"Center Stage should not be expected to green-light a production of a play just because I wrote it," he says.
It's no wonder that when Kwei-Armah is asked to identify his weaknesses, he says, "I can't organize my diary, and I don't always say no to things I should say no to."
By the time he leaves town Monday, Kwei-Armah will have convinced a lot of people that he can work magic, though he seems to have mixed feelings about that perception.
Why else would he express an awareness of the dangers of creating excessive expectations at the exact same moment that he nudges up the bar?
"I do not wish to be judged after the first 100 days," he says, drawing an implicit comparison between his administration and that of the president of the United States.
"After three years, it will be time to assess how I'm doing. I was going to say five years. But no — five years is too long."
He thinks about it for a minute.
"Toward the end of my second year," he says, "that's when you can start judging me."
Job: Becomes Center Stage's Artistic Director on July 1.
Residence: Moving to Baltimore from London this summer.
Education: Bachelor's degree in African civilization, 1987, The Open University, London. Master's degree in classical narrative, 2001, The University of the Arts, London.
Other accomplishments: Author of several plays, including the award-winning, "Elmina's Kitchen." Has acted in two television shows that made him a celebrity in Britain. Released a pop album. Served as artistic director of the month-long World Festival of Black Arts in Senegal.
Family: Married, with three sons and a daughter aged 6 to 19.