Monday, September 26, 2016


Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, at 8:00 pm, The Peabody Trio — faculty artists Violaine Melançon, violin, and Seth Knopp, piano, with Natasha Brofsky, violonce— - will perform Antonín Dvořák's Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 75; Charles Ives' Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano; and Dvořák's Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

This concert and all others that take place this season on Peabody's campus will be free! Reserve advance tickets online or by calling the box office at 667-208-6620.


Thursday, September 29, 12:00 pm

This week's free Thursday Noon recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall will be presented by the Voice Department. Christopher Edwards, baritone, will perform Maurice Ravel's Don Quichotte à Dulcinée. Simone Brown, soprano, will perform Francis Poulenc's Benalités, FP 107. Elizabeth Sarian, mezzo-soprano, will sing Gioachino Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri and Johannes Brahms' Vier Gesänge, No. 1, Op. 43. Tae Min Cha, tenor, will perform Gerald Finzi's Oh Fair to See, Op. 13b and William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge. Clara Plestis, soprano, will perform John Musto's A Last Song, William Grant Still's The Breath of a Rose, and Samuel Barber's A Hand of Bridge.

Thursday, September 29, 6:00pm

Principal flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Brook Ferguson will present a master class in the Centre Street Performance Studio.

Saturday, October 1, 1:00 pm

Raffaele Trevisani, a flutist who studied with Sir James Galway, will present a master class in the Centre Street Performance Studio.

Sunday, October 2, 10:00 am

Marina Piccinini, flute, will present her annual open master class in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Flutists Louna Dekker-Vargas, Lily Josefsberg, Hanna Kim, David Le, and Seungmin Oh will work on pieces by Jacques Ibert, Philippe Gaubert, Friedrich Kuhlau, Claude Debussy, and Paul Taffanel. Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart will also present her Flute Circuit Training Class and Flutistry Boston will be an exhibitor.

Sunday, October 2, 2:00 pm

Artist diploma candidate Meng Su (PC '09, GPD '11, MM '16, Guitar; GPD '15, Chamber Music) will present a master class in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, as a Baltimore Classical Guitar Society artist-in-residence. Please sign up in advance with BCGS.


Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit


Friday, October 7, 8:00 pm

Joseph Young Conducts Peabody Concert Orchestra in Sibelius, Haydn, Beethoven

Saturday, October 8, 7:30 pm

Peabody Wind Ensemble Plays Nixon, Ellerby, Tull, Welcher, with conductor Harlan D. Parker

Monday, October 10, 2:30 pm

Dean's Symposium: Aaron Dworkin

Thursday, October 13, 8:00 pm

Variations on Goldberg I: Felix Hell, Organ

Friday, October 14, 7:30 pm

Gary Thomas Directs Peabody Improvisation & Multimedia Ensemble

For other events featuring Peabody performers, please visit our Peabody Institute Concerts Facebook page. The full calendar of events at Peabody can be found at

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Sunday, September 25, 2016


The Baltimore Museum of Art


An Evening of Saké & Pocky
Inspired by Kimono & Obi: Romantic Echoes from Japan's Golden Age

WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 7-9 p.m.
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
TICKETS: Ticket price varies depending upon membership level: $40 non-Members. $30 BMA Members and $15 BMA Salon Members. Free for BMA Salon VIP Members.

Join us for the first BMA Salon! This new event series is designed for busy professionals with creative, curious minds who want to meet other people interested in the arts.

For our kick-off event, the BMA is pleased to be partnering with Master Saké Sommelier Tiffany Soto and Matsuri to bring you saké and whiskey tastings, Japanese hors d'oeuvres, pocky, a kimono-dressing demonstration, gallery talk on Japanese kimono and obi, music and more!

Purchase Tickets Now Under "Adult Programs"Become a BMA Salon Member!

Enjoy lively social events and behind-the-scenes experiences with art you won't get anywhere else.


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Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) alumna Joyce J. Scott ’70 (Art Education B.F.A.) has been named a 2016 Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowships, popularly known as “genius” grants, are awarded annually and carry a five-year, $625,000 prize, which recipients are free to use as they see fit. Twenty-three Fellows were announced Thursday by the Chicago-based foundation.

