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.

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.

Faculty and Alumni Recognized by Maryland State Arts Council

15365064460_649cdd1abb_zA number of UMBC faculty members and alumni received 2015 Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. The Maryland State Arts Council awards grants to individual artists and non-profit organizations for arts programming, projects, and assistance.

Timothy Nohe, visual arts, was recognized in the non-classical music composition category, while Susan McCully, theatre, and Mark Squirek ’91, history, were honored in the playwriting category. Ben Marcin ’80, economics, and Jaimes Mayhew ’10 M.F.A., imaging and digital arts, received awards in the photography category.

Click here to see the complete list of winners.

The Game of Love and Chance by Pierre de Marivaux, directed by Stephen Nunns (11/20 – 11/23)

game-of-love-and-chanceThe Game of Love and Chance by Pierre de Marivaux, translated & adapted by Stephen Wadsworth, guest directed by Stephen Nunns

The Game of Love and Chance is a wild and wooly girl-meets-boy farce about mistaken identity, true love, class disparities and the thorny business of marriage by French dramatist Pierre de Marivaux. When two aristocratic kids decide to undermine their parents’ plan for an arranged marriage by switching identities with their servants, confusion and madness reigns. By resetting the action as a 1930s screwball comedy, this version of The Game of Love and Chance is as lively and timely as when it was originally staged 300 years ago.

The Game of Love and Chance is directed by Stephen Nunns, an associate professor at Towson University. He was a co founder of the Baltimore-based theatre collective The Acme Corporation and co-directed the company’s 24-hour production of Samuel Beckett’s Play, which won Best Production in the City Paper’s Best of Baltimore for 2013. Before coming to Baltimore, Stephen lived in New York City for fifteen years, directing, writing, and composing music for theatre pieces at a variety of off-off Broadway venues, including HERE, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and the 78th Street Theatre Lab. He was an associate artist at the seminal avant-garde theatre company Mabou Mines, where he created three theatre pieces, including the Obie Award-winning The Boys in the Basement. His book, Acting Up: Free speech, pragmatism, and American performance in the 20th century, was recently published by LFB Scholarly Publishing.

All performances will be held in the Proscenium Theatre, Performing Arts and Humanities Building:
Thursday, November 20, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 21, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 8:00 p.m.
*Sunday, November 23, 2:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. Purchase no-fee tickets at Missiontix.com.

*Matinee performances are free for UMBC students with a UMBC ID. Students may pick up their tickets from the Theatre Department Office Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m, or at the box office beginning at 1 p.m. on the day of the matinee. Limit one ticket per student.

Presented by the Department of Theatre. Click here to view complete information.

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.

Tickets available at MissionTix.com.

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.