"Your Turn" Opening Reception!

Join us on Thursday October 8 from 7pm-9pm for the opening reception of "Your Turn", a play and game themed art exhibition! RSVP on Facebook HERE

Enjoy refreshments provided by CAVA Mezze (http://www.cavamezze.com/), try your hand at some classic games, and catch a special appearance by magician and "Planchette" star, Brian Kehoe!

People have played games for millennia. Play is not only an escape, but also a tool for learning how to live in the world around us. Games help us connect with one another, build skill sets, and most importantly exercise the human imagination. It is through our imaginations that all possibilities can be conceived: alternate universes, creative problem solving, or even to better understand the stranger next door.

Games have been played in the Carroll Mansion since it was built in 1811, but it wasn’t until 1929, when the building became a recreation center, that play became its central focus.

Featured artists: Johan Lowie, Cheng Cao, George Lorio, Roopa Dudley, Chris Fortney, Gary Cuddington, Sanzi Kermes, and Rachelle Terry. 

This is a Free Fall Baltimore event. For more information about Free Fall Baltimore, visit http://www.freefallbaltimore.org/.

PLANCHETTE, an experiential production combining magic, theater and the story of a Baltimore icon, premiering October 2015

PLANCHETTE, an experiential theatre production and collaboration between Baltimore based playwright Annelise Montone and actor/magician Brian M. Kehoe, will premiere in October, 2015 at the historic Carroll Mansion.


Mr. Kehoe plays the role of noted parapsychologist and researcher of the Ouija® Talking Board, Maxwell Fink, who will lead guests through a truly thrilling evening of theater, magic and mystery. Audiences will be among the very first to experience The Fink Method for Contacting the Dead and its tenants of TRUST, COHESION and TRANSMISSION.

Not many realize that the origins of the Ouija® board lie in Baltimore city. PLANCHETTE will explore those origins, beginning with a bitter feud between brothers that may continue even now, even beyond the grave. PLANCHETTE was inspired by turn-of-the-century “phantasmagorical” rituals designed to lift the veil and contact the other side. Be warned, though : when a Door opens, there’s no telling what will come through. When the dead speak, they might be talking to you.

“I approached Annelise last year about creating an interactive stage show that combined my background as an actor and magician with a uniquely Baltimorean story,” says Brian M. Kehoe. “The Ouija® board is something that everyone is familiar with, but most people don’t know was invented here. PLANCHETTE is my attempt to honor this city and all things that are great and weird about it.”

“PLANCHETTE is one of the most interesting collaborations I’ve ever been a part of,” says Annelise Montone, playwright. “It’s not only a glimpse into the history of one of Baltimore’s most famous exports, the board, it’s also an exploration of the psychological components of magic shows and séances. You don’t necessarily have to believe. But we’re going to make you want to believe. And I think that’s thrilling.”

Performances will take place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October 2015. All performances at 8pm. PLANCHETTE will be held at The Carroll Mansion, 800 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21202.

For more information on PLANCHETTE, visit: www.WhenTheDeadSpeak.com.


The deadline for Carroll Museums' upcoming October group show has been extended to September 10. 

For submission details, visit the EXHIBITIONS page.