Image result for Joyce J. ScottA native of Baltimore, Scott is best known for her use of small, delicate beads to craft strong messages of societal issues embedded in gender, race and class. Jewelry maker, sculptor, quilter, installation and performance artist, lecturer and educator, Scott’s handmade works—which range from over-sized neckpieces, to figurative sculptures, to installations — upend conceptions of beadwork and jewelry as adornment. Her exquisitely crafted objects powerfully address racism, sexism and the violence they engender.

“Joyce Scott has dedicated her life and art to confronting stereotypes and social and racial injustices while innovating craft along the way,” said MICA President Samuel Hoi. “MICA is so proud to have been part of Joyce’s career and journey. Our students are fortunate that she still incorporates teaching as part of her practice. Her unique voice and fierce dedication to Baltimore truly inspires our rising creatives.”

More than 900 people have received the awards, known as “genius grants,” since 1981. Fellows, brought to the foundation's attention by an anonymous pool of nominators, do not apply for the money and are not informed they've been chosen until shortly before the awards are announced. The unusual level of independence afforded to Fellows underscores the spirit of freedom intrinsic to creative endeavors. The work of MacArthur Fellows knows neither boundaries nor the constraints of age, place and endeavor.

"While our communities, our nation, and our world face both historic and emerging challenges, these 23 extraordinary individuals give us ample reason for hope," MacArthur President Julia Stasch said in a statement. "They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all."

In addition to her B.F.A. from MICA, Scott received an M.F.A. from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Educated in Baltimore City public schools, Scott’s earliest art lessons were received at home from her mother, Elizabeth T. Scott, who was an internationally recognized fiber artist.

Scott’s work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at the American Craft Museum; The Corcoran Gallery of Art; The Renwick Gallery; The Orlando Art Museum; the Museum of Art and Design; the Fuller Craft Museum; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Studio Museum, Harlem; the Taft Museum, Cincinnati; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work is held in the public collections of numerous national and international museums. She has been awarded honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council and Anonymous was a Woman.

In 2000, a 30-year retrospective of her work, “Joyce J. Scott: Kickin’ It with the Old Masters” was presented at the BMA in collaboration with MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar.

This latest honor follows a May announcement that she topped the list of the 2016 Baltimore-based Baker Artist Awards, winning the $50,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize.

Scott joins another alumna, Elizabeth Turk ’94 (Rinehart School of Sculpture M.F.A.) as a MacArthur Fellow. Turk was recognized by the foundation for her elegant marble sculptures in 2010.


By Gaetano Rossini

WHEN: September 30 – October 2, 7:30 PM
The Engineers Club Ballroom Baltimore, MD
TICKETS:  $27.50 to $71.50

About Tancredi
Based on Voltaire's play 'Tancrede', the opera is highly praised as one of Rossini's masterworks in his oeuvre of an amazing FORTY operas. 

Rossini's earliest biographer, Stendhal, described Tancredi as "a genuine thunderbolt out of a clear, blue sky for the Italian lyric theatre..." and scholar Richard Osborne proclaimed the opera to be the composer's "first fully fledged opera seria and it established him, more or less instantly, as Italy's leading composer of contemporary opera."

The music is glorious and the story compelling. The drama centers around the beautiful Amenaide, whose forbidden love for the exiled Tancredi causes misunderstandings and great turmoil.  

Choose your own glorious adventure
In keeping with the 'opera seria' (translated as 'serious' or 'heroic' opera) tradition, Rossini composed the expected happy ending.   However, after the Venice premiere in February 1813, Rossini asked a poet friend (Luigi Lechi) to rework Gaetano Rossi's libretto to more accurately reflect Voltaire's tragic ending. The revised version of the opera was presented later that year, but fell out of favor, and the score for the tragic ending basically disappeared. Once it was rediscovered in the 1970s, it supplanted the happy ending little by little in modern performances.

Question: Which ending will BCO do?
Answer: BOTH!

Our clever and committed conductor, Maestro Anthony Barrese, has figured out a way to give our audiences both endings!  You'll have to come join us to find out how. 
We are thrilled to present our third artistic collaboration with Maestro Barrese and Opera Southwest with Tancredi, and are sure you'll enjoy this operatic gem. 

