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Fells Point Corner Theatre's 2016-2017 season draws on theme of rescue

Fells Point Corner Theater's 2015 production of "The 39 Steps."
Fells Point Corner Theater's 2015 production of "The 39 Steps."

The Fells Point Corner Theatre has announced its 2016-17 season of eight dramas and comedies based on a theme of rescue.

The venerable community theater is dedicating its 28th season, which will open in September, "to reaffirming our belief in each other," the organization says in a news release.

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Subscriptions will be on sale soon at the theater's website at fpct.org.

The lineup includes:

  • "The Elephant Man," Sept. 2 through Oct. 2. Bernard Pomerance's biographical play traces the relationship of the real-life man known as Joseph Merrick, who was born with severe deformities, and his transition from circus freak to elite Victorian drawing rooms. "The Elephant Man, which" won the Tony Award for best play in 1979, is being co-produced by The Collaborative Theatre Co.
  • "The Whipping Man," Oct. 14-30. A stark drama set just after the Civil War, when a wounded Jewish Confederate officer returns to his family's ruined plantation, where he finds two former slaves. Long-buried secrets are revealed gradually as the three men create a Passover Seder.  Matthew Lopez' play was previously performed in  Baltimore in 2012 at Center Stage.
  • "The Divine Sister," Nov. 18 through Dec. 18. The theater's holiday offering is a send-up of  B-movies about nuns. Playwright Charles Busch ("Vampire Lesbians of Sodom") envisions a mother superior trying to save her convent while confronting a postulant with mystical visions, a confused schoolboy, and a persistent suitor intent on persuading her to abandon her vows.
  • "Blackbird," Jan. 13, 2017 through Jan. 29, 2017. David Harrower's intense drama imagines a confrontation between victim and abuser 15 years after the crime occurred. The man, now 55, is trying to get on with his life. His victim, who was 12 when she was molested, has been unable to get on with hers. A nominee for the 2016 Tony Award for best revival of a play.
  • "Trust," Feb. 17, 2017 through Mar. 19, 2017. Steven Dietz has become one of America's most frequently produced playwrights partly because of his light touch, his fast pace, and his imaginative use of language and form. In "Trust," a 1992 comedy of manners featuring six characters and numerous romantic entanglements, the theme of betrayal is explored against a backdrop of lust, lies and rock music.
  • "10 x10x10 (2017)," March 31, 2017  through Apr. 16, 2017. The theater's annual festival of 10-minute plays featuring 10 actors and created by 10 local writers has become a Baltimore tradition. At the end of the show, the audience votes for its favorite.
  • "[title of show]," April 28, 2017 to May 28, 2017. The most meta- of all meta-musicals chronicles its own creation as an entry in the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and features the escapades of its real-life scriptwriter, Hunter Bell, composer and lyricist Jeff Bowen, and two actresses.
  • "Alice in Wonderland," June 9, 2017 through June 25, 2017. This is not the familiar children's tale, but Alice's story as reimagined in 1970 by the actor and director Andre Gregory and created in collaboration with his company, the Manhattan Project. Both Alice books are visited -- or invaded -- by such seminal real-life figures as the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the novelist Franz Kafka and the the surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
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