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BlackRock Teases 2018 Season with Lineup of Pre-Season Performances

Prior to announcing its anticipated 2018-2019 Season, BlackRock Center for the Arts unveils its 2018 pre-season performances.

The pre-season lineup will open on Thursday, September 13 with a musical theater production of “Always, Patsy Cline” presented by the Free Range Humans. This melodious and memorable tribute to Patsy Cline’s rise to legendary stardom is told through the eyes of her biggest fan, Louise Seger. This heartfelt review tells the story of the country music legend’s unlikely friendship with Seger, cemented by years of letter-writing. Featuring a wealth of Cline’s beloved hits such as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Crazy.”

Free Range Humans produces story-driven immersive entertainment, from site-specific theater to virtual reality and are members of BlackRock's Creative Consortium.

“Authentic communities flourish by nurturing its own creative landscape. That’s why we are committed to supporting and collaborating with our regional cultural organizations,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts. “Free Range Humans encompasses all the qualities we are looking for in our Consortium members including enormous talent and a devotion to their art form, in this case, contemporary musical theater. We are thrilled that they are the first production of the season.”

Part of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation On Screen/In Person Independent Film Touring Program, BlackRock will present an award-winning feature-length documentary “Break the Chain” by Laura E. Swanson on Sunday, September 16 at 6:00 pm. The film addresses the often "hidden-in-plain-sight" issue of human trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States. As it chronicles two survivors, the film provides a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards. Nearly 20 interviews with researchers, Senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists accompany the stories from the survivors, raising awareness for this global issue.

The viewing will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Swanson. “Bringing thought provoking topical programming is critical to the direction of the center,” said Brad Watkins, BlackRock’s Programming Director. “We invite and encourage our diverse community to participate in this important dialogue.”

For music fans, especially jazz aficionados, BlackRock presents Keyon Harrold, a Grammy Award winning talent, who Wynton Marsalis proclaimed as “the future of the trumpet,” and Rolling Stone cited as “10 New Artists You Need To Know Now.” Harrold will take the stage on Friday, September 28, at 8:00 pm as part of BlackRock’s new Friday Night Series. Harrold is known for pushing musical boundaries through his compositions and improvisational style and pulls elements of jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, blues and hip-hop, into his music.

Patrons are encouraged to bring BYOF (Bring Your Own Feast) to Friday Night Series, which could include take out from an enormous array of Germantown restaurants or their picnic basket of their own munchies.

Tickets to all of the Pre-Season Performances are available at the BlackRock website.


Becoming a BlackRock members offers patrons enormous benefits and privileges. In addition being the first to select subscriptions and favorite seats in our limited capacity theaters prior to tickets going on sale to the general public, our members also receive great discounts and exclusive access to private Members’ Lounge, featuring complimentary hors d'oeuvre and refreshments, as they mingle with like-minded art lovers in our BlackRock Family. Membership fees are scheduled to increase on September. For best deals now, visit BlackRock’s Membership Page.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes in the arts are offered for all ages.

2018 Pre-Season Lineup

ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE - Free Range Humans (Musical Theater)

September 13 – September 16, 2018

Thursday at 7:30 pm

Friday at 8:00 pm

Saturday at 8:00 pm

Sunday at 3:00 pm

Tickets: $25 – 45


Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 6:00 pm

Tickets: $10

Keyon Harrold (Jazz)

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Tickets: $25-45


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PARKING IS FREE & RIDE ON OFFERS 15-MINUTE EXPRESS BUS SERVICE FROM SHADY GROVE METRO (RED LINE): BlackRock Center for the Arts is centrally located in the heart of Germantown, next to the Germantown Branch Montgomery County Public Library, at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to our building. Ride Metrorail to Shady Grove Station (Red Line) and transfer to Ride On Bus Route 100 (15-minute Express Bus Service from Metro Shady Grove Station to the Germantown Transit Center on Aircraft Drive). From GTC, walk four blocks following Century Boulevard to our front door, or transfer to Ride On Bus Route 97 which stops in front of BlackRock. Check schedules by calling 240-777-7433 or visiting: www.rideonbus.com and www.metroopensdoors.com

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