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2017 – 2018 Season

Daniel Beaty: Emergency

Daniel Beaty: Emergency
Friday, September 15, 8pm
Saturday, September 16, 8 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Actor and playwright Daniel Beaty presents Emergency, an Obie Award-winning solo performance featuring 40 characters.

Present day. A slave ship emerges out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty sending NYC into a frenzy. Emergency is an intricately woven, urgent, witty and moving exploration of our shared humanity and what it means to be free. An explosive play where rhythm, rhyme and remembrance rise.

Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and community activist. He is the co-writer and lead actor of the upcoming feature film Chapter & Verse with Loretta Devine and Omari Hardwick about a man who re-integrates into society after eight years in prison. His critically acclaimed plays Through the Night, Emergency, Mr. Joy, Breath & Imagination, and The Tallest Tree in the Forest – Paul Robeson, have been produced at leading theaters across the nation and venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the White House, garnering numerous awards including an Obie award for writing and performance and three NAACP Theatre Awards. A highly requested keynote speaker, Beaty has spoken throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa.

This special presentation is made possible in part by UMBC’s Center for Innovation in the Arts (CIRCA) and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, which includes funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. We are pleased to have received this support, and are grateful to our partners at UMBC for their assistance in securing it.

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Students/Seniors, available online (to be announced) or at the box office one hour before performances.

 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Directed by Eve Muson

Thursday, November 9, 8pm
Friday, November 10, 8pm
Saturday, November 11, 8pm
Friday, November 17, 8pm
Saturday, November 18, 8pm
Sunday, November 19, 2pm
Proscenium Theatre
Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The UMBC Department of Theatre presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Eve Muson, who sets this production of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies in 19th century Russia at Christmas time.

Washed ashore after a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as her twin brother, whom she presumes to be dead. Gender-confusion, mistaken identity, and love triangles abound: Viola (disguised as her brother) is in love with Count Orsino, who is in love with Countess Olivia, who is in love with Viola. Everything is put right with the arrival of her twin, and everyone is the wiser for having played love’s fools.

With sumptuous and adorable costumes, musical interludes of Russian folk songs and carols, sword-fighting, and snow in abundance, the story is told with riotous disorder!

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors, available online (to be announced) or at the box office one hour before performances.

*Complementary tickets will be available for UMBC students for the 2 p.m. matinee performance.

 

Far Away

Far Away, by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Abigail Funk and Leah White
Friday, March 9, 8pm
Saturday, March 10, 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, March 11, 2pm and 8pm
Black Box
Performing Arts and Humanities Building

This hour long futuristic nightmare envisions a world where the promise of violence broods and nothing is to be trusted. Written by the celebrated author of Top Girls and Cloud Nine, this innovative work consists of three brief scenes. In the first, a young girl spending her first night in her new guardian’s house witnesses a bloody slaughter. Next, the girl, now grown, is spending her first day working in a hat factory. There, she and a young man concoct funny and elaborate hats that are to be worn for a horrific purpose. In the final scene, the boy and girl, now wed, are seeking refuge from a global conflict even the animals are on one side or another.

Far Away is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors, available online (to be announced) or at the box office one hour before performances.

*Complementary tickets will be available for UMBC students for the 2 p.m. matinee performance.

 

Machinal

Machinal, by Sophia Treadwell
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
Thursday, May 3, 8pm
Friday, May 4, 8pm
Saturday, May 5, 8pm
Sunday, May 6, 2pm
Proscenium Theatre
Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial and execution of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is an expressionistic drama by American journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell.  Machinal tells the  story of young women destroyed by the world that confines her. Trapped in a loveless marriage, she loses any hope for affection or true companionship. However, an affair with a handsome and adventurous lover gives the young woman a momentary glimpse of passion, and  her life is forever changed. She sees how society confines her, how her husband unconsciously dominates her every decision, and she feels that there is no escape. With a feeling of hopelessness, she commits an egregious crime, murdering her husband to free herself from the constraints of society. This highly theatrical production will feature an all-female cast and a world inspired by the aesthetic the great expressionist films of the 1920s.
Machinal is presented through special arrangement with The Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Tucson.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors, available online (to be announced) or at the box office one hour before performances.

*Complementary tickets will be available for UMBC students for the 2 p.m. matinee performance.

 

 

All ticket sales benefit the UMBC Department of Theatre Scholarship fund.

For Questions about acquiring tickets and general Box Office concerns, you can email theatre@umbc.edu or contact the theatre main office by phone at 410-455-2917.