• Wednesday, October 18, 7pm

  • Saturday, January 13, 1pm

  • Thursday, February 15, 7pm

  • Saturday, March 10, 1pm

  • Thursday, April 19, 7pm

  • Sunday, May 13, 2pm

The NEW Workshop Package is
Access to The Remaining 4 Workshops &
1 Ticket to Opening Night!

Each Workshop is $15 if bought individually

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A Theatre Ghost Story

The Quickening explores the age-old questions regarding the end of life and how science, religion and folklore seek to provide answers.

     While most of the work seen onstage in Baltimore is written by playwrights who live outside of the mid-Atlantic, we are delighted to announce an investment in local playwright Mark Scharf. Over the course of nine months, The Collaborative Theatre, in partnership with Fells Point Corner Theatre, will work to develop his new play, The Quickening, in preparation for a fully staged production in June 2018.

     Any new play requires careful consideration, thoughtful feedback, and several rounds of rewrites before it is ready for rehearsal. This workshop process is designed both to hone the script and showcase the many aspects of production work that go into creating a complete evening of theatre.

     We invite you to be in the room for this unique process, including table reads, design presentations, cast discussions, and open rehearsals. At each workshop event, audience members will be invited to share their thoughts about the work-in-progress and contribute to the creation of a brand new work of art.

     The Workshop Package includes access to each of these workshop events, along with a ticket to opening night of this world premiere ghost story on June 8, 2018. Ever wondered how plays go from page to stage? Join us for the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience!

      What if the brain receives consciousness, like your computer downloads a program from the Internet, instead of generating consciousness? Does that mean your consciousness does not end when your body dies?

     The Quickening, a ghost story for the stage, tells the tale of Matt and Beth Wells, a young couple expecting their first child, as they move into their new home on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia; built where a skirmish occurred during the Civil War. Happy, but overwhelmed, Beth is soon puzzled and frightened by unexplained events that at first, only she experiences. These events propel her to discover the story behind the supernatural activity in her new home and to try and save her baby. 

     With the help of her mathematician neighbor and her earthy mother from Baltimore, she must not only discover the truth, but overcome her own fears and the hostile skepticism of her husband to face the unknown and save her unborn child. But does she succeed?

The Details:

  • Wednesday, October 18, 7pm: Join the cast for the first official table reading of the play, followed by a discussion of character, themes, and plot.
  • Saturday, January 13, 1pm: Cast and crew gather to read the newest draft of the script aloud, and to view and discuss in-progress design plans from the costume, set, sound, and lighting designers.
  • Thursday, February 15, 7pm: The director and cast begin the official rehearsal process with blocking and preliminary character work. Additional script changes are discussed.
  • Saturday, March 10, 1pm: Work continues with the evolving script. The director and cast work closely with the playwright to finalize plot and dialogue.
  • Thursday, April 19, 7pm: Arriving at a final draft of the script, the cast begins to settle into the world of the play, exploring the rhythm of the text and the characters' voices.
  • Sunday, May 13, 2pm: The play comes to life with the addition of set elements, props, and costume pieces.