It's a big year for Center Stage. The theater company not only will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, but also will present the first full season under a new artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah. Kwei-Armah has combined a series of modern works with classics to create a new season of plays based on the topic of conversation. The 2012-'13 season kicks off on Sept. 19 with Henrik Ibsen's
An Enemy of the People
, adapted by Arthur Miller, presenting a story of two opposing brothers and a community in opposition with itself. The show will run through Oct. 21. Stephen Thorne's
The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allen Poe,
an examination of the poet's life and final days starring
present interactions between strangers taking place within a hotel room. Hall's piece depicts an exchange between Martin Luther King Jr. and a hotel maid, and shows in Baltimore for the first time from Jan. 9- Feb. 24.
Mud Blue Sky
centers on an interaction between three flight attendants and a stranger as they regard their pasts, presents, and futures, and runs from March 6- April 14. Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris' drama
showing May 8 through June 9. Via press release, Kwei-Armah says, "Locally and nationally, civically and artistically, our aim is to be a focal point for art as a catalyst for debate," an idea that undoubtedly inspired this year's theme.