'My America'

"My America" (Violet LeMay / Special to The Baltimore Sun / September 21, 2012)

Center Stage at 50: A Weekend of Activities

Baltimore's venerable regional theater has a slate of activities planned for its 50th anniversary weekend. For details, call the Center Stage box office at 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org.

"An Enemy of the People" Henrik Ibsen's incisive drama is currently receiving a spate of productions around the U.S., perhaps because its examination of a corrupt political system couldn't be more timely. Center Stage's production is set during the Kennedy-Nixon debates, when television became a major factor in the political dialogue.

"As we are running up to the election, this is a wonderful piece to investigate the role of the citizen, the role of the individual, and to have the debate about the majority and the minority," says Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who is directing the production.

The show runs Thursday through Oct. 21 at 700 N. Calvert St. $10-$60.

"My America" The gala celebration at 7 p.m. Friday will feature appetizers, live music, performances and a screening of several three-minute monologues. $75.

An Open Conversation with the "My America" Playwrights. Kwei-Armah will moderate a panel discussion with national and local playwrights, including Christopher Durang, Lydia Diamond, James Magruder, Rich Espey, Polly Pen and Gwydion Suilebhan. Free. Noon Saturday, Center Stage's sixth-floor rehearsal hall.

50 Fest: From Page to Stage. The 17th annual Baltimore Book Festival extends down Monument Street this year courtesy of Center Stage and, on Saturday, inside the theater itself. There will be costumed characters, street painting, backstage tours, workshops, and live performances. Noon to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free

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