BALTIMORE — For an artist from another land, Kwame Kwei-Armah is sure making himself comfortable here quickly.
Just a few short months after arriving from London and taking over as artistic director of this city’s flagship theater, Centerstage, the British-born artistic director has announced that his first full season of plays will include one by himself — a piece posing a direct challenge to the racial portraiture of last year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, “Clybourne Park.”
In the insular and collegial-but-touchy world of American theater, his decision to stage both “Clybourne Park” and his as-yet-unwritten response play, “Beneatha’s Place,” is most assuredly not the norm. But the garrulous, opinionated, 45-year-old Kwei-Armah seems unwilling to let all of his passions take a back seat to his regard for artistic diplomacy. He was genuinely disturbed by aspects of “Clybourne,” playwright Bruce Norris’s examination of the way things evolve and remain the same over time in a racially changing Chicago neighborhood, modeled on the setting of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”