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Press Release: New Baltimore Theater Company Announces Launch Party


New Baltimore theater company announces launch party
Baltimore – Cohesion Theatre Company, a new collaboration-based

Baltimore theater group, will host a launch party and fundraiser to introduce its inaugural season line-up at Gallery 788 in Hampden at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.

Cohesion Theatre Company is the creation of the artistic team behind this spring’s critically acclaimed production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at Spotlighter’s Theatre in Mt. Vernon. Brad Norris and Alicia Stanley, who respectively directed and assistant directed Edward II, have been involved for several years in the Baltimore region theater community as directors, actors, lighting designers and stage managers for companies such as the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and The Jewish Theatre Workshop, among others.

Norris is the events manager of Center Stage, and has worked in the non-profits arts world in Chicago and Baltimore for more than 15 years.

“The goal of Cohesion is to be a catalyst for growing theater and the arts in Baltimore,” Norris said. “We want to create a strong sense of community in this wonderful and artistically thriving city by partnering with other theater groups and local artists of every discipline.”

Norris and Stanley will direct two of the three shows planned for Cohesion’s inaugural season, with Edward II lead actor Jonas David Grey directing the third. Grey, a resident member of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and starring as Richard II this season, has decades of national and regional acting and directing experience.

“Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of bringing together Brad and Alicia to direct Edward II. The show was a personal dream for me and one of the best theater experiences I’ve ever had,” Grey said. “That little show sparked something between Brad and Alicia that has rapidly grown into this exciting endeavor. They have a very clear vision to develop engaging theater experiences and bring together members of the artistic community in Baltimore as part of the process. I believe very strongly in Cohesion’s vision and purpose to accommodate ‘cohesion’ within the Baltimore artistic community.”

Tickets to Cohesion’s launch party may be purchased by making a donation of $20 or more to the company’s Indiegogo campaign page. Donors at various levels will receive gift certificates to area restaurants and tickets to Cohesion shows, in addition to tickets to the launch party. Cohesion’s Indiegogo campaign donations are the initial fundraising efforts for Cohesion’s inaugural season budget.

The launch party will include food, drinks, raffle prizes, dancing, live music by The Black and White Milk Bar singers and music by DJ Aurturo Ozaeta. Gallery 788 is at 3602 Hickory Ave. in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore.

Cohesion Theatre Company is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Cohesion Theatre Company must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Press Release: OneMain Financial Named Presenting Sponsor for KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K

2014 KidsPeace 5k Run 1 Mile Walk presented by OneMain Financial Ad


OneMain Financial Named Presenting Sponsor for KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K

BALTIMORE, September, 2014 – For the second year, OneMain Financial was named as the presenting sponsor of the fifth annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K. The race is held in partnership with the Baltimore Orioles.

“With roots that tie our company to the Baltimore community since 1912, our commitment to this city is strong,” said Mary McDowell, president and CEO of OneMain Financial. “We are proud to be partnering with KidsPeace and the Orioles again this year to make a difference in the lives of local foster youth.”

The race begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 1 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Runners will finish the race on the ball field. All proceeds benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland and Washington, D.C. To register, visit

“OneMain Financial is making an incredible impact on KidsPeace foster youth through this generous sponsorship,” said Angela Showalter, KidsPeace board member and wife of Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “Buck and I are so proud to share our commitment to KidsPeace with others in our community, and we invite everyone to join us on race day to lend support for these young people.”

Gold sponsors for the race include CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Bridgeway Community Church, RevMax, Under Armour, WPOC, MASN and WBAL Radio. To become a sponsor, please call 410-964-9329.




About KidsPeace

For 132 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit Follow us at or on Twitter @KidsPeace.