BCO is pleased to present Tancredi in a co-production with Opera Southwest. For casting information and to make dining reservations, visit


The Baltimore Museum of AA

WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore

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Join Today for Free Tickets to the Exhibition & Preview Party


This landmark exhibition brings together more than 90 paintings and drawings by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993). See the French modern master’s enduring influence on one of the greatest post-war American painters. More



The Birth of Feminism

Front Room: Guerrilla Girls

Opening September 25

A selection of 48 protest posters from the Guerrilla Girls' Portfolio Compleat shows more than 30 years of the acclaimed feminist collective's audacious graphics, telling statistics, and provocative humor. More







Spit Series

BMA Hosts

Areas for Action

Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m.

During this performance of Areas for Action directed by Oliver Herring, four volunteers will spray colorful food dye from their mouths onto gallery walls. This playful, but physically demanding performance will produce a vibrant backdrop for a new installation of Herring's works. More





Detail, Study for Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction

Rarely Shown Watercolor on View

The BMA’s stunning Aaron Douglas watercolor, Study for Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction, is now on view for the first time in nearly a decade. The work inspires a character in the book All American Boys, recently named by The Maryland Humanities Council as the 2016 One Maryland One Book. More

Image credits:
Henri Matisse. The Yellow Dress. 1929-31. The Baltimore Museum of Art. ©2016 Succession H. Matisse / ARS NY
Richard Diebenkorn. Seated Figure with Hat. 1967. National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C. ©2016 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Guerrilla Girls. Birth of Feminism movie poster. 2001. From the "Portfolio Compleat". The Baltimore Museum of Art: Women's Committee Acquisitions Endowment for Contemporary Prints and Photographs, BMA 2015.47.66. © Guerrilla Girls

Oliver Herring. Areas for Action, Day 15: Color Spit Duet; Kristen and Davis Spit Blue. 2011. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Frederick R. Weisman Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment. BMA 2012.191.25. Courtesy the Artist. ©Oliver Herring

Aaron Douglas. Detail, Study for Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery through Reconstruction. 1934. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Purchased with exchange funds from The Edward Joseph Gallagher III Memorial Collection, BMA 2004.179. © Heirs of Aaron Douglas/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


Celebrate America's Jazz Heritage at the

First Annual Baltimore Jazz Fest
WHEN: Saturday, October - noon - 8 pm
WHERE: Druid Hill Park     

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Break out your eyepatches and get ready to get weird! A night of face-melting, gut-shaking FUN to help raise funds for BRIDES OF TORTUGA – and we want you to come party with us

WHEN:  Friday September 23; Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm 
WHERE: The Windup Space (12 W North Ave)
TICKETS: $10 at the door

Come early and stay late! Dress weird! Dress weirder than us!!!


  • Gavin Riley Smoke Machine – performing his choose your-own-adventure 3D animated rap album "Space Needle Mystery"
  • Pandas – Epicly anthemic punk-metal
  • Gazellynxxx & The Brides House Band – premiering NEW music from Brides of Tortuga!
  • Black Rose – Baltimore's Thin Lizzy Tribute

Also Featuring:

An epic raffle (including VIP tickets to Brides of Tortuga!), sea shanties, limited edition merch, and a ridiculous photo booth! Plus more stoopid antics from your favorite rock opera society!


Tickets for Brides of Tortuga!

We're not gonna shut up about Brides because it's going to be so awesome!

WHEN: October 28, 29 – November 4, 5, 11 12. All showtimes are 8:00PM with doors approximately 30 minutes prior to each show.
WHERE: Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Ln, Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225.

BROS is super excited to partner with the amazing Chesapeake Arts Center, located 10 minutes south of the Federal Hill neighborhood. The venue features tons of free parking, comfy seating, and an amazing sound system!

TICKETS: Tickets range from $20–$40 with a limited block each night available at a deep discount – Read all about them on our ticketing page!



