Department of Theatre and Drama Faculty members Baron Kelly and Mark H are both slated to direct productions in Forward Theater’s upcoming 2021-2022 season.
Baron Kelly will direct Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles? by Adrienne Kennedy and Adam P. Kennedy which performs September 9-26, 2021. The story of the play: It’s the Swinging ‘60s in London, and American playwright Adrienne Kennedy finds herself among the rich and ultra-famous when she’s hired to write a stage version of John Lennon’s new book. Told in an interview-style conversation between Kennedy and her son, this autobiographical play shares her sense of awed wonder as she tries to hold her artistic ground in a patriarchal world of show business luminaries.
Mark H. will direct the world premiere of Quan Barry’s The Mytilenian Debate, with performances February 24-March 13, 2022. The story of the play: Latimer is a successful heart surgeon. When his younger wife, Nina, unexpectedly gets pregnant, Latimer must break the news to his grown daughter, who is struggling to start a family of her own. Written by poet, award-winning author, and Forward Theater Writer in Residence Quan Barry, The Mytilenian Debate raises questions about legacy and the responsibilities inherent in bringing a Black child into a complicated world.
For more information about Forward Theater’s 2021-2022 season, including ticket information, visit forwardtheater.com.