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Billy Bragg

From Baltimore, a celebration of Woody Guthrie

From Baltimore, a celebration of Woody Guthrie

Nearly a decade ago, Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith, a Frederick-born playwright, actor and musician who called Baltimore home for several years, began digging into the life of Woody Guthrie. The fruits of that exploration are now onstage in New York.

"Woody Guthrie Dreams" opened a three-week run Thursday off-off Broadway at the Theater for the New City.

It remains to be seen if the play has the legs to move later to off-Broadway or maybe even the Great White Way itself.

"I'd be lying if I said it doesn't cross my mind sometimes," Smith said with a slight laugh by phone from New York. "But I'm just focused on the day-to-day. It has been a...