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The College of Arts Sciences

'Baltimore' from Cornell PMA & Civic Ensemble, April 28–May 6

April 12, 2017

By Kirsten Greenidge

Directed by Sarah K. Chalmers

When: April 28–29 & May 5–6, 7:30 p.m.; May 6, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Kiplinger Theatre, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts


Baltimore tells the story of Shelby Wilson, an African-American resident adviser for a group of freshmen at a college in New England. When a racist caricature is drawn on the dorm door of one of her black students, she is forced to reevaluate her naive belief that she lives in a post-racial society, and she must help strive for peace on campus. The play, Civic Ensemble’s second annual collaboration with Cornell’s Department of Performance and Media Arts, references true events, including the riots in Ferguson, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, and Sandra Bland.

Performances of Baltimore are in the Schwartz Center’s Kiplinger Theatre April 28–29 & May 5–6 at 7:30 p.m., and May 6 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at or at the Schwartz Center box office Tuesday–Saturday, 2:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15/adults and $8/students and seniors. A limited number of free tickets are available for those who could not otherwise attend the play. Please click here or call Civic Ensemble at 607-241-0195. Help with transportation for groups is available.

The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts is located at 430 College Avenue in Ithaca.

Baltimore cast ©Adam Baker Photography