice and the realities of Jewish history. Jessica and Lorenzo are in love, but to be together they must plan an escape from her father's house, the Venetian ghetto, and her entire culture. EVERYTHING THAT NEVER HAPPENED is about disguise, romantic intrigue, and the terrible price we must sometimes pay to be free.


Written by Cheryl L. West
Based on the original screenplay by Doug Atchison

Directed by Jerrica D. White

March 20, 2025 - April 13, 2025

Opening Night: March 28, 2025

Akeelah has a passion for words, the crazier the better! Under-challenged at school and overwhelmed by her daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood, Akeelah is finding it difficult to try. But with the Scripps National Spelling Bee just around the corner, her community is ready to show her she has the courage and tenacity to make her dream come true.

Based on the acclaimed film featuring Keke Palmer, this play is sure to delight theatergoers from age 9 to 99. Akeelah and the Bee kicks off a spring celebration of BCS's youth programs, culminating in the 40th anniversary of the historic Young Playwrights Festival.

World Premiere of John Wilkes Booth: ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Written by Matthew Weiner

Directed by Stevie Walker Webb

May 15, 2025 - June 15, 2025

Opening Night: May 23, 2025

From nine-time Emmy winner Matthew Weiner, creator, director, and showrunner of Mad Men and writer and executive producer on The Sopranos.

John Wilkes Booth - Maryland born, second rate actor, round-the-clock drunk, handsome womanizer, Southern sympathizer, white supremacist, and presidential assassin - is a man every American has heard of but few really know. Now Matthew Weiner, known for creating "big fun...classy entertainment with a brain" (Detroit Free Press) makes his playwriting debut with John Wilkes Booth: ONE NIGHT ONLY!, an audacious look at the notorious man buried in an unmarked grave less than a mile from Baltimore Center Stage. Ben Ahlers (The Gilded Age) stars as the titular John Wilkes Booth.

Memberships for the 2024/25 season are available now at They can also be purchased by calling 410.332.0033 or visiting the BCS Box Office during business hours, 12pm-5pm, Tuesday-Friday. Single tickets will be available this summer. Performance schedules, casting, and full creative teams for productions will also be announced at a later date.


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