Creative Alliance @ Mobtown Ballroom

Dale Watson Chicken Sh*t Bingo Tour

WHEN: THU SEP 22 | 8:30pm
WHERE: Mobtown Ballroom in Pigtown

An evening of perfect pairings: Creative Alliance + Mobtown Ballroom, Dale Watson + a chicken! Austin’s own honky tonk hero, and his knockout band, usher in our first event at Mobtown Ballroom in Pigtown. What is this BINGO game? Click the link to learn more. Tix & Info

Film Screening

29 Days Later Film Project

WHEN: THU SEP 22 & FRI SEP 23 | 7pm doors | 7:30pm screening

What can local indie filmmakers dream up in just 29 days? Find out at the Eighth Annual screenings of the 29 Days Later Film Project. This year, filmmakers compete for even more new prizes, including new, cash prizes and the Michelle Ann Farrell Award for Innovation! Tix & Info

The Atlantic Reed Consort

WHEN: SAT SEP 24 | 8pm

A fantastic chamber quintet that defies boundaries. Tonight, they present “mostly contemporary...for mostly reeds,” which explores new sounds, compositions, and technical limits for the reed quintet. Tix & Info



Horse Lords + Kaynak Pipers of Bulgaria

WHEN: FRI SEPT 30 | 8pm

A night of wild hypnotic, drone and grooves from Bulgaria and Baltimore! Our night starts with a traditional Bulgarian bagpipe and drum ensemble from the Rhodope mountain region and closes with Baltimore’s own Horse Lords. Tix & Info



Rafael Alvarez and Friends From Afar...

WHEN: SAT OCT 1 | 12pm

Highlandtown hero of the written word, Rafael Alvarez, hosts an afternoon of readings by writers from Baltimore, New York and more. With Annie Liontas, Terin Tashi Miller, music from Tim McFadden. Tix & Info

Silent Score

Mexico's Troker score The Grey Automobile

WHEN: SAT OCT 1 | 8pm

Mexico’s psychedelic jazz renegades, Troker, make their Baltimore debut, providing a live, original score, to one of the remaining movies of the silent-era of Mexican film, the 1919 classic gangster story, The Grey Automobile. Tix & Info

Activist Speaker Series & Race Recounted Roundtable

WHEN: SUN OCT 2 | 2-4pm

Juan Ortiz moderates a discussion about race relations in our community with representatives of the various #hashtag movements. Tix & Info

WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Pumpkin Theatre's 49th Season

A Season with Spirit and Moxie!

And.....We're off! Our Season of Spirit and Moxie begins with Peter Rabbit and Me on September 17.  We'll be following that up with The Dancing Princesses, Honk! Jr., Stuart Little and Robin Hood. Five show subscriptions are only $60!

WHERE: Pumpkin Theatre,  2905 Walnut Avenue, Owings Mills

To purchase tickets  go to or call 410.902.1814

The Dancing Princesses
By Jimi Kinstle
Directed by Courtney Proctor 

WHEN: December 3, 4, 10 & 11

Six princesses, each more fascinating than the last, sleep in six beds in the same room. Each night, their doors are locked. But each morning, their shoes are worn out and their father, the King must buy them new ones. Perplexed and growing tired of buying shoes each day, he enlists the help of a spy with an enchanted cloak who aims to discover the princesses' midnight secret. Just what is going on?

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Our 4th Annual Kids for Kids Production

Honk! Jr
Book by Anthony Drewe
Music by George Stiles
Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Directed by Erin Confair

WHEN: February 4, 5, 11 & 12

Based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Ugly Duckling". Ugly looks quite different from his brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping. The little guy finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry cat. Along the way Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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Stuart Little
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Based on the book by E.B. White
Directed by James Hunnicutt 

WHEN: April 1, 2, 8 & 9

The classic tale of a mouse, living with his human family in New York. As a small creature in a much larger world, he has no short supply of adventures! Some lead him to trouble, some bring him great friends, but all are great fun in this funny and touching story of a fearless little mouse in the big city! Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL.

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Robin Hood
Dramatized by Cathryn Pisarski
Musical Score by Phil Smith

WHEN: May 13, 14, 20 & 21

Robin Hood is the classic tale of Sir Robin of Locksley who has given up his titles to help the peasants of Nottingham. Stealing from the rich to give to the poor, he and his band of merry men are hunted by the Sheriff of Nottingham. In order to flush him out of his hide out in Sherwood Forest, the Sheriff hatches a plan to capture Robin by staging an archery contest. Can the clever Maid Marion help him escape? See Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, and all the rest in this swashbuckling adventure! Produced by special arrangement with I.E. Clark Publications.

