1989, Dir. Brad Mays
With Rick Hammontree, Susan Rome and Greg McClure
71 min, digital projection
A fictionalized account of the trials and tribulations of a Baltimore-based experimental theater company called Storefront Theatre, loosely fashioned after the now-defunct Corner Theatre ETC, the dark comedy Stage Fright captures the struggles of the Baltimore theater community in the late 1980s.
When notorious playwright Grayson Osterman (Rick Hammontree) returns after a long hiatus with a shocking new play, Malaise, based somewhat on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, he is shocked to discover that one of his leads has had a mental breakdown just three days before opening. Together the theater group must recast the role and work around the clock to get the play ready for a much-heralded premiere. A tongue-in-cheek satire, Stage Fright captures a moment of flux in the arts scene of Baltimore as the hopes of the 1960s counterculture movement give way to the pessimism of the 1990s.
Museum of Arts and Design (View)
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new york, NY 10019
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