About OneMain Financial

OneMain Financial provides personal loans and one-on-one, local service from more than 1,100 branches nationwide. Since 1912, OneMain Financial has worked with customers to find the loan solutions that best fit their needs and budget. The company and its employees proudly support local activities and events that bring communities together. Additional information may be found at

Press Release: Major League Baseball joins Maryland Public Television in nationwide Star-Spangled Banner bicentennial tribute


Major League Baseball joins Maryland Public Television in

nationwide Star-Spangled Banner bicentennial tribute

MLB ballparks to show video montage prior to games on Sunday, September 14

Baseball and Orioles Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer will join national broadcast of

Great Performances concert from Pier 6 at Inner Harbor

OWINGS MILLS, MD — Major League Baseball (MLB) Clubs will show a special video montage of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to games on Sunday, September 14, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and writing of the National Anthem.

In conjunction with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the program Great Performances, Maryland Public Television (MPT) will furnish to all Major League Clubs a video montage of the national anthem taped during the PBS production Star-Spangled Banner: The Bicentennial of our National Anthem, which airs at 8 pm (EDT) nationwide on Saturday, September 13.

The song and images will be available for playback on Sunday on ballpark screens across the United States as well as online at, all 30 Club websites, and official MLB and Club accounts on social media channels.

Baseball and Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer will be on stage during the live, two-hour Saturday night broadcast of Star-Spangled Banner: The Bicentennial of our National Anthem from Pier 6 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. The baseball legends will introduce and narrate a special historical video presentation in the television special.

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Press Release: Star Spangled Spectacular To Air On MPT



Star-Spangled Spectacular concert special to air on Maryland Public Television


Live, two-hour September 13 concert special celebrates national anthem’s 200th anniversary


Two-hour live broadcast, hosted by John Lithgow, co-hosted by Jordin Sparks, features performances from

Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Etheridge, Denyce Graves-Montgomery, Little Big Town, Pentatonix,

Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, and Train


OWINGS MILLS, MD – Maryland Public Television, in partnership with Dick Clark Productions and THIRTEEN Productions, presents Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem, a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, at Pier Six Concert Pavilion on Saturday, September 13. The concert will air live on MPT at 8 p.m. as part of PBS’s Great Performances series.

Prior to the concert, MPT will team up with WBAL-TV for a one-hour program Star-Spangled Spectacular: Baltimore Celebrates airing from 7-8 p.m. on MPT and 7-7:30 p.m. on WBAL. Hosted by WBAL’s morning duo Jason Newton and Mindy Basara with MPT’s Jeff Salkin and Yolanda Vazquez and WBAL’s Megan Pringle on location at sites throughout the city, the program will highlight the biggest events and attractions during the weeklong Star-Spangled 200 celebration. The program will feature a mix of packages and live interviews showcasing the tall ships, Navy gray hulls and historic exhibits that define the celebration.

Star-Spangled Spectacular is the highlight event during the Star-Spangled 200 celebrating the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. Acclaimed actor, musician and author John Lithgow will host alongside platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks. The star-studded show includes performances by a diverse line-up of artists including: Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth; Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge; celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery; Grammy Award-winning country group Little Big Town; a capella sensations Pentatonix; legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; Grammy Award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers; multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning band Train; and the Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

These talented artists will pay tribute to our nation’s ideals in a patriotic program that includes a flag ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument, historical highlights, and an extraordinary fireworks crescendo. Baltimore’s harbor, replete with tall ships and naval vessels will serve as a stunning backdrop for the celebration.

Major corporate support for Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem is provided by AT&T, Papa John’s Pizza, and Constellation Energy. Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Agnes Varis Trust, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, The Starr Foundation, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Harold and Elise Danino Hirshberg, and PBS.   

About MPT

Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  MPT’s six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia.  Frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards, MPT creates local, regional, and national television shows.  Beyond broadcast, MPT’s commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is delivered through year-round instructional events and the super-website Thinkport, which garners in excess of 19 million page views annually.  MPT’s community engagement connects viewers with local resources on significant health, education, and public interest topics through year-round outreach events, viewer forums, program screenings, and phone bank call-in opportunities.