Safe Space

By R. Eric Thomas
Directed by Ben Kleymeyer

January 31 – February 23, 2020
Performed at the Clifton Mansion

Unlocking the past can be a dangerous thing.

The past comes back to haunt in more ways than one, in this Clue!-inspired farce from award-winning playwright and internet juggernaut R. Eric Thomas (Elle, New York Times). When white non-profit executive Helen discovers a locked door in the definitely-not-a-former-plantation she’s inherited, black locksmith Courtney comes to her rescue, and that’s where the trouble begins. Add to the mix Charlotte, the ghost of a formerly enslaved person, and Ryan, Helen’s MAGA-loving brother, and contention in the house is about to boil over. When the door is opened spilling forth dangerous secrets, who you gonna call?

Click here to visit our Plan Your Visit page to learn more about the space and directions to the venue.

Community Efforts

SCT has partnered with Civic Works for its production of Safe Space. Clifton Mansion, the location of this production, is home to Civic Works, Baltimore’s service corps and an AmeriCorps program. Our mission is to strengthen Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works’ AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor students, create community gardens and green spaces, help homeowners conserve energy, grow food for low-income residents, make homes safer for older adults, and recruit volunteers. Civic Works also trains Baltimore residents for careers in the construction and green job industries. For more information, please visit

Clifton Mansion

The Clifton Mansion, best known as Johns Hopkins’ Italianate Country Estate, hides within it the Georgian Mansion of Captain Henry Thompson. Hear how the Mansion tells the story of Baltimore and the people who shaped it by their service from the War of 1812 to our current day. Enjoy the most recent restoration efforts showcasing Victorian decorative styles from 1852.

Take a Tour of Clifton Mansion before or after the show! 

Click one of the dates below for $5 tickets.

Sunday, February 9 at 1:45pm*

Sunday, February 16 at 4:45pm

Sunday, February 23 at 4:45pm

*This Tour is free for Experience Pass Holders! (Email or call 443-844-9253 to reserve.)

We’ve scheduled a series of post-show discussions throughout the run of Safe Space to carry the themes of the play into conversations after and more deeply connect them to life in Baltimore. Please, stay after the play or join for just the conversations!

  • Thursday, February 13 at 9:50 pm: Racial Equity in the Nonprofit World led by a representative from Baltimore Corps
  • Friday, February 21 at 9:50: Race and Casting, a panel discussion with representatives from Single Carrot Theatre, Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, ArtsCentric, and Center Stage
  • Saturday, February 22 at 4:50 and 9:50 and Sunday, February 23 at 4:50: Discussions about race in Baltimore & America, facilitated by Dena Robinson & Tia Price

Dena Robinson is a queer, Jewish, first-generation Black woman. She serves as the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow at the Public Justice Center and as a Video Team teacher and DEI Facilitator at Wide Angle Youth Media. In Fall 2020, Dena will join the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division as a Trial Attorney through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.

Dena graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law, with a certificate in health care law. She has over 10 years of experience in community organizing in the areas of race equity, education, and campus sexual assault. Before law school, Dena was an ESOL Educator and community organizer. She has built her career working at the intersections of race, gender, trauma, poverty, and education and spent several years in high school and college organizing around school lunch, HIV/AIDs healthcare access, and campus sexual assault. Dena also holds an M.S.Ed. from The Johns Hopkins University.  Her DEI Facilitation work spans the corporate and non-profit sectors where she has facilitated conversations for companies like Netflix as well as non-profit boards, staff, students, and community members.

Tia Price is a mixed-race Black, queer, community arts educator. She has over 10 years of teaching experience and currently serves as Director of Programs for Wide Angle Youth Media. Although Price’s formal education was in Opera performance, since graduation from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, she has spent her time working to engage arts institutions in courageous conversations around race and arts access. She has received many awards for her artistry and community efforts, including The Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity in 2018, an award acknowledging her outstanding contributions to facilitate and create culturally diverse involvement in community media.