THE SEASON OF BECOMING:
EXPLORING THE MANY WAYS WE BECOME WHO WE ARE
The new 18/19 Season of Becoming is filled with both classics from the queer theatrical canon as well as some of the newest queer work to have been produced. Thematically, this season follows characters from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds as they struggle to defy the ‘shoulds’ of society and begin the oftentimes grueling and difficult journey of expressing and celebrating their true authentic selves, something that is especially challenging for queer populations. This season dares us all to engage with our pain, our fear, and our ability to love both ourselves and others in hopes of becoming who we wish to be. For Iron Crow Theatre, the Season of Becoming renews our commitment to becoming the best theatre we can, to serving our community of artists and patrons in meaningful new ways, and to laying the foundation for becoming Baltimore’s next Equity theatre.
We begin with Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project's brilliant docudrama The Laramie Project. With just 8 actors playing over 60 roles, The Laramie Project chronicles both the local and national response to the beating and subsequent death of Matthew Shepard. By weaving together interviews, journal entries, and published news reports, The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. In memoriam of the 20th anniversary of Matthew's death, we're honored to welcome the creators of The Laramie Project, the Tectonic Theater Project, to Baltimore — so be sure to check out all of the ways you can be involved in this historic moment! We bring back our After Shows with the Crows programming, including a Staged Reading of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and launch the new educational program CrowLabs: Masterclass, beginning with the Tectonic Theater Project's workshop in Moment Work.
Following The Laramie Project is our annual production of Richard O'Briens outrageous sci-fi rock-and-roll cult classic The Rock Horror Show. But this year, we're going holiday! Rocky 2018 will be a winter holiday mashup like you've never seen before! As always, The Rocky Horror Show is also our annual fundraiser benefiting both Iron Crow Theatre's Sustainability Fund and Baltimore's Moveable Feast. Since 2016, Iron Crow Theatre has donated over $4,000 to Baltimore's Moveable Feast through The Rocky Horror Show.
Next, straight from Lincoln Center Theatre in NYC and from the critically-acclaimed playwright Bathsheba Doran, comes The Mystery of Love and Sex — new play heralded by the New York Times as, “Perfectly wonderful! Among the season's finest plays." An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up, this compelling and spirited narrative of intricate relationships is an entertaining and explosive look at race, sexual identity, and family dynamics.
And finally, we complete our season with A New Brain, from the Tony Award-winning authors of Falsettos William Finn and James Lapine, with vocal arrangements by Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown. An energetic, sardonic, and often hilarious musical about unforeseen life events, A New Brain reminds us of the necessity of constantly taking stock in who we are, what we're made of, and who we hope to be.
The 18/19 Season is filled with new programs and initiatives, classic queer work and queer work never before seen here in Baltimore. I hope you'll join us, and together, let's become something great.