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Artscape: Stage Highlights

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Leslie Furlong

Street theater

If your Artscape is looking busy and you’re not sure you can make it to a stage show, don’t worry—the performances will meet you on the street. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Baltimore Performance Kitchen, and Baltimore Improv Group will be popping up to do surprise street performances all weekend. If you think you can make a bit more of an effort than just standing, walk over to Penn Station where Annex Theater will be putting on 12 10-minute plays. Annex’s 10-minute plays festival begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and continues 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you do the math, that means they will be putting on a show roughly every 45 minutes.

Single Carrot Theatre

Nathan Cooper, one of the writers of Rumpled, describes the play as a fractured fairy tale that takes the story of Rumplestiltskin and sets it in the fashion world. The Carrots have performed their take on the fairy tale at schools before, but this is their first attempt to let down their hair in front of the general public. Shows are Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and Sunday at noon at Single Carrot Theatre.

Stillpointe Theatre Initiative

For one night only, Stillpointe Theatre Initiative presents Kirsten Childs’ celebratory musical The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin. The show kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday at Single Carrot Theatre. This summer marks the third appearance of Stillpointe at Artscape, so swing by Mundo Ng Sewn Sama Sama: A World Sewn Together, Stillpointe’s largest exhibition this year. Held in a hand-made tent, this interactive, fully inhabitable experience invites you to smell, hear, and behold the many diverse wonders of the world we live in. Find it on the Charles Street bridge. Also, for all three days of the festival, Stillpointe will be previewing its most recent musical venture, Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, the classic product of the hippie counterculture/sexual revolution of the ’60s. Friday and Saturday at 12, 3, 6, and 8 p.m. Sunday at 12, 3, and 6 p.m.

The Yellow Sign Theatre

On the first day of Artscape my true love gave to me: a night of French-themed burlesque. The Yellow Sign Theatre hosts Twisted Knickers’ La Belle Époque, a burlesque based in the period of French and Belgian history of the same name. Billed as “the most startling and daring love story ever told,” it’s bound to be a startling and daring love story. Perhaps the best ever told. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, and tickets are $15. Yellow Sign will also revive their very first production The System of Dr. Goudron and Professor Plume, a riff on the French Grand Guignol tradition. Saturday at 7 and 10 p.m. Sunday at 4 and 7 p.m.

New Moon Theatre

Acted by the writer Nora Achrati, New Moon Theatre’s Arabian Nights is a one-woman show of three different tales about home. Achrati brings the audience in to participate, however, whether by making sound effects or acting as a chorus. Show time is Sunday at 11 a.m. at Theatre Project.


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