CCBC presents Barbecue by Robert O’Hara Nov. 17 - 21 at CCBC Essex

Nov 07, 2022 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

Community College of Baltimore County Performing Arts presents Barbecue by Robert O’Hara Nov. 17 – 21, 2022. All performances will be held at the Robert and Eleanor Romadka College Center, F. Scott Black Theatre at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard.

Barbecue centers around the O'Mallerys, a dysfunctional group of siblings who come together for a park barbecue in order to stage an emergency intervention for their sister Barbara, whose drug habit has gotten out of hand. However, there are in fact two O'Mallery families, one white and one Black. Each appear in different, yet similar scenes that juxtapose to create a dialogue about racial and family politics.

Performance times include:
• 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17
• 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 18, 19
• 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 (American Sign Language interpreted)
• 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21

CCBC’s production of Barbecue is directed by CCBC Essex Theatre coordinator Julie Lewis, with scenic and lighting design by Terri Raulie and costumes by Jessica Rassp. The stage manager is Anna Tsakalas.

Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 students, seniors, CCBC faculty and staff; and free for currently enrolled CCBC students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-ARTS (2787), online at or at the door one hour prior to the performances.

[Content warning: Barbecue deals with characters struggling with drug addiction, and therefore contains extensive drug references and simulated drug usage, smoking. In addition, it contains mature language and simulated tasering.]


About the Community College of Baltimore County (
Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 50,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction, and transportation. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2021 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

Tags: Performing Arts, Theatre, Academic theatre, Mainstage