CENTERSTAGE and the JCC Celebrate Five Decades of Theater


The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore will host a special event recognizing the founding of CENTERSTAGE and the theater's 50th Anniversary on Monday, January 28, at 7 pm, at the Jewish Community Center Gordon Center for Performing Arts. The evening will feature performances from iconic plays from each decade of the theater's history, as well as historical recollections.

Fifty years after a group of civic-minded arts patrons, many of them members of the Jewish Community Center, hatched the seemingly madcap scheme to start a professional theater company in Baltimore, their brainchild is thriving and about to enter its second half-century. Launched in 1963 out of an ambitious JCC drama group, CENTERSTAGE has become a nationally recognized leader in the regional theater movement.

On January 28, CENTERSTAGE will gather with some of those visionary pioneers to celebrate the founders and take a lively look back over the past five decades of CENTERSTAGE hits and highlights. The evening will include performances from Lanford Wilson's award-winning Hot L Baltimore, Tennessee Williams' classic Glass Menagerie, Eric Overmyer's landmark premiere of On the Verge, August Wilson's powerful Jitney, and Lynn Nottage's much-loved Intimate Apparel. There will be a dessert and coffee reception following the performance.

The Decade Plays: An Evening Celebrating the Founding of CENTERSTAGE
Hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Monday, January 28, 2013, at 7 pm

The Gordon Center for Performing Arts
3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at For more information, call 410.559.3510 or email

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