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April 22, 2011

Center Stage fills in remainder of 2011-2012 season

When Center Stage announced its 2011–12 season a few weeks ago, one slot was TBA. It has now been filled with "The Whipping Man," a play by Matthew Lopez that had a well-received run at New York's Manhattan Theatre Club earlier this season.

The production, scheduled for April 4–May 13, 2012, will be directed by incoming Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

"The Whipping Man" tells the story of three Jews in

Richmond -- a former Confederate soldier and two of his former slaves -- on the eve of Passover, 1865, just after the Civil War has ended.

Lopez, whose works include "Somewhere" and "Zoey’s Perfect Wedding," said in a statement that he is ...

"delighted that 'The Whipping Man's' first regional production after its New York premiere will take place at Center Stage, a theater where I have had wonderful experiences as an audience member in the past. I am also honored that Kwame has chosen it as the first play he will direct in his new role as artistic director ... 'The Whipping Man' is a play about new beginnings and how we define family. I cannot think of a more perfect time and place for it to find its next home than at Center Stage at this particular time in its history."

In case you missed the earlier announcement, the rest of the company's seasons offers "The Rivals," "American Buffalo," "Jazz" (premiere of an adaptation of Toni Morrison novel), "A Skull in Connemara," and "Into the Woods."

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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