Gum by Karen Hartman (3/27-30)

t7lTWblMGdpsKoNOB-Nv0UF6j17K2IErzh9OL8kZLz8Gum, a production written by Karen Hartman, opens this Thursday, March 27 under the direction of Eve Muson, theatre, and will continue on through Sunday, March 30. Performances will take place in the Black Box Theatre.

In a futuristic dystopia where girls may not venture outside their garden walls, two sisters seek escape in music and poetry–and in black-market chewing gum, which is believed to undermine the virtue of traditional girls.  When the older sister rebels against an arranged marriage, her family takes steps to curtail her freedom forever.  With mounting terror, Gum depicts the consequences of sexual awakening in a fiercely repressive culture where Juicy Fruit is contraband and every desire has its price. This production is for mature audiences.

Thursday, March 27 | 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 28 | 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 | 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 | 8:00 p.m. (Followed by a discussion with playwright, Karen Hartman)
Sunday, March 30 | 2:00 p.m. (Followed by a panel discussion)

The Sunday, March 30 panel following this performance, will focus on modesty, and the social and religious practices of veiling the body. Speakers include Anne Brodsky, Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women Studies; Vicki Goutzoulis ’15; Deanna Zare ’14; Benjamin Nabinger ’16; and Amalia Marks ’13. Moderated by Sameera Mukhtar ’15.

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Faculty, PAHB in Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun’s special education supplement last month featured William D’Eugenio ’14, theatre, and Nyalls Hartman, theatre, as they discussed the features of the Black Box Theatre and the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre.

D’Eugenio spoke about the influence the new facilities had in his decision to apply to UMBC and become a part of the theatre design and production program, saying that “they are built to the standards of today and offer a real broadway style experience. Working with lighting systems that are being used in professional theaters gives me an advantage when applying for jobs.”

Read more of the article, “More than Just Performing: Music, Theatre Students Learn Diverse Skills”

Kid-Simple: A Radio Play in The Flesh (11/21-24)

postcard_frontKid-Simple: A Radio Play in The Flesh, written by Jordan Harrison, directed by guest artist, Michele Minnick opens this Thursday, November 21 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, and will continue through Sunday, November 24.

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“After Moll, girl genius, invents a machine for hearing sounds that cannot be heard, she wins the science fair, and unknowingly lets her heart — and her machine, “The Third Ear” — be stolen by an evil shape-shifting mercenary. In this quirky, thrilling, live-performance radio play, Moll teams up with Oliver, the last boy virgin in the 11th grade, and heads off on a life-threatening adventure to rescue her invention and save sound as we know it!”

Thursday, November 21 | 8 p.m.
Friday, November 22 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 | 2 p.m & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Noveber 24 | 2 p.m.

More information available at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Production by Alan Kreizenbeck, Theatre, at David Mikow Art Gallery

comfort/drones, an original production by Alan Kreizenbeck, theatre, will open in the David Mikow Art Gallery, Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. The play, based on the writings of Wallace Shawn, is embedded with questions about morality. It is the first play to take place in the David Mikow Art Gallery, operated by Carolyn Forestiere, political science, and Asher Mikow. A group discussion will follow the performance.

Performances will take place Friday and Sunday, November 17 and 19, and Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, at 7pm each evening.

The David Mikow Art Gallery is located at 1002 Vineyard Hill Road, Catonsville, MD 21228. Learn more and reserve tickets at the gallery’s website.

Production by Susan McCully, Theatre, Reviewed by NY Theatre

McCully in Inexcusable Fantasies

McCully in Inexcusable Fantasies

The Fringe NYC performances of Inexcusable Fantasies – written by Susan McCully, theatre, and directed by Eve Muson, theatre — received praise in a review released last week.

Read the article here: “Inexcusable Fantasies”

The review of the “masterfully-written two-woman piece,” written by Andrew Rothkin, details the comedy as an honest, intelligent coming-of-age story that invites the viewer into McCully’s “baring [of] her very soul.” Rothkin says, “I was awed by McCully’s wordsmithery, her intricately woven stream of words whose meanings and allusions seemed three steps ahead of me.”

