Thursday, January 29, 2015

“ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI” @ CENTERSTAGE IS A KNOCKOUT!

The critics have spoken, and One Night in Miami… is a champion!

“Great theater hits you hard and in many places. That's exactly what you get from the powers of this play and its realization at Center Stage—great theater” The Baltimore Sun

“Exhilarating.” –DC Theatre Scene

“An engaging, thought-provoking, fly-on-the-wall view of four fascinating figures.” DC Metro Theater Arts

“Director Kwame Kwei-Armah… superbly helms Powers’ compelling work.”OutLoud

“Mr. Kingsberry delivered in show-stopping fashion with a spot-on take on Cooke’s sensual voice.” MD Theatre Guide

“[A] riveting play…  Keenly directed.” –Baltimore Post-Examiner

“A crackling good time.” –DC Theatre Scene

Read Mark Anthony Neal’s article on The Root!

This “timely-themed and transformational” (DC Metro Theater Arts) look at the night Cassius Clay celebrated his World Heavyweight Championship Victory in 1964 with friends Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, and Malcolm X is only at Center Stage for 10 more days!

Call the Box Office today at 410.332.0033 or click below to purchase tickets before the show checks out on Feb 8.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER RECEIVES RECORD-BREAKING 17 HELEN HAYES AWARD NOMINATIONS!

 

The Nominations Are In!

Clockwise from top: HOW TO SUCCEED... , COLOSSAL, I AND YOU. (Photos: Stan Barouh)

Olney Theatre Center received 17 Helen Hayes Awards Nominations for the 2014 Season:

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical, Hayes Production: George Dvorsky - How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; Lawrence Redmond - How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical, Hayes Production:
    Sherri L. Edelen - How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, Hayes Production: Sam Ludwig - How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, Hayes Production:
    Joseph Carlson – Colossal
  • Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical, Hayes Production: How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, Hayes Production: Colossal
  • Outstanding Sound Design, Hayes Production: Christopher Baine – Colossal
  • Outstanding Lighting Design, Hayes Production: Colin K. Bills – Colossal
  • Outstanding Choreography in a Play, Hayes Production: Ben Cunis (Fight & Movement Choreographer) and Christopher D'Amboise (Choreographer) – Colossal
  • Outstanding Musical Direction, Hayes Production: Christopher Youstra - How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Outstanding Director of a Musical, Hayes Production: Jason Loewith - How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Outstanding Director of a Play, Hayes Production: Will Davis – Colossal
  • The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical: Andrew Hinderaker – Colossal; Lauren Gunderson - I And You
  • Outstanding Musical, Hayes Production: How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Outstanding Play, Hayes Production: Colossal

Congratulations to our Artistic Associates who were nominated for their fantastic work at other area theaters:

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical, Hayes Production: Bobby Smith - The Threepenny Opera at Signature Theatre
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical, Hayes Production: Donna Migliaccio - Sunday in the Park with George at Signature Theatre
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play, Hayes Production: Susan Lynskey - The BFG at Imagination Stage
  • The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, Hayes Production: Rick Foucheux - Freud's Last Session at Theater J
  • Outstanding Lighting Design, Helen Production: Colin K. Bills - Twelfth Night at Synetic Theater
  • Outstanding Lighting Design, Hayes Production: Colin K. Bills - The Totalitarians at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
  • Outstanding Set Design, Hayes Production: Misha Kachman - Marie Antoinette at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
  • Outstanding Choreography in a Musical, Helen Production: Michael J. Bobbitt - Miss Nelson is Missing at Adventure Theatre-MTC

Also, congratuations to our Resident Carpenter, James (Joey) Caverly, for his nomination for The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, Hayes Production, for Tribes at Studio Theatre.

The 31th Annual Helen Hayes Awards will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015.

For more information about the Helen Hayes Awards and a full list of nominees, click here.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION (link on graphic will not work)

EXPERIMENTAL IMPROVISED MUSIC OPEN WORKSHOP @ THE RED ROOM THIS SUNDAY

Why stay home and watch some contest between brutes and a half-time show with some teenie-bopper howling into a microphone when you could come to the Red Room and make music together?!

clip_image001THE VOLUNTEERS’ COLLECTIVE OPEN WORKSHOP

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 1, 7 PM
WHERE:
Red Room, inside Normals Books and Records, 425 E. 31st Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free

A workshop for anyone interested in playing experimental improvised music in an uninhibited, non-competitive, focused-on-the-work environment. Players who have often never met come together and try to make interesting "never heard before" music in a real-time environment. It involves as much or more listening as playing, and is a great chance to hone one's improvising skills/approach. It is also a social chance to meet and connect with other players.

The Volunteer's Collective (Previously "The Volunteer's Collective's Crap Shoot at The Red Room") has been running more or less continuously since The Red Room opened in 1996. Thousands of musicians have passed through it, including many notable ones.

