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Play about Donny Hathaway will return to Center Stage

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"Twisted Melodies," a one-man play about the difficult life of soul artist Donny Hathaway, was such a hit with audiences last year at Baltimore Center Stage that its run was extended. If you missed it, or want to experience it again, another chance is coming.

The play, written and superbly performed by Kelvin Roston Jr., has been added to Center Stage’s previously announced 2018-2019 season. It will run May 9-19, 2019.

In “Twisted Melodies,” Roston portrays Hathaway, who died at 33 in a fall from a New York hotel room in 1979. The play, produced by Center Stage and Congo Square Theatre Company in association with the Apollo Theater and Mosaic Theater Company, seeks to shed light on the mental illness that dogged Hathaway.

Woven into the drama are the popular singer’s hits, which Roston performs very persuasively.

“We’ve worked very passionately to bring ‘Twisted Melodies’ back to Baltimore,” Center Stage executive director Michael Ross said in a statement. “In its first run here, it was not just a box office hit, but one of our most impactful and talked-about shows.”

Center Stage members can purchase tickets to “Twisted Melodies” now. The public sale will begin later. For more information, call 410-332-0033, or go to centerstage.org.

The rest of the 2018-2019 Center Stage season includes productions of Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” Jeanine Tesori’s “Fun Home,” and Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”



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