Are you cool enough to enjoy the strawberry? Because there is no difference between the past and the future, they’re all with you together in the bed of the present. Are you ready for a cinematic hybrid of chaos, confusion, and conclusive truth that is masquerading itself across the stage of Strand Theater Company? Because if you are, then you’re ready to face Harry and the Thief, written by Sigrid Gilmer.
When the name Harriet Tubman is mentioned, to many of us— especially those of us here in Baltimore— a particular image comes to mind: a kindly older woman wrapped in her shawl, showing folks the way to freedom on the underground railroad. But the legendary woman of history was so much more than that. And what happens when a time-traveling genius plots to intercept Harriet Tubman in her heyday and load her up with enough guns to incite a revolution that will echo throughout all of time and space?
The door never closes at Mama’s Place. Everyman Theatre is holding that door wide open as the 2015 New Year starts. Entering the back end of their 2014/2015 with Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, Everyman brings to the stage the harrowing and haunting tale of life in a small town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where civil war is eminent, every man is danger, and the palm wine and the dancing are the only things that chase away the horrors of reality.