Bring your instruments, extension cords, amplification, ears, etc.

As always, this workshop is free as in moolah and free as in improv.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

“SWANTACULAR” TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BALTIMORE ROCK OPERA SOCIETY

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WHEN: Saturday, January 31, at 7:00 PM - 12:30 AM
WHERE:
Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore
ADMISSION:  FULL SWANK: $50, 7 PM – 12:30 AM (Includes open bar); BRODOWN ONLY: $10, 10 PM – 12:30 AM  (Cash bar and wacky BROS antics guaranteed!)
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TIX
"Formal" attire encouraged for the night. Wear something glamorous, ridiculous, or outlandish. Or all of the above!

 

CLICK HERE FOR FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The BROS Swanktacular is the premier party for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society's 2015 fundraiser campaign: the Campaign for Cash.

Baltimore Rock Opera SocietyAfter holding successful campaigns in 2011 and 2013 we are ready to show off everything we've accomplished in the past two years and tell you about our crazy new plans for the future. To kick off this event in the traditional BROS style, we are throwing an epic two-part party: one part classy, one part rock n' roll—all swank!

Your support will help keep the Baltimore Rock Opera Society the most exciting and innovative community-powered arts organization for the next 7,000 years.

Friday, January 16, 2015

JANUARY OPENINGS @ SCHOOL 33 ART CENTER

School 33 Art Center

On opening night,
Sometimes A Great Notion artist Neil Feather,
2014 Sondheim Prize winner,
performs live in the School 33 Main Gallery with
three brand new roto-zither sound sculptures
For more information, visit school33.org.

THE BALTIMORE SHAKESPEARE FACTORY SEEKS ACTORS FOR TOUCHSTONE PLAYERS & SUMMER SHOWS

Dear Shakespeare Lover,
We've got two big opportunities for actors and students coming up fast - including a deadline for our Touchstone Players and the February auditions for our summer shows. If you know anybody who might be interested—friends, family, neighbors—feel free to forward this to them.

CALLING 8TH-12TH GRADERS

This winter we're inviting a small group of 8th-12th graders to rehearse and stage one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, "Twelfth Night." Space is limited to the first 15 students, so please register today! This rollicking comedy of mistaken identities is one of our favorites, and we're sure these young actors will have a blast putting it on too. Rehearsals begin February 2, and the performance is Friday, March 6. Click here for more information and to register now. 

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” ~ Twelfth Night (2.5)

FEBRUARY AUDITIONS FOR OUR SUMMER SHOWS
We're holding open auditions on February 8th and 9th for our 2015 summer season. The shows are "As You Like It" and "Henry IV, Part One." Please register in advance for an audition slot.
Click here for all the audition information.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC @ THE RED ROOM THIS SATURDAY

Could we be more pleased to welcome back Red Room stalwart

BHOB RAINEY 
performing a new multichannel electronic piece

BEN “LUMINOUS ALL” KUDLER opens

Sounds above you, sounds behind you, sounds your ears make, sound under your brain etc. ALL SOUNDS WILL BE HEARD this fateful Saturday night.

WHEN: Saturday, January 17; Doors at 8:30, show at 9 PM
WHERE:
Red Room, 425 E 31st Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: $6

"Bhob Rainey will perform a live diffusion of the full, 60-minute version of Axon Ladder, a quadrophonic piece developed by Rainey (Nmperign, The BSC) and Chris Cooper (Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase, Fat Worm of Error, etc.) over the past two years. The composers embraced their love for sci-fi / horror, utilizing utopian and dystopian genre concepts as generative material – namely, machine learning and artificial life. The striking poetic qualities of these algorithmic techniques in operation reveal music that is teeming with activity – complex, dense, playful, terrifying. Axon Ladder is a highly immersive experience with immense energy and emotional content that somehow manages to elude crass spectacularization – within all these layers of noise, there is warm silence."

https://soundcloud.com/bhob-rainey

Thursday, January 15, 2015

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

  • Rare Diaries of Civil War-Era African Americans
  • A Special Discussion with African American Historians
  • Other Events: Documentary Screenings, Children’s Programs and Museum Open House
  • All events to be held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum presents thought-provoking events celebrating Black History Month spanning the Civil War and Antebellum periods through the Civil Rights Movement, to the present day. The capstone program is a special discussion of two Civil War-era diaries by free African Americans. Because diaries by African Americans from the Antebellum and Civil War periods are extremely rare, visitors will have a unique chance to hear about the everyday life of free African Americans in the Mid-Atlantic region during that time.

