Here's a round-up of what's in store for the 2015-2016 season from some of Baltimore's fine community and ensemble theater companies, one of them celebrating quite a milestone:
Single Carrot Theatre
This creative troupe's ninth season will include lots of new work. A new series, too.
The lineup begins with the world premiere of Jen Silverman's "Phoebe in Winter" (Sept. 23 to Oct. 18), a post-apocalyptic piece, as part of the region-wide Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
Next is Eric Dufault's "The Year of the Rooster," described as an "acid-tongued comedy" that revolves around cockfighting (not the only time next season this term will come up -- see also Fells Point Corner Theatre below). It will receive its regional premiere Dec. 9 to Jan. 10.
A new piece, as yet untitled, by Single Carrot artistic director Genevieve de Mahy is set for a world premiere (March 2 to 27); the piece will have "a focus on the Mid-Atlantic region in the 1920s."
Another world premiere, an "ethereal psychological thriller" by Ben Hoover called "Midlife," will close out the season (June 1 to 26).
The new series planned for the season, Single Carrot Flip Side, promises to be "immersive, interactive, site-specific, and full of the good stuff that celebrates humanity — laughter, song, movement, and mania."
Call 443-844-9253, or go to singlecarrot.com.
Vagabond Players Centennial
One hundred years ago, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra wasn't the only cultural resource getting started in this city. A community theater company took to the stage for the first time then, too.
The centennial season of Vagabond Players will focus on revivals of shows that proved popular the first time the company presented them.
"Greater Tuna," the clever satire by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, will be staged Sept. 4 to 27.
"Something's Afoot." a "musical thriller" by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach staged by the Vagabonds back in the 1970s, returns Oct. 16 to Nov. 15.
The company revisits the Thornton Wilder classic "Our Town" Jan. 8 to Feb. 7; the play had previous Vagabond treatments in the 1940s and '60s.
Larry Kramer's searing drama about the AIDS crisis, "The Normal Heart," is due Feb. 26 to March 20.
Rounding out the 100th season: "The Lion in Winter," James Goldman's vibrant look at King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine (April 8 to May 8); and the popular Ken Ludwig farce "Moon Over Buffalo" (May 27 to June 26).
Call 410-563-9135, or go to vagabondplayers.org.
Fells Point Corner Theatre
The Baltimore premiere of "Detroit," a comedy by Lisa D'Amour, opens the season (Sept. 4 to Oct. 4), followed by one of Harold Pinter's great dramas, "Betrayal" (Oct. 23 to Nov. 8).
Next is the Baltimore premiere of Mike Bartlett's edgy 2012 hit "The Cockfight Play" (Nov. 20 to Dec. 20.) OK, that's not the real title, but many general-reader publications use to avoid the single-syllable word that the author put at the top of his script. And, no, this play has nothing to do with disgusting avian exploitation -- it revolves around a sexually unsettled character facing more than one option.
"The 39 Steps," Patrick Barlow's clever, four-actor, 150-plus-characters whirl, based on the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock espionage thriller and the 1915 novel that inspired it, will be staged Jan. 15 to Feb. 14.
The dark comedy "Venus in Fur" by David Ives, which had its area professional debut in October at Rep Stage, gets a production March 4 to April 3. This will be followed by the tense play about a war zone photojournalist, "Time Stands Still" by Donald Margulies, which Everyman Theatre memorably staged in 2012. It will run April 15 to May 15.
Closing the season will be "10 x 10 (x 10!)," a collection of 10 10-minute plays by Baltimore writers.
Go to fpct.org.