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Incoming artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has bold plans for Center Stage
Incoming artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has bold plans for Center Stage

Kwame Kwei-Armah has a way of pulling others into his gravitational field, whirling them around and then depositing them in a place at some distance from where they started out. People leave an encounter with Center Stage's incoming artistic director staggering a bit and with their hair mussed, but visibly charged up. The 45-year-old Kwei-Armah, who takes over leadership of Maryland's largest regional theater on July 1 from Irene Lewis, was in town last week for a five-day visit. He met a range of Baltimoreans, from civic bigwigs to subscribers to leaders of local arts groups, and during the entire time, he barely stopped talking. Big idea after big idea tumbled out of...

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