CenterStage presents new works and the classics in its two theaters housed in an old college building in Mount Vernon. Playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, CenterStage's current artistic director, shook things up in his first season with the Raisin Cycle, a series of three plays inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun, followed by a season of comedies. CenterStage has staged the works of many great American playwrights from August Wilson to Paula Vogel while continuing to produce classics of Shakespeare and Coward. CenterStage offers "Kickin' in with the 'Rents'" so families can share a night out at the theater, and "Nights Out" for its gay and lesbian fans. Light fare is available on the mezzanine level before performances.