The local improv group will call the Howard Street theater's smaller performance space home beginning Sept. 1. The troupe will perform Fridays and Saturdays year-round, with hopes of adding more performance dates on Thursday and Sunday, according to Terry Withers, BIG's new managing director. BIG will also strive to bring classes and workshops to the theater.
“We’re excited to be in the same building as a theater company as fantastic as Single Carrot,” said Withers. “We’re hoping that it will augment both companies.”
BIG hopes Single Carrot Theatre's lively surrounding area and proximity to Johns Hopkins University will help the group create a well-rounded experience for theater guests and foster a relationship with college students, Withers said.
For Single Carrot, the residency is a way to kick off the company's second decade in the city and liven up its two performance spaces, said managing director Alix Fenhagen.
“The company is no longer just a small DIY.* ... We’re looking for a way to be here and continue to do innovative, risky work in our space,” Fenhagen said.
To share their space, she said, makes that a more realistic possibility.
“We’re really excited for more things to be going on in the space on more days of the week so the doors can be open,” Fenhagen said.
“It’s also the idea that running a theater* is expensive. As both of our companies grow, we want to put as many resources as we can into our art and programs and things that are a part of our mission. Having space is an amazing asset."
Fenhagen said the theater groups are aiming to host an official joint launch party and celebration in the coming months. But first, the two will grace the stage together as a part of Single Carrot’s 10th season launch party, “A Love Letter to Baltimore,” on Sept. 24.
*Correction: This article has been updated to include corrected quotes by Alix Fenhagen. The Sun regrets the error.