Freedom’s Diaries: Diaries of Free African Americans from the Antebellum and Civil War Era
WHEN: Saturday, February 7, 1 PM

“Since there are few primary sources written by black women during this time in history, Davis's diary...is rendered extraordinary simply because it has survived to be included in this very small class Aof resources,” writes publisher University of South Carolina press about Dr. Karsonya Whitehead’s Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis (published May 2014). The book uncovers the story of a woman in Philadelphia’s vibrant free black community through the prism of identity, race, and class. Dr. Whitehead is assistant professor of Communication, and African and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland.

Henry Louis Gates writes, “'Today has been a memorable day. I thank God I have been here to see it.' So begins the pocket diaries of free black woman Emilie Davis of Philadelphia on the day of Emancipation at the midpoint of the Civil War. Her words also capture my feelings in seeing Davis's diaries published under the expert eye of Karsonya Wise Whitehead, whose scholarly annotations not only set the scene but reveal how this 'everyday' domestic-dressmaker's decision to record her thoughts at the critical hours of the African American journey was itself an emancipatory act.”

In addition, Dr. Myra Y. Armstead, Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at Bard College, discusses Freedom’s Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America (published February 2012), which traces the life of an escaped slave from Maryland who became a master gardener and kept a diary for over three decades. Booklist;calls Freedom’s Gardener a “meticulously sourced and carefully reasoned portrait.”

Programming For, and By, Youth

The Griot’s Eye Youth Film and Culture Festival
WHEN: Saturday, February 14, at 12 PM
ADMISSION: $5

Griot’s Eye is an arts-based youth leadership and community-development program that equips urban youth with technical and cultural skills to produce compelling social media programs that address relevant issues in their lives.

WJZ-TV Black History Month Oratory Contest
WHEN: Sunday, February 15, at 12 PM

Twenty semi-finalists from high schools in Maryland present their memorized essays on selected quotes from African American historical and cultural figures. A panel of judges will select the top three winners who will receive cash prizes and other items from the event sponsors. The annual event is hosted by WJZ-TV.

African American Art: An Intro for Kids
WHEN: Saturday, February 21, at 3 PM

Explore African American art with teaching artist, Culture Queen. Families will see a short children’s video about African American artists, take a mini gallery tour and create their own artwork inspired by an artist. 

Open House
WHEN: February 28, 10 AM

The museum holds its annual open house with free admission to celebrate Black History Month. Families and friends are invited for a day full of interactive tours, activities and live entertainment. Sponsored by Verizon. ADMISSION: Free.

Documentary Films

Freedom Riders Screening with Post-Film Panel of Local Freedom Riders
WHEN: Sunday, January 25, 2 PM
(120 minutes)

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. The so-called “Freedom Riders” were deliberately violating Jim Crow laws that upheld segregation. From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Freedom Riders features testimony from a fascinating cast of characters who were involved first-hand: the riders themselves, government officials, and journalists.

A post-film discussion follows with Freedom Riders Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Dion Diamond, and Janice Grant. In conjunction with the current exhibition Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power. Free. Sponsored by Created Equal America’s Civil Rights Struggle.

Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks
WHEN: Sunday, February 22, 2 PM
(90 minutes)

This documentary takes an intimate look at the life and career of Gordon Parks, a celebrated photographer, novelist, journalist, poet, musician, and filmmaker. The film stretches across two centuries as it traces his life and career from abject poverty in Kansas City, circa 1912, to his astonishing and unprecedented rise as a top photographer for Vogue, Life, and other magazines. The film also documents his later years as a filmmaker and composer up to 2006, the year of his death. Though Parks’ subject matter widely varied, his biggest claim to fame was his heart-stopping photographs of the Southern civil rights movement in the 1960s for Life magazine. Aside from footage and voice-overs of Parks himself, Half Past Autumn features Parks’ children and ex-wives, as well as celebrities and life-long friends Russell Simmons and Gloria Vanderbilt. In conjunction with the exhibition For Whom It Stands.

About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is Baltimore's premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland's African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast's largest African American museum, occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located near Baltimore's Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets. The museum is also accessible on Baltimore's Charm City Circulator Orange and Green Routes. For more information, please call 443-263-1800 or visit www.RFLewisMuseum.org

Friday, January 9, 2015

JEWISH THEATRE WORKSHOP SEEKS ACTORS FOR COMEDY THAT PEEKS BEHIND TV GAME SHOWS

gameshow logoAUDITION NOTICE: The Jewish Theatre Workshop Presents

GAME SHOW
by Lew Riley

WHEN: Jan 25, 1-4 PM; Jan 26, 6-9 PM, Jan 27, 6-9 PM or by special appointment
WHERE:
Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

Performances dates: Aug 2, 9, 16. Potential for additional weeknight performance
Rehearsals: Table read mid-February, Rehearsal begin in June

Inquiries: Etan Weintraub, Director, etan@jewishtheatreworkshop.org or call the JTW Hotline at 410.709.8589

