Season 3 is here!!!

We are so grateful to be here right now, in this vibrant and diverse city, with these thoughtful and supportive audiences, surrounded by the talented and dedicated artists who want to do this work with us, and in a space that we can call our own. Grateful seems like too small a word heading into our third year, but that's the best one we've got. We've been so very fortunate to come through all that we have so far stronger, wiser, and with a desire to reach further and stretch ourselves even more. 

It is our wish that you will continue this journey with us into Season 3 and beyond. We hope this offering of shows and projects excites you in the way that it has excited us to dream it up. Let's have a ball making theatre and growing our artistic community this season. It's all we can do in the face of such a wonderful environment while filled with such enormous gratitude.

- Brad Norris, Co-Founder


SEASON 3 - THE LONG VERSION

Our Season Three lineup includes three main stage productions, a new playwright fellowship program, several special projects, and an expansion of our educational work. Cohesion will once again continue expanding our collaborative mission by working in partnership with local companies like Spotlighters Theatre, Baltimore Improv Group, and Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, while also partnering with The Southeast Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library to bring free theatre education programs to the neighborhoods of the Southeast.

 

Cohesion will open Season Three with two special projects. The Political Cabaret is a collaboration between Cohesion Theatre Company, Spotlighters Theatre, and Baltimore Improv Group culminating in four nights of improv, sketch comedy, and music as we head into election season. "I couldn't be more excited than to put together a show combining the artists and resources of Spotlighters', Cohesion and Baltimore Improv Group” said Mike Harris, Executive and Artistic Director of B.I.G. “Go ahead and laugh at America's Political Future; before it is time to weep." Performances will be September 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 10:30 PM at Spotlighters following their season opener, Marx in Soho. There is an open call for submissions to the Cabaret of sketches, music, and performers that runs until July 20th. For information on how to submit, visit www.cohesiontheatre.org/auditions, or email Alice Stanley at Alice@cohesiontheatre.org.

 

Back for another limited run due to its popularity, Cohesion and Baltimore Shakespeare Factory present, The Complete Deaths of William Shakespeare (The Remount!). In this special Halloween return engagement Cohesion and BSF are celebrating the 400th Anniversary Year of Shakespeare’s death one more time with their devised work of stage combat, bard appreciation, and silliness encompassing every death of every character written into all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays. Running October 28 – 31, 2016 at St. Mary’s in Hampden, the entire original cast of this hilarious and action packed night returns to celebrate Halloween weekend with you, including a special preshow trick or treat reception before the performance on Monday, October 31st.

 

The first main stage production of the season will be the delicious black comedy, Schoolgirl Figure by Wendy MacLeod. Welcome to a high school where the in-crowd is the thin-crowd. The death of the uber-anorexic Monique, queen of the Carpenters, kicks off a scramble for the crown, and the school's hottest hottie, The Bradley. Renee, with the help of her bulimic best friend Patty, is determined to claim the crown by out-foxing her rival Jeanine and taking her body back to its pre-puberty contours. The Washington Post said, "playwright Wendy MacLeod's bitter black comedy is...sick. It's perverse. It's irreverent. And it's hilarious." Let the diet wars begin! Schoolgirl Figure plays at Cohesion’s home at United Evangelical Church November 17 – December 4, 2016. All main stage productions in Season 3 will include a discounted Industry Night as part of their run. The Industry Night for Schoolgirl Figure is Monday, November 28, 2016.

 

In January, Cohesion will begin the public showings of its new Playwright Fellowship Series. Cohesion will select three local playwrights over the Summer of 2016 for the Fellowship from open submissions, culminating in a three-part workshop series in the second half of the season. Each playwright will be assigned a director to work with in the Fall of 2016, and a cast will be assembled as scripts develop. Playwrights will be able to submit drafts in various stages to the directors for feedback, and arrange readings with the cast throughout the season. Cohesion is seeking playwrights with ideas for full length scripts or scripts in very early stages which can be developed throughout the season. The goal is not to have playwrights submit finished plays, but rather to create new ones through the workshopping process. The first public presentation of the workshop will be January 20 – 22, 2017, followed by the second one February 10 – 12, 2017, with the final Fellowship showing May 5 – 7, 2017. For further information about the submission process and deadlines, please visit www.cohesiontheatre.org/auditions.

 

In March, Cohesion’s Co-Founder Alice Stanley will co-direct with Jane Jongward William Shakespeare’s Henry V. Alice was behind the critically acclaimed production of Hamlet starting Caitlin Carbone in Cohesion’s second season. Henry V is Shakespeare's epic tale of one of England's most celebrated kings and the famous battle of Agincourt. When placed in the context of ancient rights and God-given purpose, we see adventure and heroism in Henry’s story. Directors Alice Stanley and Jane Jongeward will seek to strip away this glorified portrayal of the violence of war by setting the piece in backwoods and rolling hills of nineteenth century Appalachia. Drawing on historical family feuds and traditional religious bluegrass music, the production will spur the questions: What is the nature of violence when glory is discounted, and how do we reconcile the long history of violence with faith? William Shakespeare’s Henry V will run March 9 – 26, 2017, with an Industry Night on Monday, March 20, 2017.

 

Finally Cohesion will close out Season 3 with the Baltimore Premiere of Jaclyn Backhaus’ thrilling and widely acclaimed new play, Men on Boats. Cohesion produced this play in stage reading form on the sidewalk outside Dangerously Delicious Pies in Hampden as part of ParityFest Baltimore 2015. Now the show is coming back as a full production of Cohesion’s main stage, June 1 - 18, 2017, with an Industry Night on Monday, June 12, 2017. Men on Boats is an anachronistic retelling of the 1869 Powell expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River through what is now the Grand Canyon. This play turns conventional historical storytelling on its head by presenting this hardened manly tale of the Wild West with a company entirely composed of ethnically diverse female and transgender actors.
 

