Baltimore Annex Theater closes their 2016-17 season with The King of Howard St., an original play about the lives, dreams and deprivations of the formerly homeless writer, Housing Rights Advocate Anthony Williams. Adapted from the writer’s journals by company member Ren Pepitone, this will be the first theater production in the multi-use community hub Le Mondo, an artist-owned and operated space that Annex will soon be calling home.
Anthony, now past 60, and native to Baltimore, is determined to make a better life for himself. He’s seeing a therapist, kicked drugs, and applied for Section 8 housing. For now he’s squatting downtown, and trying to take care of himself, the abandoned building, and a coterie of friends who depend on him. In the face of poverty, addiction, abuse, gang violence, city mismanagement, and the biggest snowfall on record, Anthony shoulders the weight of his friends’ survival. Told through first-hand accounts interwoven with myth and history, urban and magical realism, tragedy and absurdity, Anthony advocates for himself and the Baltimore homeless community–knowing all the while that not everybody makes it.
The King of Howard St. is Directed by Roz Cauthen, adapted from the journals of Anthony Williams by Ren Pepitone.
Performances are May 18th-June 4th, 8pm Thursday–Saturday at Le Mondo, 404 N Howard St. Baltimore, MD.