By Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Timothy Douglas
Baltimore tells the story of Shelby Wilson, a Black resident advisor for a group of first year students at a college in New England. Shelby is focused on rebuilding her résumé after losing her job in the athletics department. But when a racist caricature is drawn on the dorm door of one of her residents, she is forced to reevaluate her naive belief that she lives in a post-racial society, and she must help strive for peace on campus
OCTOBER 28–31, 2021
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On this page you'll find detailed programmatic information
as well as notes from directors, designers, and the cast
about how our production of BALTIMORE
took shape over the past few months.
A note from
Timothy Douglas, Director
ABOUT TIMOTHY DOUGLAS
Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson. Directed The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui for Emerson Stage, as well as productions for Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, Arena Stage, Berkshire Theatre Group, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Great Theatre of China, Juilliard School, The Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway, Guthrie Theater, Yale Rep, and many others. Upcoming: Champion for Boston Lyric Opera and the world premiere of Something Happened In Our Town for the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. timothydouglas.org
A note from
Baltimore follows a group of college students after a racial incident occurs on their predominantly white campus. Considering the social climate of our community, we wanted to bring this story to life with extreme care and caution, and also a sense of adventure. In one respect, Baltimore asks us to engage deeply with the colonial and capitalistic roots of predominantly white institutions (PWI) and the impact that these roots might have on students of color attending these colleges and universities today. But as we began the rehearsal process, we found that the play also asked us to dig deep into the knowledge and experiences that we carry within ourselves.
DRAMATURG'S INTERVIEW WITH THE CAST
Pick one word to describe your character and why:
McKennen Campbell (Dean Hernandez): Compassionate – Dean Hernandez has so many compassionate qualities as someone who comes into this new space. It’s clear that he’s been through a lot, but he still invests and shows care toward others. I find it intriguing that he writes books about identity and history and applies this research to his interactions, conversations, and how he moves through life.
Anaïs Crespin (Rachel): Persistent – Rachel won’t let things get away. She is adamant on doing what’s right, and calling out everyone else’s bullshit. She won’t let things slide, and she will do what she can to make things right.
Carl Kleifgen (Carson): Curious – I think Carson really wants to learn about others even if he thinks the world is “fixed” already; he is also kind of nosey.
Sydney Cooper (Leigh): Assertive – I think Leigh is strong in her thinking, and has a lot of confidence in what she talks about and herself.
Jasmine Hawkins (Shelby Wilson): Flowering – Shelby is budding and blooming into a better version of herself throughout the show.
ABOUT THE DRAMATURG
OMAR MARDINI, BFA '21 Theatre
Emerson Stage credits: Everybody (Assistant Director), This Golden Day (Understudy), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Saint Matthew), and Spring Awakening (Assistant Company Manager). Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s 13: The Musical (Assistant Director); Musical Theatre Society’s Children of Eden (Ensemble); and RareWorks Theatre Company’s Elephant’s Graveyard (Strongman). Thank you Tim for being a great mentor, and to my family, friends, Samara and Madison, and everyone at Emerson who has helped shape me into the person I am today.
SARABETH SPECTOR, BFA '21 Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: The Late Wedding (Props Lead), Marisol (Props Lead), Men on Boats (Scenic Designer), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Props Lead), Flora, the Red Menace (Assistant Scenic Designer), and Mad Moon (Assistant Scenic Designer). Emerson College credits: Rareworks Theatre Company’s What Every Girl Should Know (Scenic Designer) and EVVY38 (Props Lead). Sarabeth would like to thank her friends and family for their unwavering support throughout her undergraduate education. sarabethspector.com
MAX SEMRAU, BFA '21 Theatre Design/Technology
JOSIE BUCKON, BFA '22 Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: This Golden Day (Lighting Designer), Men On Boats (Production Electrician), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Assistant Lighting Designer), Augusta and Noble (Assistant Lighting Designer), Mad Moon (Assistant Lead Electrician), and What Remains Hidden is Still Known (Assistant Lighting Designer). Emerson College credits: EVVY40 (Co-Lighting Designer); EVVY39 (Assistant Lighting Designer); EVVY38 (Assistant Lead Electrician) and Index Magazine’s Skins (Lighting Designer) and Digital Disco (Lighting Designer). Thank you to the show’s Production Electricians, Grace and Joe, for the pleasure of working together and bringing my design to life! This design could not have come together without the hard work of all of the Electrics Team.