Cohesion also envisions a special tongue-in-cheek project cooked up by regular Cohesion artist, Matthew Payne and the Cohesion Ensemble. The Complete Works of George R. R. Martin (Abridged). In the hysterical parody tradition of shows like The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Cohesion is taking a quick jaunt to the cheery land of Westeros. SPOILER ALERT: It’s that show where everyone dies. Like, everyone. Oh, and there are dragons sometimes. And zombie ice men. And lots of sex. Incest, polygamy, rape, regicide, patricide, inappropriate breast feeding, fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.... Plus there’s a lot of really messed up people who will do anything and everything they can to get power or to keep it. Should make for a quick 90 minutes. 

 

Cohesion’s Season 3 Educational Offerings currently include a series of free workshops in partnership with The Southeast Anchor Branch of The Enoch Pratt Free Library. The following workshops will be offered to students through the Library with Cohesion staff and artists heading up the teaching components.

Anime Club — Monday, September 19, 2016, 3:30-5pm

Poetry Writing & Performing Workshop — Monday, September 26, 2016, 3:30-5pm

Stage Combat Workshop — Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, 3:30-5pm

Hip Hop & Shakespeare Workshop — Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 12-2:30pm and Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, 3:30-5pm

SEASON 3 - THE SHORT VERSION

Main Stage Productions: 

Schoolgirl Figure

By Wendy MacLeod

Nov. 17 – Dec. 4, 2016

Industry Night - Nov. 28, 2016

Welcome to a high school where the in-crowd is the thin-crowd. The death of the uber-anorexic Monique, queen of the Carpenters, kicks off a scramble for the crown, and the school's hottest hottie, The Bradley. Renee, with the help of her bulimic best friend Patty, is determined to claim the crown by out-foxing her rival Jeanine and taking her body back to its pre-puberty contours. The Washington Post said, "playwright Wendy MacLeod's bitter black comedy is...sick. It's perverse. It's irreverent. And it's hilarious." Let the diet wars begin! 

 

William Shakespeare’s Henry V

 

Co-Directed by Alice Stanley & Jane Jongward

March 9 – 26, 2017

Industry Night - March 20, 2017

Henry V is Shakespeare's epic tale of one of England's most celebrated kings and the famous battle of Agincourt. When placed in the context of ancient rights and God-given purpose, we see adventure and heroism in Henry’s story. Directors Alice Stanley and Jane Jongeward will seek to strip away this glorified portrayal of the violence of war by setting the piece in backwoods and rolling hills of nineteenth century Appalachia. Drawing on historical family feuds and traditional religious bluegrass music, the production will spur the questions: What is the nature of violence when glory is discounted, and how do we reconcile the long history of violence with faith?

 

Men on Boats

By Jaclyn Backhaus

June 1 – 18, 2017

Industry Night - June 12, 2017

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is an anachronistic retelling of the 1869 Powell expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. This thrilling and widely acclaimed new play by Jaclyn Backhaus turns conventional historical storytelling on its head by presenting this hardened manly tale of the wild west with a company entirely composed of ethnically diverse female and transgender actors.

 

The Playwrights Fellowship Series:

Cohesion will select three playwrights for the Fellowship, culminating in a three-part workshop series in the second half of the season. Each playwright will be assigned a director from the start, and a cast will be assembled as scripts develop. Playwrights will be able to submit drafts in various stages to the directors for feedback, and arrange readings with the cast throughout the season. Cohesion is seeking playwrights with ideas for full length scripts or scripts in very early stages which can be developed throughout the season. The goal is not to have playwrights submit finished plays, but rather to create new ones through the workshopping process.

Fellowship 1 Public Showing -  Jen Diamond

April 7-9, 2017

Fellowship 2 Public Showing - Utkarsh Rajawat

May 5 – 7, 2017

 

Special Projects:

 

The Political Cabaret

Created by Spotlighter’s Theatre, Baltimore Improv Group, and Cohesion Theatre Company

September 9, 10, 16, & 17, 2016

Tickets available at www.spotlighters.org

Cohesion Theatre Company, Spotlighters Theatre, and Baltimore Improv Group are proud to announce the Political Cabaret, four nights of improv, sketch comedy, and music as we head into election season. Performances will be September 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 10:30 PM at Spotlighters following performances of their season opener, Marx in Soho. This groundbreaking collaboration will celebrate and mock hot-button issues in our society and draw in audiences from all three companies and the Baltimore community.

 

The Complete Deaths of William Shakespeare (The Remount!)

Created by Baltimore Shakespeare Factory & Cohesion Theatre Company

October 28 – 31, 2016

Back for a special Halloween return engagement Cohesion and BSF are celebrating the 400th Anniversary Year of Shakespeare’s death one more time with their devised work of stage combat, bard appreciation, and silliness encompassing every death of every character written into all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays. The entire original cast of this hilarious and action packed night returns to celebrate Halloween weekend with you, including a special preshow trick or treat reception before the performance on Monday, October 31st. Don’t miss out!

Educational Programs:

Cohesion’s Season 3 Educational Offerings currently include a series of free workshops in partnership with The Southeast Anchor Branch of The Enoch Pratt Free Library. The following workshops will be offered to students through the Library with Cohesion staff and artists heading up the teaching components.

Anime Club

Monday, September 19, 2016, 3:30-5pm

Poetry Writing & Performing Workshop

Monday, September 26, 2016, 3:30-5pm

Stage Combat Workshop

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, 3:30-5pm

Hip Hop & Shakespeare Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 12-2:30pm and

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, 3:30-5pm