"And it speaks to our dedication to do Shakespeare at least every other year," he said.
•"The Liquid Plain," by Naomi Wallace, April 16 to May 25, 2014.
The work, which earned Wallace the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play Author, is a drama centering on two runaway slaves in late-1700s Rhode Island and their attempt to regain freedom.
"It's an epic, a deep, poetic, serious work, the kind that actors like to get their heads lost in," said Kwei-Armah, who will direct the world premiere of "The Liquid Plain" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this summer.
•"Wild With Happy," by Colman Domingo, May 28 to June 29, 2014.
A hit last fall when it debuted at New York's Public Theater, this offbeat comedy finds a gay man taking his mother's ashes on what is supposed to be a cathartic trip to Disney World.
"I wanted something perfect to end a season of joy, and this play is just joyous," said Kwei-Armah, who, along with several Center Stage staff and board members, attended the New York production. "Another reason I want to do this work is that Center Stage hasn't spoken to its gay audience — not that this is just a gay play; it's a universal play. I want people to know that everyone's stories will at some point be in our gaze."
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