Video: Shakespeare Sonnets Recited in More Than 30 Languages at UMBC

On April 23, 2014, UMBC students, faculty and staff recited Shakespeare sonnets in more than 30 languages. The event was held to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and UMBC’s diverse voices. It took place at the end of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD), and it was sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Office of Undergraduate Education and the English and Theatre Departments. The above video is a sample of some of the readings.

Catalyst with Presenters Colette Searls, Theatre, and Lynn Tomlinson, Visual Arts (5/8)

Crab_Bluefloor_Tan_Water_ArmymanJoin us for CIRCA’s final Catalyst lecture of the semester, Thursday, May 8 from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. with presenters Colette Searls, theatre, and Lynn Tomlinson, visual arts. This discussion will take place in the Dresher Center Conference Room, PAHB 216.

Department of Theater Associate Professor Colette Searls and independent animator Lynn Tomlinson will present their collaborative research uniting Searls’ work in live performance puppetry with Tomlinson’s painterly clay-on-glass animation. The team is working with UMBC’s Imaging Research Center to create a prototype app that animates characters directly through an iPad touch-screen interface. Their prototype digital puppet will be used as a tool to create a short film about a crab that collects sea trash entitled “Hoarder Crab.”

Learn more about this event at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Criminals in Love (5/1-5/4)

artscalblog_360px_72dpiJoin us for Criminals in Love, a twisted comedy by George F. Walker about two teenagers in love, desperately trying to avoid going in the family business—crime!; directed by Colette Searls.

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An edgy modern award-winning comedy by Canada’s most acclaimed playwright, George Walker, Criminals in Love is lighthearted in its absurdity, yet sweetly tragic at heart. For Junior and Gail money is tight, jobs are scarce, and Junior’s dad, an inept crook serving time for—well, stupidity, blackmails him into the family business. The harder the young couple strives to resist the criminal path, the weirder things get — Gail’s best friend try’s prostitution as an experimental line of work, a middle-aged homeless sage-of-odd-sorts attaches himself to Junior and worst of all Junior’s mysterious ‘former earth-mother gone to seed’ Aunt, lures the whole group into a vortex of ever stranger and more bazaar criminal schemes. Suggested for ages 16+

Thursday, May 1 | 8:00 p.m. (Followed by an opening night reception.)
Friday, May 2 | 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 | 2:00 p.m.

More information available at our Arts & Culture Calendar.

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.

Purchase tickets at, or learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

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.