Purchase Tickets


Peter Rabbit and Me
By Aurand Harris
Directed by Jeremy Scott Blaustein 

WHEN: September 17, 18, 24 & 25
Pumpkin Theatre  located at 2905 Walnut Avenue, Owings Mills
To purchase tickets  go to  or call 410.902.1814

Pumpkin Theatre's 49th season begins this Saturday! Our Season with Spirit and Moxie opens with Peter Rabbit and Me. Our dress rehearsals have begun and we couldn't be more pleased with this cast, crew, and design team. We've got a great bunch of Rabbits. Even our larger than life Mr. McGregor is ready to go. His garden is looking pretty ready for picking (by Peter Rabbit that is)! Don't miss this delightful play where the imagination of Beatrix Potter takes us from her London home to Peter Rabbit's tree in the forest.

Adapted from the work of Beatrix Potter, our play shows a young girl transforming her world in London into a fantasy of rabbits and other creatures in the country. Don't miss out on all the fun and suspense as Peter navigates his way through the adventures found in Mr. McGregor's Garden. Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL.

Join us for a 

Backstage Brunch!

This season marks the beginning of Pumpkin Theatre's Backstage Brunch series. For each of our productions, we will be hosting a brunch attended by the show's characters. Each brunch will feature a space decorated in the theme of the play. This will be a magical experience for kids and their families with delicious food, Peter Rabbit, Stuart Little, Robin Hood, and the rest of our cavalcade of characters!

WHEN: September 24; Each brunch runs from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
$25 includes admission to the performance.

Coming up on September 24th, meet Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, and all the Peter Rabbit and Me characters! They will answer questions, sign autographs and pose for photos. A behind the scenes experience to remember! At ticket to the performance and the backstage brunch together are $25.

For more information and tickets go to our website or call us at 410-902-1814








Come by The Shop and check out the work of our new Resident Artists! Each one of these lovely artists provides a unique perspective on the craft of clay, while diversifying the offerings we currently offer in our residency program. Come grab a piece of their work before they disappear and drop by the studio to see what they're working on next.

Pictured left to right: Emily Irvin, Sara Morales-Morgan, Dan Scully, Jennifer Chua, Koh WooJung



THIS SATURDAY (September 17th)

Clayworks' Maker Mornings will feature "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles" where guests will make models of the vehicles which transport us around the world!



October 14- November 12, 2016

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Donate a cup and you could win a Solo Show!

Clayworks is looking for your generous cup donations in support our artistic programming. The cups are given out of kindness, but will also provide you an opportunity to win a Solo Exhibition in our gallery next year.

The visiting public, both actual and virtual, will be able to vote for their favorite ones. The top five artists will then be invited to submit more images that will subsequently be juried by our Resident Artists and one lucky artist will be offered a solo show in 2017.

Drop off or send in your cup today! For more information connect with our Exhibitions Director, Mary Cloonan at


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The Diary of Anne Frank


The Giver


WHERE:  Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Springs Road, Olney


Why are you so danged lucky?

I'll tell you why!  $5 top-shelf improv, that's why!

So we're still moving in, and there are boxes everywhere (figuratively speaking) but we're throwing a party anyway!  Two awesome BETA shows at our new ALPHA location—Single Carrot Theater.  Come help us decide where to put the furniture (literally speaking) and get your hipster bragging rights: "I was there the first weekend ever!"

Impromptune, Lekker, and Training for Prom!
WHEN: Friday night
TICKETS: Just $5 measly bucks!

Hostel, Aftermath, Rudy Two Shoes, and Plan B
WHEN: Saturday night
Be there at the new beginning!

WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD

Who says work has to be a drag?!

 BIG Corporate Workshops & Retreats

Improvisation relies upon collaboration and listening, trust and agreement, in order for players to create compelling comedy in the moment. These are learnable skills, and there is no better means to teach them than Improvisation.

Workshops typically last for three hours, though the length can be adjusted by client’s request. Workshops can be focused upon:

  • Introductory Improvisation
  • Communication
  • Trust & Collaboration
  • Encouraging & Rewarding Creativity

Retreats are more involved half or full day training sessions incorporating one or more of the topics above.

For more information about BIG’s Corporate Training, contact BIG's Managing Director Terry Wither at

Take your baby steps with us—two opportunities to try improv for the first time!

