Everyman Theater announces 32nd season with seven high-profile plays
The lineup for the 2022/23 season at Everyman Theater was announced by Founder and Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi and General Manager Marissa LaRose. The seven-play season marks the organization’s 32nd, featuring a diverse slate of stories from a wide range of playwrights and perspectives. The distinctive LIVE theater experience for Everyman customers provides more access through in-person and digital opportunities.
Everyman Theater kicks off its season on West Fayette Street in September with seven productions through July 2023. The premiere is the world premiere, Dinner and cakeby debuting DMV playwright Tuyet Thi Pham, which runs from September 6 to October 2. The comic tone of James Goldman but the dramatic action, The Lion in Winter runs from October 18 to November 13. The holiday season brings an international fan favorite to Everyman, by Ken Ludwig Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mysteryscheduled from December 6 to January 1. From January 24 to February 19, Charly Evon Simpson’s layered play To jump which examines mental health and the human connection. From his run at Lincoln Center in 2020 comes Adam Rapp’s latest piece The sound insidefrom March 7 to April 2, followed by Harveythe Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, which will run from April 25 to May 21. The world is spinning June 6-July 2 – led by Kevin McAllister of Baltimore, Artistic Director of ArtsCentric.
“I can’t wait to introduce our customers to these seven pieces that fit together perfectly and seem perfectly suited to our times,” says Lancisi. “I found myself seeking out some of the gems that delight audiences while embracing the new voices that will provide us with the classics of tomorrow. Although very different in style and substance, a theme emerged among these pieces that really resonated for me, to know that nothing is really what it seems. Life is full of discoveries. We are also exploring all kinds of relationships, with “Great Stories, Well Told” reflecting the richness and diversity of our great city. Together, these plays form a captivating, entertaining and genuinely joyful theatrical season.
The 2022/2023 season at Everyman Theatre:
DINNER AND CAKE – September 6 to October 2
Written by Tuyet Thi Pham
Directed by Paige Hernandez
With Resident Society Members Helen Hedman + Bruce Randolph Nelson
Mylinh has the chance to boost her career and make important connections in her new home in Washington DC – all she has to do is translate a simple dinner between her friends’ parents – American and Vietnamese in-laws. When the two couples clash over the course of the evening, Mylinh must navigate and defuse the awkward and convoluted cultural, national and social politics between the two countries that make up her own unique identity.
THE LION IN WINTER – October 18 to November 13
Written by James Goldman
With Resident Society Members Deborah Hazlett, Hannah Kelly, Zack Powell, Jefferson A. Russell
A family feud of imperial proportions! Set at Christmas 1183, Lion tells the wickedly amusing story of King Henry II, his imprisoned queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three titled and dual sons vying for the throne. Best known for the film adaptation starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn, this viciously funny drama is a high-stakes game of chess where the pieces are constantly changing and no one is spared the sword. Betrayal, betrayal and fight to the death – just another Merry Christmas from the Royal Family!
BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY by Ken Ludwig – December 6 to January 1
Written by Ken Ludwig
With Resident Society Members Megan Anderson, Danny Gavigan, Tony Nam, Bruce Randolph Nelson
From award-winning mastermind Ken Ludwig (The Murder of Agatha Christie on the Orient Express), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must solve the mystery before the family curse condemns his new heir. Watch our intrepid investigators attempt to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents and deception. Can our heroes solve the mystery in time? Join the fun and see how elementary the truth can be!
TO JUMP – January 24 to February 19
Written by Charly Evon Simpson
With Resident Society Members Felicia Curry, Tony Nam, Jefferson A. Russell
An unexpected bond unites two strangers who meet on a bridge and have more in common than they could ever have imagined. And while this poetic piece examines grief and loss from many angles, To jump is also a hopeful, breathtaking and even whimsical exploration of the strength of hope and the power of human connection – sister to sister, parent to child, stranger to stranger. From an exciting new voice in American theater comes this magical story about the process of letting go.
THE SOUND INSIDE – March 7 to April 2
Written by Adam Rapp
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi
Featuring Resident Society Members Beth Hylton + Zack Powell
In this suspenseful drama, we meet Ivy League writing teacher Bella Lee Baird and her talented but mysterious student, Christopher Dunn. Bella helps Christopher with his novel which strangely mirrors his own life. The two form a bond of unexpected intensity, and their lives and the stories they tell intertwine in unpredictable ways. Christopher searches for a mentor while Bella asks for an unthinkable favor. Everyone has a story – the question is how it ends. Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play.
