Voracious by Susan McCully (11/19 – 11/22)

voracious01-1000The Department of Theatre presents Voracious by Susan McCully, directed by Nyalls Hartman, running from November 19 through 22 in the Proscenium Theatre in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

Obsessed with getting a 4-star review for his restaurant, Chez Rachel, Chef Jean-Jacques spies Suzanne Falmagne, the impossible-to-please restaurant critic, ordering in the dining room and snaps the staff into action. Mistakenly, the woman is actually Joanie, an amateur critic pretending to be the infamous Suzanne. Meanwhile, at the bar sits Ceely a “vegetarian” with a troubling, voracious appetite for Jean- Jacques and his blood sausage. As Joanie’s long-suffering boyfriend, Lawrence, begs for her attention, the real Suzanne storms in. Intrigue and chaos ensue while the stalwart waitress, Louise, and the rest of the quirky staff, struggle to keep the pace and the peace. All ends happily in this farce about the quest for perfection and finding one’s own pleasure as Suzanne falls for Joanie, Lawrence for Louise and Ceely joyfully discovers Jean-Jacques’ true identity.

Thursday, November 19, 8 pm
Friday, November 20, 8 pm
Saturday, November 21, 8 pm
Sunday, November 22, 2 pm

$15 general admission, $10 students and seniors, with tickets available at Missiontix.com. Complete information is available on the Arts and Culture Calendar here.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company (11/13)

MBB - Happy HourThe Department of Dance presents Monica Bill Barnes & Company in Happy Hour, a modern dance performance framed within a familiar feeling party. Performances will be held in the Dance Cube in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building on Friday, November 13 at 4 pm and 7 pm.

Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass trade their signature sequins and feather headdresses for a pair of everyday men’s suits. Framed by the casual aesthetics of cocktail parties and the inherent failure of karaoke nights, they are two female performers playing the most familiar male characters.

$15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. Tickets are available through MissionTix. Complete information is available on the Arts and Culture Calendar here.

Photo: Mallory Lynn.

They Fight with Cameras Exhibition — Public Programs (11/11)

TTWC.FRENCH KIDDIESIn conjunction with the exhibition They Fight With Cameras: Walter Rosenblum in WWII from D-Day to Dachau, the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents public programs on Wednesday, November 11. A 12 pm film screening of Walter Rosenblum: In Search of Pitt Street will be followed at 6 pm by a talk given by Nina Rosenblum, film producer for Deadalus Productions, Inc.

Admission is free. Complete information is available on the Arts and Culture Calendar here.

Rahilia Hasanova Retrospective: Space of Sounds (11/8)

hasanova1The Department of Music presents a retrospective of the works of Azerbaijani composer Rahilia Hasanova, featuring four chamber works and two solo works spanning the composer’s output from 1994 to 2012, performed by Lisa Cella, flute; Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet; Airi Yoshioka, violin; Dorotea Racz, cello; and Dmitry Samogray and Ina Mirtcheva, piano.

Works featured on the retrospective include:
• Gaval Dash for piano and cello
• Dance of Fire for solo violin
• Zarra for flute, clarinet, and piano
• Pulse for clarinet, violin, and piano
• Agog for solo clarinet
• Nuva for violin, cello, and piano

The concert will be presented on Sunday, November 8 at 3 pm in the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall. Admission: $15 general, $10 seniors, $5 students. Complete information is available on the Arts and Culture Calendar here.

CIRCA Catalyst Presents Lynn Cazabon (10/26)

cazabon_baltic_01Presented by the Catalyst series of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) on Monday, October 26 at 12 p.m. in the Dresher Center Conference Room (216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building), associate professor of Visual Arts Lynn Cazabon will discuss in-progress projects centered on the Baltic Sea, produced during her time as a Fulbright Scholar in Liepāja, Latvia earlier this year. Her work there focuses on the intimate and complex interconnection between the natural environment and the people who live within it and resulted in a series of portraits of Liepāja residents set against the Baltic Sea and displayed with a quote from each participant about the role the sea plays in their lives. A second series of works focuses on the Baltic Sea itself and the aftermath of military operations that have occurred there. Professor Cazabon will also speak generally about her experiences living and teaching in a foreign country in the New Media Program at Liepāja University.

Click here for complete information.

Agnes of God (10/22 – 10/25)

agnesofgod01-800From October 22 through 25, the Department of Theatre presents Agnes of God by John Pielmeier, directed by Stephen Nunns. The New York Times described the drama as an “outstanding play [that]…deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology.”

Summoned to a covent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determindly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone’s suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.

Performances will be presented in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. For complete information, including performance times, click here.

Livewire 6: Poetry of Song, Music of Words (10/22 – 10/24)

LIVEWIRE6_v2In its sixth season, the Department of Music’s Livewire contemporary music festival (Thursday, October 22 through Saturday, October 24) explores the connection between words and music. How have poetry and literature influenced the development and trajectory of contemporary music movement? What are some writings that have inspired individual composers? How does poetry exist in music that doesn’t have words?

The festival features music by UMBC faculty Linda Dusman, Janice Macaulay, David Revill, Anna Rubin; and other works by Luciano Berio, Thomas DeLio, Robert Erickson, Jessica Krash, Ingram Marshall, Scott McAllister, Robert Myers, Koka Nikoladze, Ronald Pearl, Arnold Schoenberg, Elliott Schwartz, Laura Schwendinger, Harry Somers, Hilary Tann, and Martin Voorvelt.

Featured performers and lecturers including Patricia Green (resident artist); UMBC faculty Audrey Andrist, Matt Belzer, Lisa Cella, Patrick Crossland, Zane Forshee, Tom Goldstein, Gita Ladd, Jason Love, E. Michael Richards, Kazuko Tanosaki, Christian Tremblay, and Airi Yoshioka; UMBC alumni John Dierker, Elizabeth Milligan, Michelle Purdy, and Will Redman; and John Gingerich, P. Inman, and Marc Miller.

Highlights of the three evenings and two days of performances, lectures and other events include:

Thursday, 10/22
8 pm, Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Ruckus Ensemble: Beyond Pierrot

Friday, 10/23
7 pm, Music Box
Microkingdom’s Definitive Infinite Divinity

Saturday, 10/24
8 pm, Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Patricia Green, soprano

Click here for a complete schedule of events.