The Code Switch

Written & directed by Shakill Jamal

July 14-30 at Baltimore Theatre Project


Casanova Records

BALTIMORE, MD - Sisters Freehold is proud to present the world premiere of The Code Switch, written & directed by local artist Shakill Jamal.

“What does it mean to be your most authentic self?” asks the playwright. “Why is it that we can't be that person 100% of the time?”

Jamal’s fast-paced social satire puts the complicated concept of code-switching centerstage. Is it a problem or a necessary tool for survival? A cast of six performers take audiences on a journey from the playground to the animal kingdom, with stops at the workplace and inside language itself. Sometimes cutthroat, occasionally heartfelt, and always unexpected, The Code Switch is intended to open up a conversation about this everyday human behavior.

The artist continues: "Really, even more than getting people to acknowledge code-switching as an odd blip in our evolutionary process, I want people to really ask themselves who they are for real."

Tickets are general admission and priced on a sliding scale: $15-35. Performances are Thursday-Sunday July 14-30 at Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St, Baltimore, MD 21201. A facilitated talkback will follow each performance. Tickets are available now at

The Code Switch, starring Michael Changwe, Hana Clarice, Griffin DeLisle, Sha-Nel Henderson, Jae Jones, and Jess Rivera. Written by Shakill Jamal with additional devising by the cast. Directed by Shakill Jamal, with associate director Kateri and creative consultant Raven Lorraine. Stage Management by Shea Wingpigler.

What does it mean to be authentically ourselves?

Six actors. One infomercial. Hella codeswitching.

The Code Switch, written & directed by Shakill Jamal

Baltimore Theatre Project: 45 West Preston Street 21201
July 14-30, 2023
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm
Tickets: $15-35

Interview & review requests:

July 7, 2023 12:15pm ET by Casanova Records  

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