All roles available:

  • Brad Bowers - King of the Mountain's emcee. An aging MC. Wears a plastic smile on his face and a too-hairy toupee on his head, doesn't see very well, but doesn't want to wear glasses.
  • Heidi - The Mountain Girl. A buxomy young lass. Like many game show hostesses, Heidi is longer on looks than intelligence.
  • Larry Steele - The contenstant coordinator. A nice-looking man in his early thirties.
  • Kathy Burns - The production assistant. An attractive woman in her mid-twenties.
  • William Baron - The producer. Late 50's to early 60's.
  • Bill McGuffie - A sergeant in the army. Early forties military man.
  • Ethel Tinsley - A housewife/author. Middle-aged, bubbly.
  • Nedra Krebs - A senator's assistant. A young woman.
  • Steve Nystrom - A student filmmaker. Early to mid-twenties, very smart, and very good-looking.
  • Dolly Perkins - An older woman, close to sixty-five with gray hair and wrinkles, acts very young at heart.


Synopsis:

This comedy goes behind the scenes and then in front of the cameras as it follows five fascinating contestants: a fidgety Vietnam veteran; a know-it-all senator's assistant; a cocky young filmmaker; a dizzy housewife/author; and a bubbly senior citizen, from the time they meet backstage at a popular game show until one of them wins the grand prize.

Who wins the big money is one of Game Show's several compelling subplots. Another is the possibility of a rekindled romance between one of the contestants and the show's production assistant. And then there are the hilarious antics of the game show's narcissistic emcee and his beautiful bimbo of an assistant.

Who was the only bachelor president? What boy dubbed Lauren Becall's voice when she sang in To Have and Have Not? What was unusual about Babe Ruth's uniform when he hit 60 home runs? These and other intriguing questions are answered during Game Show, a warm and witty look at an American institution, the television game show.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 OFF TO A SIMMERING START @ SINGLE CARROT THEATRE THIS WEEKEND

References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot
By José Rivera

Directed by Steven J. Satta

WHEN: January 7 – February 8; Thursday – Saturday 7:30 PM; Sunday 2:30 PM
WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: Half-price tickets available for preview performances
Tonight Wednesday 1/7and
Tomorrow Thursday 1/8!

LEARN MORE

SEE THE SHOW
Visit the References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot page for a full cast list, special events, and more!

When Gabriela awakens to find her husband Benito has returned from a military assignment, their lust and frustration reach a boiling point, sending the couple down a corkscrewing slide of marital strife, sexual tension, and hostility. A Cat, a Coyote, and The Moon help weave Rivera’s story in language poetic and grounded, sensual and sardonic, all against the sweltering backdrop of a barren summer wasteland.

Friday, January 9th—OPENING NIGHT
At Single Carrot Theatre, an opening night is an event in itself. After the 7:30PM performance, the audience is welcome to stay for pizza, cava, and conversation with the artistic team responsible for bringing References to Salvador Dali to life. The celebration will include a toast and remarks from Genevieve de Mahy, SCT’s artistic director.

Thursday, January 22nd—POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Casting Culture: A Discussion on Staging Race & Casting Practices
Casting for theatre comes with a multitude of challenges, one of them being casting race. Is it vital to cast actors that are the same race as the character? How are actors of ambiguous ethnicity cast? Is ethnicity as important as race? References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot presented itself with a few such challenges and Single Carrot Theatre invites the audience to ask questions, raise voices, and discuss one of the most pressing issues in theatre today.

Thursday, January 29th—POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Meet the Actors
Audience members are welcome to join us after the performance to talk with the actors about the process and the production of References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot. The members of the cast will talk about their experience, and answer any questions from the audience.

ONE WEEK UNTIL “ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…” OPENS @ CENTERSTAGE

A new year means a new show: One Night in Miami… arrives in one week at Center Stage!

A fictional account of a real night in history, One Night in Miami… imagines the moment when Cassius Clay, soon to be Muhammad Ali, celebrated his 1964 world heavyweight boxing title victory with friends, activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football star Jim Brown in a small Miami hotel room. As the Civil Rights Movement stirs outside, four men will emerge from that one night ready to define a new world.

BUY  NOW or call the Box Office at 410.332.0033

Meet the Icons: The entire cast is proud to be making their Center Stage debuts!

Tory Andrus as Malcolm X

Credits include: Martin Luther King Jr. in the National Tour of MLK.

 

Sullivan Jones as Cassius Clay

Credits include: The original Cassius Clay in the LA premiere of One Night in Miami….

Grasan Kingsberry as Sam Cooke

Credits include: 1st National Tours of Motown the Musical and The Color Purple.

 

Esau Pritchett as Jim Brown

Credits include: A Free Man of Color at Lincoln Center.

Thursday, January 1, 2015