In Highlandtown, Hon:

Creative Alliance presents Reprises of Two Popular Shows

"Welcome to Baltimore, Hon" by Brandon Welch
"Here Lies Dorothy Parker" by Niki Lee
Fri Apr 5th at 8pm, Sat Apr 6th at 7pm $10, $8 mbrs.
413 S. Conkling St., Baltimore Info: 410-276-1651
Adv. tkts.

The series "By Popular Demand" reprises the most popular Creative Alliance performances from the past year. A second show on Saturday has been added to meet demand.

Brandon Welch's "Welcome to Baltimore, Hon" and Niki Lee's "Here Lies Dorothy Parker" are two original one-person shows with strong links to Baltimore.

In "Welcome to Baltimore, Hon," vignettes of a man struggling with his city's fame as a rat fishing center, Mum-Mum responding to her daughters unexpected inter-racial pregnancy, and a hip-hop‚loving white guy dealing with racism, all speak to Baltimore's identity, both inside and outside the Beltway. Says the Creative Alliance's spokesperson, Megan Hamilton, "Welch's gritty, believable humor sparks empathy for our faulted but oddly attractive town."

Selling her pick-up truck to buy the rights to use Dorothy Parker's words in her play was just one act of passion in Lee's exploration of the hard-living, sharp-witted short story writer, poet, and theater critic who established herself as arguably the first modern American woman of letters during her prime in the 1920s. A committed supporter of progress in civil rights, Parker's ashes are held here in Baltimore at NAACP headquarters. Putting Parker's poems to music and dramatically presenting slices of her superb short stories, Lee creates a compelling vision of brilliance and tragedy.

So Baltimoreans, get thee to the Creative Alliance for fresh looks at our quirky selves.

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This story was published on April 4, 2002.