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A New Lead

Centerstage promises “high drama.” Not only is this season the theater’s 50th, but it’s also the first entire one under the purview of artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. The British-born thespian has already created buzz with ambitious plans to make his venue and the city major arts destinations. An early validation: Baltimore magazine recently named Centerstage the city’s “Best Theater Experience.”

October 17 through November 25, hometown fave Bruce Nelseon portrays a famous former resident in The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe. Conjuring ghosts of Poe’s past, the work imagines the mysterious time just before the macabre master’s death. (He disappeared for a week and was found delirious on a dark Baltimore street.) November 21 through December 23, William Inge’s 1955 Bus Stop depicts strangers who wait out a snowstorm in a Kansas diner. In the wee hours of the night, the disparate travelers (think an alcoholic philosophy professor, an aspiring nightclub singer, a rodeo champ) chase love and dreams. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre also stages Bus Stop through November 11.

Centerstage, 700 N. Calvert St., Mount Vernon, 410.332.0033, www.centerstage.com