Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Belle Burr
November 17 - December 10
In New York City in 1905, a young African-American woman, Esther, pursues her dreams of becoming an independent seamstress and opening a beauty parlor for black women. She sews striking undergarments for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to black prostitutes. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins receiving beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George Armstrong who is working on the Panama Canal. Being illiterate, Esther enlists the help of her patrons to respond to the letters. Gracefully exploring the lost or hidden stories of New York’s early 20th century black population, and drawing on Nottage’s own family history, the play insists that, in a world where even a bolt of wool or silk can come with a story, every person deserves their story, too. FPCT member Belle Burr leads this production. She is one of the creative minds behind Drop Three Improv/Sketch Comedy and last directed Stop Kiss at Vagabond Players as well as two plays in the 2022 10x10x10 festival at FPCT.
Lipstick: A Queer Farce by Lane Michael Stanley
Directed by Jeff Miller
February 2 - February 25
A Baltimore Premiere Production! Lipstick is a silly, sweet farce with a heart of gold and a drawer full of sex toys. Anna has invited Kelly over for dinner, but is it a date? Or just hanging out? Just in case that wasn’t confusing enough, a cavalcade of visitors crashes their evening - an ex-girlfriend, a BFF, a handyman, a mom, and a parade of potential suitors. Hijinks, of course, ensue, in this play-shaped love letter to the queer community. Lane Michael Stanley is a transgender director, playwright, filmmaker, and producer, and the co-founder of Secretly Famous Productions. They are also a native Marylander, and longtime FPCT friend. Their 2017 10x10x10 submission An Addict Named Hal is now a full, feature film. Lipstick will be directed by Jeff Miller, a queer, neurodiverse artist in the Baltimore area. They have worked as a director, actor, stage manager, educator, and administrator. In addition to their theatrical life, they are also a Maryland-licensed professional wrestler with a masked alter-ego.
*This play contains adult material and is not suitable for children.
March 22 - March 31
It’s a typical 1980s high school prom in anywhere USA, and everyone is preparing their raddest outfits, feathering their hair, and trying to survive the surprise slasher flick that they are suddenly inside. Someone is killing all the popular kids, and it’s up to the survivors (and the audience) to figure it all out. Not even the cast knows! This evening is performed with a rotating ensemble of actors who pull the audience into a fun and fully spontaneous world of big hair and big improv. Michael Furr is a stand-up comedian and the creative director behind both the Lou Costello Room Comedy Club in Baltimore. Different every time!
April 26 - May 19
A Baltimore Premiere Production! When an anonymous note sends a newlywed wife looking for help, Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police inspector whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. In a time and place where gender roles are rigidly defined, these unconventional women dare to challenge societal norms by providing an unusual, but necessary, service. Inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this theatrical fan fiction shines a new light on favorite characters from the canon, re-examining the Victorian world of Holmes and Watson by exploring the added obstacles faced by these two iconic characters as women. The production will be helmed by FPCT Managing Director, Brad Norris, who recently produced The Thanksgiving Play at FPCT, and directed Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere at Cohesion Theatre Company.
This show is suitable for all ages.
Salon Series Debut!
New Artistic Director Kimberley Lynne is creating a Salon Series that will include three, free staged readings intended for the development of new FPCT member work, including plays developed in Lynne’s playwriting courses. The readings will be simply staged and followed by a talkback. The first play in the series, Never Say Die, is Lynne’s newest and explores the mysteries surrounding the meeting in 1842 between Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe and the slippery jealousies that grow between artists. Funded by a Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) FreeFall grant, the evening is free to the public.
The event is free but registration is required.
The 3rd Annual Corner Carol
The Baltimore theatre community celebrates the holiday season with a cabaret of storytelling, poetry, dance
and music across all belief systems, inclusive and restorative. When we asked our artists what the season means them, they responded with: art in our community.
The 5th Annual Monologue Slam
FPCT's annual Monologue Slam brings the area's best acting talent together for a one-night-only event to throw down and win city-wide bragging rights.