1. Origin of the Species By Bryony Lavery Directed by Erin Riley Cast: Janet Constable Preston Nicole Mullins-Teasley 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. 4. Sojourners 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. Women on Top Series - Festival 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. She Speaks - Second Series Ongoing 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.