HARVEY – April 25 to May 21
Written by Mary Chase
Directed by Susanna Gellert
With Resident Society Members Megan Anderson, Danny Gavigan, Deborah Hazlett, Beth Hylton, Hannah Kelly, Katie Kleiger, Tony Nam, Bruce Randolph Nelson, Kyle Prue, Jefferson A. Russell
It’s 1944 and Elwood P. Dowd (Jimmy Stewart in the iconic film) insists on including his best friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. The problem is that Harvey is an invisible rabbit of six feet! When Veta tries to commit Elwood to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Harvey begins to have a positive influence on the hospital staff, who realizes he might not be so bad after all? This family gem and Pulitzer Prize winner is a funny bunny from a tale (tail?)!
THE WORLD IS TURNING – June 6 to July 2
Music by John Kander + Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Designed by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman, David Thompson
Directed by Kevin McAllister
An ArtsCentric, Everyman Theater and Olney Theater co-production
This newly updated and brilliantly arranged tribute to the titans of musical theatre, John Kander and Fred Ebb, is filled with humor, romance, drama and timeless hits. Since Cabaret for Chicagoand Kiss of the Spider Woman for The Scottsboro Boysthe 20+ songs and stories in this reimagined celebration feature unforgettable gems like “Maybe This Time, New York, New York” and “All That Jazz” that made household names from Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli and Bob Fosse!
Looking at the new season while reflecting on the current one, LaRose says, “Vinny and I are so proud of Everyman right now. Along with the hardworking and dedicated staff, resident society and board of directors, we have gone through two full seasons and a full slate of education and community engagement programs with so many unknowns and so much at stake. As we pave the way for recovery, the bold and festive spirit of this new 2022/2023 season, coupled with our innovative and robust education and community programming, brings even more of what Baltimore audiences have learned to know and love of Everyman Theatre. For 32+ years, Everyman has demonstrated why theater as an art form is so vital to our community, and this season amplifies it even further.
Everyman Theater’s Education and Community Engagement Department will also offer year-round programming, ensuring opportunities for the whole family. Programming includes live events, innovative in-person and digital content, classroom residencies, community partnerships, and in-person and virtual field trips. During each production, the theater offers a Childcare Matinee program with an art lesson for children while parents enjoy the show; an evening theater for teenagers (TNT) to include the performance, conversation with the artists and dinner; Cast Conversations; and, an art gallery inspired by the show featuring the work of a local artist. Classes are advertised seasonally for lifelong learners of all ages to discover their inner creativity (recent students ages 3-93). And this summer, in-person summer camp is back!
Also slated for the new season, Everyman’s education department continues to offer its distinctive High School Matinee program, Virtual Field Trip program, Creative Journeys program, and uniquely curated residencies for schools and partners. community. Email the staff at [email protected] or visit everymantheatre.org to learn more.
New season 7-play subscriptions start at just $213 and are available starting Monday, June 6 by visiting Everymantheatre.org or by calling 410.752.2208. Box office hours (315 W. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21201) are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Single tickets for the seven-show season go on sale Monday, August 1. The organization also plans to make at least the first three productions available for digital access.
Everyman Theater is supported in part by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org), the citizens of Baltimore County, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, and the Baltimore Arts and Advocacy Office.
Everyman Theater is an Equity professional theater company celebrating the actor, with a resident company of Baltimore/DC area artists. Founded in 1990 by Vincent M. Lancisi, the theater is dedicated to engaging audiences through a shared experience between actor and audience in search of connection and emotional truth in performance. Everyman is committed to presenting high quality pieces that are affordable and accessible to everyone. The theater strives to engage, inspire and transform artists, audiences and communities through theater of the highest artistic standards and is committed to living up to the promise of its name, Everyman Theater . Everyman Theater is a proud member of the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, the Market Center Merchants Association and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Lancisi partners with Executive Director Marissa LaRose to lead the organization.
Everyman Theater stands in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and AAPI communities and is committed to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive atmosphere at all levels of our organization. To learn more, visit our website at https://everymantheatre.org/about-us/everyman-cares/