Unmarked: Stories Told

Unmarked: Stories Told is a collaborative project between Single Carrot Theatre, St. John’s Church, and residents of Waverly and the surrounding communities. Unmarked will commemorate 41 unmarked gravesites of African Americans from the latter half of the 19th century in the cemetery of St. John’s Church in Waverly. Unmarked is working with historian and local resident, Jessica Douglas, to uncover as much historical information as possible about the individuals interred and life for Black Americans during the Reconstruction Era. St. John’s Church will build a commemorative garden to honor the space. Single Carrot Theatre will work with 1-3 local playwrights to create theatrical texts based on this research and community conversations to be performed at the unveiling of the commemorative garden. Unmarked will commemorate the lives of those interred in the cemetery, acknowledge wrongdoings of the past and present with the goal of healing and strengthening community ties today.

We want to hear from you!

Unmarked: Community Conversation

October 23rd 1-2:30pm 

at St John’s Church (3001 Old York Rd)

Refreshments provided!

This outdoor event is for residents of Waverly and surrounding neighborhoods (including Barclay, Abell, Harwood, Greenmount West, Charles Village, etc). Or anyone else interested in this project. We will hold conversations in so that we can 

  • Hear your thoughts and opinions about commemoration plans for the cemetary
  • Talk to the playwrights and historian about the script
  • Learn more about your perspective on the neighborhood and North East Baltimore!

RSVP encouraged, but not required. Contact Tina Canady, Artistic Associate & Community Liaison at tcanady@singlecarrot.com 

If you are interested in hosting a community conversation or receiving updates about the project please contact Tina Canady tcanady@singlecarrot.com 

Funding for this project is provided by the Baltimore National Heritage Area and the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund


Applications Due Oct 3rd!

Single Carrot Theatre is currently seeking dynamic and collaborative playwrights to create one act plays for Unmarked. This project is specifically geared toward building connections between historical research of the gravesites and the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and cultivating a relationship to history and place  for neighborhood residents. 

Playwrights will receive a commission fee of $1,000. 

More Info: (Please read before completing application)

  • Applications will close on October 3, 2021. Notification will be no later than Oct 20th. 1-3 playwrights will be selected for the project.
  • Playwrights will create a one-act play not to exceed 45 minutes. There may be casting or thematic guidelines that playwrights will be asked to work within. 
  • Playwrights do not have to be currently based in Baltimore, however they should have a connection to Baltimore and ability to travel to Baltimore for in person activities. (travel reimbursement available)
  • Selected playwrights will collaborate with Single Carrot Theatre, St. John’s Church, Historian Jessica Douglas and residents of Waverly and surrounding neighborhoods to inform the creation of their theatrical pieces. 
  • The first community conversation will be held on October 23, 2021 from 1-2:20pm. Selected playwrights are required to attend this event. 
  • There will be up to 3 additional community conversations that playwrights will be required to attend on Saturdays or weekend evenings (dates and times TBD, will work with playwrights’ schedules).
  • Playwrights will be expected to workshop plays and participate in a development process including readings with feedback sessions, discussions with director and creative team, attending rehearsals. 
  • Project Timeline

Fall/Winter 2021, Single Carrot and St. John’s Church will host community conversations  to discuss what the community would like to see out of a theatrical piece and the commemorative garden. 

Winter/Spring 2022 Single Carrot with playwright will create and rehearse theatrical piece to present at the commemorative garden unveiling. 

Summer 2022 Commemorative garden unveiling with performances by Single Carrot Theatre. 

  • This project specifically is about Black history in Baltimore during the Civil War and Restoration Era and current residents of the area around St. John’s Church. Black playwrights are especially encouraged to apply. Others are encouraged to use discretion when considering applying. 


Questions about applying or technical troubleshooting? Contact Tina Canady tcanady@singlecarrot.com