He also commends the acting and chemistry of both McCully and Rachel Hirshorn ’04, theatre, as incredibly solid performance, and says that the “beautiful” staging by Muson “highlight[ed] the theatrical as much as the real, the touching as much as the funny.”


Fringe NYC Production Featuring Theatre Faculty in The Villager

SusanInexcusable Fantasies, written by Susan McCully, theatre, directed by Eve Muson, theatre, and starring McCully and Rachel Hirshorn ’04, theatre, has been selected as one of The Villager‘s featured Fringe NYC productions, in the article “They came from the Academic Milieu”

The production, has been performed at a number of venues, including the Prague Film Festival in 2012, the Strand Theatre Company this year and various other international festivals since 2004, and will be a part of this year’s New York City International Fringe Festival, Fringe NYC, program Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24.

Learn more about the production at; find time and ticketing information at Fringe NYC’s website.


Production by Susan McCully, Theatre, at Fringe NYC

SusanInexcusable Fantasies, written by Susan McCully, theatre, and directed by Eve Muson, theatre, will be part of this year’s New York City International Fringe Festival, Fringe NYC, program. Performances will take place Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24.

About Inexcusable Fantasies (

“Martha Stewart, motorcycles, and Grandma’s Oil of Olay jar. What do they have in common? They are just a few of the often hilarious obsessions Susan McCully visits in Inexcusable Fantasies a show about sexual politics, lust ‘over forty, cloning, eye replacement surgery, and the unmistakably erotic powers of Martha Stewart’s marzipan.”

The production, starring Susan McCully and Rachel Hirshorn ’04, theatre, has been performed at a number of venues, including the Prague Film Festival in 2012, the Strand Theatre Company this year and various other international festivals since 2004. It’s been considered by critics as a comedy with incredible “subtlety”, “intelligence” and “verve,” and that “what makes the script so poignantly hysterical is the idea that the obsessions, the irrational emotions, the painful awkwardness—while hugely hyperbolic—speak to experiences we’ve all shared.”

Learn more about the production at; find time and ticketing information at Fringe NYC’s website.

Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona (4/18-21 and 4/25-27)

twogents_Postcard_FRONTThe Department of Theatre is pleased to present the first production in the PAHB Theatre, Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed and adapted by Eve Muson, beginning Thursday, April 18.

When Valentine and Proteus leave Verona to seek their fortunes in Milan, their boyhood friendship turns to rivalry when they both fall in love with the same girl. Proteus sets out to betray both his best friend and hometown sweetheart, only to find that the ladies in his life have a thing or two to teach him about loyalty and love. Quick-witted servants, bawdy outlaws and a faithful canine companion make this one of Shakespeare’s most lighthearted comedies.

Set in imagined renaissance Italy, this production melds past and present, transcends time and blends music and dance. A visual mash-up of time periods, the play explores what happens when the bonds of friendship and fidelity are put to the test.

A free performance for the UMBC community will take place this Thursday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m., all other showings are open to the public:
Friday, April 19, 8 pm
Saturday, April 20, 8 pm
Sunday, April 21, 2 pm (talkback following the performance)
Thursday, April 25, 8 pm
Friday, April 26, 8 pm
Saturday, April 27, 8 pm

Find additional information, including ticketing at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Race and Shakespearean Performance (4/17)

ayanna_thompson_2On Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, the Humanities Forum will present “Race and Shakespearean Performance” with Ayanna Thompson, associate dean of the faculty and professor of English at Arizona State University.

What does it mean to cast Shakespeare in a nontraditional way? How is Shakespeare’s universalism constructed within explicit discussions and debates about racial identity? And, do the answers to these questions impact our understanding of authorship, authority, and authenticity? This talk will examine the ways Shakespeare, race, and performance intersect on the twenty-first century stage.

Ayanna Thompson is Associate Dean of Faculty in the College of  Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Arizona State  University. She specializes in Renaissance drama and focuses on issues  of race and performance. She is the author of two books: Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary  America (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage  (Routledge, 2008), and the editor of two books: Weyward Macbeth:Intersections of Race and Performance (Palgrave  Macmillan, 2010) (co-edited with Scott Newstok) and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance  (Routledge, 2006).

This event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities with support from the Department of English and the Theater Department