Baltimore Center Stage Announces Digital Access for

Where We Stand

After cancelling Live Performances due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, BCS to make a digital recording available for audiences

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Baltimore, MD, March 26, 2020—- Baltimore Center Stage has announced that the theater will make available video and audio recordings of Where We Stand, a world premiere co-production with WP Theater, originally announced as the fifth Mainstage production of the 2020/21 Season. The play will now be offered via the Vimeo streaming platform beginning April 2, the date live performances were scheduled to begin. The theater will also offer originally scheduled pre- and post- show programming in a virtual format. Current ticketholders will receive an email with instructions on how to access the production and new ticket buyers will have the ability to purchase tickets on Baltimore Center Stage’s website (www.centerstage.org).

Baltimore Center Stage previously announced that, in following federal, state and local mandates for social distancing, and in order to continue to do its part to protect the health of the community amidst ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, live performances of Where We Stand, have been cancelled. However, BCS remains “open for storytelling,” and has activated adaptive programming and resources during the cancellation and other shutdowns. Over the past week, the artistic and administrative teams at the theater worked with the League of Regional Theaters, Actors Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society to obtain rights and clearances to present the play digitally.

“At the center of Where We Stand is a simple question: what is our individual responsibility to our community and what is our collective responsibility to the individual,” said Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. “I cannot think of a more resonant question for this moment and I am so grateful that we will have the opportunity to share Donnetta’s incredible artistry with audiences here in Baltimore and beyond.”

Virtual programming surrounding the show includes:

A pre-recorded conversation between BCS Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra and Where We Stand playwright and performer, Donnetta Lavinia Grays

A digital copy of the Where We Stand program, which includes a dramaturgical packet with discussion questions and resources for facilitating post-show conversations at home

A pre-recorded post show discussion with members of local community organizations, facilitated by Annalisa Dias, the theater’s Director of Artistic Partnerships and Innovation

Two live/virtual conversations throughout the virtual run of Where We Stand (dates and topics to be announced)

In an effort to make tickets accessible, Baltimore Center Stage will institute a “Pay What You Can” price structure for ticket buyers, starting at $5. Additionally, as Where We Stand was to serve as the theater’s sixth annual Mobile Unit touring production, and would have offered free performances in community venues throughout Baltimore in March, Baltimore Center Stage will honor those partnerships by offering the virtual production to Mobile Unit audiences and other community partners free of charge. For these communities, where high speed Internet is frequently a barrier, a “radio play” version will be made available.

Baltimore Center Stage takes its financial commitment to our artists, craftspeople, freelancers and staff very seriously. All of the artists involved in Where We Stand will be compensated in full. Where We Stand was filmed and post-produced by Baltimore filmmaker Dean Radcliffe-Lynes.

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About Baltimore Center Stage Designated the State Theater of Maryland in 1978, Baltimore Center Stage provides the highest quality theater and programming for all members of our communities, including youth and families, under the leadership of Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra and Executive Director Michael Ross. Baltimore Center Stage ignites conversations and imaginations by producing an eclectic season of professional productions across two mainstages and an intimate 99-seat theater, through engaging community programs, and with inspiring education programs. Everything we do at Center Stage is led by our core values—chief among them being Access For All. Our mission is heavily rooted in providing active and open accessibility for everyone, regardless of any and all barriers, to our Mainstage performances, education initiatives, and community programming.

About WP Theater

WP THEATER (Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director; Michael Sag, Managing Director), now in its 41st Season, is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of women+ at every stage of their careers. For over four decades we have served as leaders at the forefront of a global movement towards gender parity, and the example we set and the artists we have fostered have grown into a robust and thriving community in theater and beyond. WP Theater recently received a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award and a 2019 Obie Award, both for Outstanding Body of Work, recognizing WP’s unique place and vital work in the theatrical landscape. WP empowers women+ of all kinds to reach their full potential and, in doing so, challenges preconceptions about the kinds of plays women write and the stories they tell.

As the premiere launching pad for some of the most influential female theater artists today, our work has had a significant impact on the field at large. Nearly every prolific female theater artist has been through our doors, including 2019 Tony Winner for Best Direction of a Musical, Rachel Chavkin, 2018 Tony Winner for Best Direction of a Play, Rebecca Taichman, 2013 Tony Winner for Best Direction of a Play, Pam MacKinnon, 2013 Tony Winner for Best Direction of a Musical, Diane Paulus, 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner Martyna Majok, and two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage. These powerful women found an early artistic home at WP and are a testament to our role as a driving cultural force.

WP was founded in 1978 by visionary producer, Julia Miles, to address the significant under-representation of women in theater. Today, WP accomplishes its mission through several fundamental programs, including: the WP Lab, a celebrated two-year mentorship and new play development program for women playwrights, directors, and producers; the Domestic Partner residency program; the Developmental series of workshops and readings; the Commissioning series, and the Mainstage series, which features a full season of Off-Broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary theater artists. Current artists under commission are: Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Emily Kaczmarek, MJ Kaufman, Sylvia Khoury, Zoe Sarnak, and Leah Nanako Winkler.