MADDIE HANLEY, BFA '23 Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: The Late Wedding (Production Electrician), Spring Awakening (Mix Engineer), Interior of the Artist Without Her Sister (Production Sound Engineer), This Golden Day (Co-Production Sound Engineer), Men On Boats (Assistant Production Sound Engineer), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Assistant Sound Designer). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s La Cage Aux Folles (Co-Sound Designer); Musical Theatre Society’s Ordinary Days (Sound Designer). Thank you to my family, my roommates, the PSE team, the EmStage sound department, and my amazing co-designer and friend, Juanma. Your support means everything to me.
JUANMA SUAREZ, BFA '23 Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Associate Lighting Designer), Spring Awakening (Production Sound Engineer), Everybody (Assistant Lighting Designer), This Golden Day (Production Sound Engineer/Mix Engineer), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Assistant Master Electrician), Men on Boats (Production Sound Engineer), Good Breeding (Assistant Lighting Designer), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Assistant Master Electrician). Thank you to my chosen family and friends here in Boston, y gracias a mi familia hermosa Mami, Papi, JD, y Panda… Los Amo, gracias por simpre creer en mi!
EVY BURCH, BFA '22 Theatre and Performance
Emerson Stage credits: Stupid F##king Bird (Assistant Props Lead), Marisol (Assistant Props Lead). Emerson College credits: Emerson Shakespeare Society’s The Winter's Tale (Mopsa); Emerson Independent Video's Floor 13 (Production Designer); and Mercutio Troupe's The Trial of Errors (Props Lead). Thank you to everyone in the prop shop, I would be truly lost without you.
SARAH BORD, BFA '21 Stage and Production Management
Emerson Stage credits: Lucky Stiff (Production Assistant), Newfest Readings and Shorts (Production Assistant), Flora the Red Menace (2nd Assistant Stage Manager), Good Breeding (Assistant Production Supervisor), Men on Boats (1st Assistant Stage Manager), This Golden Day (Production Supervisor), Everybody (Production Supervisor), and Going to California (Production Supervisor). Thanks to Mom for answering every phone call, and to Dad for making sure every dream could be pursued.
ZION AMPARO (Bryant) BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage Debut! Want to thank my momma, Todd, & everyone who has supported, motivated, or inspired me along the way. Seb this one's for you. (& Marco)
NAJA NICOLE BROWN (Alyssa) BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: This Golden Day (Understudy). Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s 13: The Musical (Cassie). Thanks to Mom and Shani for your endless support!
McKENNEN CAMPBELL (Dean Hernandez) BFA '23 Theatre and Performance. Emerson Stage credits: Marisol (Dramaturg), Squeaky Fromme Love Song (Deck Crew). Emerson College credits: Mercutio Troupe's The Trial of Errors (Playwright/Director) and The Painted Handgun (Co-Dramaturg/Music Composer); Musical Theatre Society's Cabaret of Color (Performer). McKennen is also a performing arts senator for the cultural organization, POWER. McKennen would like to share his gratitude to the artists working on this production for collaborating to tell such an enthralling and momentous story.
SYDNIE COOPER (Leigh) BFA '22 Acting Studio. Emerson Stage credits: The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Saint Monica), Men on Boats (Seneca Howland/ The Bishop). Special Thanks to this talented cast for being very supportive, and hardworking. Thank you to the crew for doing all that you guys did to create this amazing show, and thank you Timothy for allowing us the space to have numerous conversations. Last, thank you to friends and family that support me no matter what I do! Love you all!
ANAÏS CRESPIN (Rachel) BFA '23 Acting Studio. Emerson Stage credits: Marisol (Woman with Furs). Emerson College credits: Emerson Independent Video’s Three Wild Mangos on A Mountain (Producer) and Man in the Box (News Reporter). Thank you to all of my theatre educators in Singapore for believing in me. Gracias a mama y papa, los amo.
ALYSSA FREY (Fiona) BFA '23 Acting Studio. Emerson Stage credits: Deliberation Room (Cher). Emerson College credits: Mercutio Troupe's When Her Art is No Longer Her Own (Devising Ensemble) and Emerson Channel's 707: A Sitcom (Bailey). Big thanks to Mom, Dad, and Amanda for their unwavering support and to those in my life who push to see a change in the world: you inspire me. https://alyssanf4.wixsite.com/actor
JASMINE HAWKINS (Shelby Wilson) BFA '23 Acting Studio. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: Flawless Brown's Loud (Actress and Writer) and Emerson Independent Video’s Smoking Jackets (Christine). Thank you to my parents, friends, and faculty for all of your support!
