"I feel that I'm living amid the new civil rights era," Kwei-Armah said. "And that's a very exciting time to be leading an artistic institution. Part of the reason I wanted to come to Baltimore, and that I accepted this theater when asked, is because at that time 13 percent of the subscriber [base], of our membership, was African-American—that's larger than nearly everywhere else in America—which is now somewhere near 22 percent, in a city that is 60 percent African-American. And it meant to me that I would be able to do work that spoke culturally, specifically to the African-American voice, or the diasporic African voice, as well as for everyone else. I could look after the multiple audiences."