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Michael Emerson
50 monologues expose 'My America' at Center Stage
50 monologues expose 'My America' at Center Stage

When Kwame Kwei-Armah left London to move to Baltimore, he was exploding with questions about this strange land on the other side of the Atlantic, where he was planting not just himself, but also his wife and young son. "As I was starting to find my footing, I thought, 'How do I really get to know my new land, not just now, but moving forward?' " says Kwei-Armah, who is one year into his new job as Center Stage's artistic director. "And I said, 'I know. I'll ask the writers.' " The result — and the centerpiece of the theater's 50th anniversary celebration — is a series of 50 three-minute filmed monologues based on the...