Center Stage announces new program to produce cutting-edge and experimental works

For Kwame Kwei-Armah, all the world — or at least, all of Baltimore — really is a stage.

Center Stage's artistic director announced a new program Thursday that would bring cutting-edge and experimental works to unconventional venues around the city.

"Third Space(s) productions will allow Center Stage to engage audiences in new, innovative ways that explore what theater can be," Kwei-Armah said in a news release. Three productions will kick off this season.

The first, a play by Clare Bayley called "The Container" which will be performed the last weekend of September during the Baltimore Book Festival, is about five refugees who are willing to risk everything to find a new life in England. About a dozen audience members will be invited inside an actual shipping container that will be set up at the corner of Charles Street and Mount Vernon Place.

Details of the other two Third Space(s) productions will be announced later.

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