Lancisi, 51, settles into a chair in the rehearsal space. The salt-and-pepper goatee, the receding hairline, and the business attire-black slacks, white shirt, gray blazer-attest to the long journey he has made. During his final year of earning his master's degree at D.C.'s Catholic University in 1987-88, he recalls, he was looking for a city where he could found his own theater company. He was looking into Orlando, Fla.; Worcester, Mass.; and Nashua, N.H. Baltimore wasn't even on the radar.