Absolute Beginners' Workshops

Our instructors create a safe, fun space to practice listening and playing together with a variety of improv games.  The best part is NOBODY knows what they're doing, so you'll fit right in!


Session 1: Sunday, September 25, 5-7 PM

Session 2: Sunday, October 16, 5-7 PM

Sign up now!


The Diary of Anne Frank


Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
Directed by Jason Loewith.

Set, James Kronzer; projections, Clint Allen; costumes, Ivania Stack; lighting, York Kennedy; sound, Joshua Horvath; fight choreography, Casey Kaleba; dramaturge, Gabrielle Hoyt; flying, D2 Flying Effects; dialects, Zach Campion; assistant direction, Philip Kershaw. About 3 hours, 10 minutes.

TICKETS, $30-$75.
WHEN: Through Oct. 30
WHERE: Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Hwy., Bethesda.
Visit or call ­240-644-1100.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016



Join us for a series of play readings directed by the women of the Resident Acting Company. Our rehearsal hall will transform into a funky, stripped-down performance space with a bar, where audience and performer come together for conversations and cocktails on select Monday evenings from September to June. This year’s Salon selections complement each show of the Main Stage season, feature women playwrights’ work and will be hosted by well-known and accomplished women in our area.

Pre-show Cocktails at 6:00 PM
Readings at 7:00 PM
Post-show Cocktails to follow

Subscribe to all six and save!
$15 individual tickets; $72 for all six; $5 student ticket.

September 19: 

Our New Girl
Written by Nancy Harris
Directed by Beth Hylton

Written by Irish born playwright Nancy Harris, Our New Girl is psychological warfare. Hazel is overwhelmed by everything – her pregnancy, her new job, her 8-year-old son, her absent husband, and her new nanny. Parenting is hard work, especially if you’re afraid of your own child and suspect your nanny and husband are misbehaving. There are no winners in this family thriller because the demons are our own worst behaviors.

October 31: 

Top Girls
Written by Caryl Churchill
Director: TBA

Caryl Churchill’s Obie Award-winning 1982 play Top Girls is an examination of the age-old question: what does being a successful woman mean? Shifting between fantasy and reality, Marlene must come to terms with her past and her future as she struggles and explores the price of her own success.

December 12: 

The Book Of Grace
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Deborah Hazlett

“It’s us against them,” says south Texas border patrol agent, Vet. But where does that leave his estranged son, Buddy, and his forgiving wife, Grace? The borders outside are nothing compared to the emotional walls inside this house. Father and son fight like animals to keep their demons at bay; it is up to Grace to write this family’s future. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks says The Book of Grace is the play that restored her optimism.


February 6: 

The Ruby Sunrise
Written by Rinne Groff
Directed by Megan Anderson

Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise is a searing look at one family’s compulsion to shatter “that highest, hardest” glass ceiling. Ruby, a farm girl from Indiana, invents the very first television; decades later her daughter, Lulu, a script-girl in New York City, writes the teleplay that brings her mother’s story to life. As we dance through time and place, it is with humor and pathos that The Ruby Sunrise provokes questions about how we can change the world and make it a better place. This is the story of big dreams and dreaming big.

March 27: 

The Language Archive
Written by Julia Cho
Director: TBA

George, a linguist absorbed by the work of recording dying languages is oblivious to the world around him, including his wife, Mary. Aching for attention and conversation, Mary opens a bakery whose magical breads trigger eaters to spill forth their inner feelings. This heartfelt comedy forces us to consider the power of words and how language can fail us or save us. The Language Archive marks Baltimore’s first exposure to prolific playwright Julia Cho.

June 5:

Trouble In Mind
Written by Alice Childress
Directed by Dawn Ursula

Last year’s audiences were captivated by The Wedding Band, so we are thrilled to close out the Salon Series second season with another Alice Childress play, Trouble in Mind. In this show within a show, veteran African American actress, Wiletta Mayer, has been cast as the lead in an interracial Broadway show helmed by famous white director, Al Manners. But at every turn lies the racial realities of 1955. Simultaneously a witty love letter to the theatre and a call for equality, Trouble in Mind, reminds us that we all have a part to play in the fight for civil rights.