The Strand is the only brick-and-mortar theater in Baltimore to present outstanding works written ONLY by women artists! We invite you to celebrate our new theater and our commitment to putting women at the center of the creative process. Join us!
2017-2018 Season: Journeys
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS . . .
10 Reasons to join the Strand for our 10TH Anniversary Season!
Reason 1 - Season Opener Party !
Friday, October 27, 2017
Join us as we launch our 10th Anniversary Season! Watch live performances from friends of the Strand. Purchase a season subscription at a great discount rate. Dance, drink and delve into excitement for our 10th season! Theatrical attire enthusiastically encouraged.
Reasons 2-5 - 4 Mainstage Shows !
1. Origin of the Species
By Bryony Lavery
Directed by Erin Riley
November 3-19, 2017
Molly is an old lady who digs up her ancestor: a four-million-year-old woman, miraculously alive. Molly names her Victoria and smuggles her home with her to Yorkshire. Clocks – biological and other – tick away in this engaging two-hander that digs deep beneath the sands of time to discover that we are all brothers and sisters under the skin.
2. Women’s Performance Workshop
Conceived and Directed by Strand’s Founding Artistic Director, Jayme Killburn
January 19-21, 2018
The Women's Performance Workshop (WPW) is a weekend-long workshop for women-identified members of the Baltimore community. Using community-engaged and feminist devising techniques, the WPW creates a space for women to connect with one another through theater. The workshop involves collaborative theater games, story-circles, and writing exercises. Each participant will create a 5-8 minute personal narrative that will be interwoven with other participant stories culminating in a performance. The workshop will be led by Strand’s Founding Artistic Director, Jayme Kilburn, along with previous WPW participants from the Ithaca, NY community.
3. Count Down
By Dominique Cieri
Directed by Bari Hochwald
February 15 - March 4, 2018
“I want to be a different girl born on a different day-” so say the seven young girls who have been abused and neglected, and lost in the welfare system. When Carmela, a teaching artist, enters their lives, she offers the girls a chance to express themselves and reclaim their voices. That is when the real challenge begins. Count Down exposes the inherent dissonance between the child welfare system and the reality of the girls who have no choice but to spend their childhood and adolescence in its care. Count Down was the recipient of the 2009 Mid Atlantic Individual Playwriting Fellowship and Finalist for Playwrights First Award, the National Arts Club, NYC.
By Mfoniso Udofia
Directed by Roz Cauthen
April 4 -22, 2018
Abasiama came to America with high hopes—for her arranged marriage and for her future. She was intent on earning a degree and returning to Nigeria. But when her husband is seduced by America, she must choose between the Nigerian and the American dream.
Reason 6 - Women on Top Series !
3 new works
April, May, June
An annual, curated series of innovative projects by women artists. The program offers meaningful, project-based support for women artists to develop and present new works that will have a significant impact for the artists and the artistic and broader community in the region, while upholding the Strand Theater’s mission of amplifying women’s voices on stage and off.
Will be open for submissions in November 2017.
Reason 7 - She Speaks !
Women take the stage in our year-long series of short engagements that include play readings, workshops, concerts, poetry nights, and musical events. The purpose of the series is to provide opportunities for women artists and to showcase a wide variety of women’s diverse voices and perspectives.
“She Speaks” is included in our subscriptions at no additional charge.
Prices vary for non-subscription holders.
Reason 8 - Crafty Women Workshops!
Friends and partners of the Strand lead community workshops on playwriting, directing, and acting, as well as community relevant topics.
Reason 9 - Community Connection!
We are committed to strengthening our relationships with artists, businesses, organizations, and residents in the Hamilton-Lauraville community. The Strand thrives to play an integral part in building a stronger and safer community infrastructure that benefits the lives of local residents and visitors. We remain open to community collaborations in Hamilton-Lauraville, Baltimore City, and beyond.
Reason 10 - Appreciation Soiree!
Our donors, subscribers and volunteers will enjoy an invitation-only end-of-season appreciation soiree.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Strand Theater Annual Short Play Festival
The theme of the Strand upcoming 2017-18 season is Journeys. For our popular short play festival this fall, we’re seeking 10-minute plays that explore the original meaning of a journey, which in Middle English means “the distance traveled in one day.”
We are looking for short plays that are highly inventive, imaginative, and altogether powerful, with heightened language, high stakes, and strong characters. No conventional kitchen-sink or living room dramas, please.
Deadline: Sept. 9, 2017
Baby Beats! With Max and Root
Next Date - TBA!
Music and movement concert series for children ages 0-6.
Jamaal "Black Root" Collier and Max Bent explore steady beat, phonics, rhythm, rhyming counting and musical awareness through the vocal art form Human Beatboxing. Children are welcome to move freely throughout the space and interact with the Max and Root.
Admission: $5 per human
In The News...
WE HAVE A NEW HOME!
Following a two-year search for a permanent space and a concerted effort to secure funding, the Strand Theater Company is happy to announce -
WE HAVE A NEW HOME!!!
Woman-focused Strand Theater buys new home in Hamilton-Lauraville
by Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun
The Strand is moving to the historic Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood, where a former bank building has just the right attributes to become a home for our thriving company! We look forward to being a part of this vibrant and supportive community, and continuing our mission of amplifying women's voices on stage and off!
The Strand is grateful for the generous support of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street (Richard Marsiglia - President of the Board and Regina Lansinger - Director), and Dian Combs in making this move possible, and to every donor and community member, who played a part in the effort by helping us with their contributions, expertise, and encouragement! Thank you!
We cannot wait to celebrate with you, as the new Strand Theater opens to the public later this year, and unveils its 9th consecutive season!
Please stay tuned !
Strand Theater Second Series
On-going series of short engagements, comprising a wide variety of programming, i.e. play readings, workshops, concerts, poetry nights, musical events, and more. The goal of the series is to provide opportunities for women artists and to showcase a wide variety of women’s diverse voices and perspectives.
Prices vary per event.