ONE WEEKEND ONLY
FRIDAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 10 – 11, 9PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2PM
Following Jake Budenz’s Simaeatha, Emily Hall’s DAD JOKES is the second Knee Play of the Annex Theater season. Emily Hall was most recently seen in Stupid Ghost at Annex Theater and directed the sold-out run of Cook/Thief/Wife/Lover for Annex in 2014.
Since 2013, Annex Theater has commissioned a yearly series of short-run, solo-driven performance pieces showcasing Annex Theater company artists and favorite regular collaborators. The Knee Play series champions works of personal artistic exploration and high-risk experimentation in a supportive environment. Previous artists featured include Trevor Wilhelms, Cricket Arrison, Dionna Fletcher, and Mason Ross.
This season features:
January 26 – February 19
Thursdays – Sundays at 8PM
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Evan Moritz
ATTN: LAST TWO WEEKENDS SOLD OUT
The third play of our 2016 – 2017 season directed by our Founding Artistic Director, Evan Moritz.
Prospero – a sorcerer and former Duke of Milan – and their daughter Miranda have managed to survive and thrive on a remote island for twelve years after being exiled and left to die by Prospero’s treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospero becomes obsessed with avenging their name and bringing their daughter to her rightful place in society. Conjuring a violent tempest on the waters, they are able to entrap a ship carrying Antonio and a court of Neapolitans. The ship wrecks on this island that rests between galaxies – somewhere between the rational waking world and the magic dream world. Inhabitants from both these worlds collide as Prospero is forced to confront their past life and conquer their deep-seated lust for vengeance.
Featuring Aladrian Wetzel, Mika Nakano, Jonathan Jacobs, Kathy Vary, June Keating, Molly Marguiles*, Carly J. Bales*, Betsey Lyons, Sarah Lamar*, Mike Ziccardi, and Desirae Bush. *Company Members
The audiences say:
“A perfect marriage of Annex Theater aesthetics and stellar Shakespeare performances”
“A beautiful piece of art… a much-needed dose of beauty”
“Unlike any [production of The Tempest] I’ve seen before“
“WOW!!! We saw The Tempest last week and we were BLOWN AWAY by the visionary directing and incredible cast. You did amazing work with a challenging script. We’re still talking about it a week later. Can’t wait to see more productions. Thanks for making top quality theater so affordable.”
“The Tempest is my favorite Shakespeare play, and Evan Moritz and The Annex Theater‘s production of it is among the best I’ve seen. The sets and costumes are magical, it’s funny as hell, and the cast is sublime.“
Tickets are $15 General Admission and $7 Student/EBT Card Holders. (Please note this show is general admission and has limited seating for an intimate experience. Late seating may not be able to be accommodated.)
Le Mondo is raising $60,000 to open its first venue and bar!
In 2013, a group of Baltimore artist-organizers (including Annex Theater’s Founding Artistic Director, Evan Moritz) came together to address the growing issues of safe, affordable art space and to create a way to collectively empower each other and share resources. The result of those conversations was Le Mondo. They’ve built the dream of an artist-owned-and-driven performing arts complex from the ground up with the community’s help from the beginning. Now, Le Mondo project is comprised of three historic buildings on Baltimore’s Howard Street corridor that will include: two performance spaces for theater, music, and experimental work, a neighborhood bar, affordable artist studios and live/work apartments, rehearsal/workshop space, and a cafe.
Le Mondo is almost ready to open its first building, MONDO, at 404 – 406 North Howard Street – a flexible performance venue, neighborhood bar, and artist studios. They are raising $60,000 to open their doors to the public in Spring 2017. Not only is this a huge asset and model for the Baltimore arts community, but it will also be the future forever-home of Annex Theater. Help us empower ourselves and the Baltimore arts community through grassroots development and collective ownership. Donate here:
Master and Margarita named #4 in Top Ten Plays of 2016
Annex company member Jacob Budenz flirted with biting off more than he could chew by adapting and directing Mikhail Bulgakov’s carnavalesque Soviet satire, in which the Devil and his entourage come to Moscow. That Budenz and Annex pulled it off—with a nearly three-hour running time to boot—is due to its budget visual extravagance and the performers in two pivotal roles. Autumn Breaud brought a serene vulnerability to the star-crossed Margarita, while Martin Kasey nearly walked away with the production as Woland, playing this devilish figure like a Paul Lynde exterminating angel, the kind of judge, jury, and executioner who makes a wittily fey comment right before burning everything to the ground. (City Paper)
We’re having a swell year!
It’s been a great year so far at Annex and we are very proud to share it with you! Annex Theater has received another slate of awards including Best Theater (Baltimore Magazine), Best Company, Best Play, and Best Character Actor (Baltimore City Paper) to company member Dave Iden who we are probably actively embarrassing for posting this right now. Thank you. Thank you. Your continued support keeps us doing seemingly impossible things.
Support Radical, Experimental Performance in Baltimore
This year, we’re kicking off our 8th season producing award-winning and critically-acclaimed bleeding edge, intimate theater. We’ve made some bold and exciting advancements this year and as we build and refine our organization, we’re asking you to join us in making it happen.