CARL KLEIFGEN (Carson) BFA '23 Theatre and Performance. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s 13: The Musical (Archie). Thanks to my mom, dad, sister, and friends for all the love and support <3
ISABEL MOON (Grace) BFA '23 Theatre and Performance. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Flawless Stage's I Was Baked for All of WWIII (Zander) and Emerson Shakespeare Society's [Enter Messenger] (ensemble). Thanks to A.S.I.A., the SkinTones, and the cheer team for the love and support!
Artistic and Production Staff
Assistant Director OMAR MARDINI
Vocal Coach VAL MADDEN
Assistant Scenic Designer EVONNE JOHNSON
Scenic Artist MARIEL RICHARDSON
Assistant Costume Designer TRIXIE WARD
Wardrobe Supervisor DOM LETERII
Associate Lighting Designer FELIX CLARKE
Assistant Lighting Designer OLIVER HAWKE
Production Electrician GRACE TUCHMAN
Lead Electrician JOE MORALES
Assistant Lead Electrician LAUREN HODGKINS
Production Sound Engineer BAZ KOUBA
Assistant Production Sound Engineer SARAH MILLER
Assistant Technical Director HARLEY NOVY
Assistant Stage Manager KYLIE BERRY
2nd Assistant Stage Manager JAMIE NICKERSON
Production Assistant HALLE HART
Production Supervisor CARLY ZAMOST
Assistant Production Supervisor DELENE BEAUCHAMP
Company Manager SOPHIE KLOKINIS
Associate Company Manager CHANDLER DAVID
Assistant Company Manager MICHAEL MENOR
HANNAH BOSSANGE, DIEGO CHINA, FIBY DICHTER, GIUSEPPE FUSCA, AURORA HAN, CATHY HEBERT, MACKENZIE LEWIS, JONATHAN LOPEZ, SYDNEY LOWRY, MILO LUBIN, JADA MURPHY, LISA PARKER FELT, BEN RUIGOMEZ, ALISSA SCHOPP, SUSAN WEINHARDT, CORINNE WILSON
Emerson Stage Staff
Artistic Director—Annie G. Levy
General Manager—David Colfer
Production Manager—Timothey Sullivan
Technical Director—Kristin Knutson
Props Director—Ryan Bates
Costume Shop Supervisor—Richelle Devereaux-Murray
Resident Sound Designer—Elizabeth Cahill
Head Carpenter—Connor Thompson
Scenic Painter—Joe Keener
Sound Technician—Steven Deptula
Assistant General Manager—Alix Bigley
Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor—Brian Choinski
Assistant Properties Manager—Lauren Corcuera
Stage and Production Management—Debra A. Acquavella
Scenic Design—Debra Booth
Scenic Painting—Joe Keener
Costume Design—Chelsea Kerl
Lighting Design—Scott Pinkney
Sound Design—Elizabeth Cahill
Emerson Stage Office Assistants— Casper Apodaca, Shannon Horsey, Alex Tawid Di Maggio, Jake Tolentino
Production Management Assistants—Carleigh Allen and Anthony Feola
Videographers—Benjamin Bernard and Jacqueline Thom
Scene Shop Staff— Jonah Barricklo, Sean Dougherty, Marco Giacona, Emerson Hart, Sam Kisthardt, Baz Kouba, Dylan Norris
Paint Shop Assistants—Matthew Banes and Leah Heath
Scenic Artists/Painters—Emily Curtis, Sofia Goldfarb, Serino Nakayama,
Kimberly Ndegwa, Fernando Rueda, Garrett Traer
Prop Shop Assistant—Delene Beauchamp, Evy Burch, Briana Figarella, Oliver Hawke, Mariel Richardson, Ava Scanlon, Mercedes Suarez
Stitchers—Tayla Dixon, David Estabrooks, Grace Fitzgerald, Emily Geldermann,
Caitlin Johnson, Lorence Jones-Perpich, Dominic Letterii, Justina MacNeil, Molly Shaughnessy, Munroe Shearer, Trixie Ward
Laundry Assistants—Aleah Bloom and Angelina Parillo
Stock Attendants—Megan Decker, Jessica Immel, Lucile Lyon