The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 8

The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 8

The Muses – Original Works Project (Fall)
Sun, Dec 8, 2019 . 3:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre.

The Muses proudly present their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Free, no tickets required

Soundtrack and The Triumph of Horus at Clarice Smith, Dec 6-7

Soundtrack and The Triumph of Horus at Clarice Smith, Dec 6-7

Second Season: “Soundtrack” and “The Triumph of Horus”
Dec. 6-7, 2019

Fri, Dec 6, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Various spaces at The Clarice, general admission.

Soundtrack
Written by Diallo Adams

In this original play about the struggles of a local record store to stay afloat, Adams explores how strong friendships help us deal with disappointment and unforeseen circumstances. The highs and lows of the story are echoed in music written by Adams, featuring a broad range of styles to represent the play’s dynamic shifts.

The Triumph of Horus
Translated by H. W. Fairman
Adapted and directed by Allison Hedges

Considered by some to be the oldest play in existence, “The Triumph of Horus” was discovered in the form of hieroglyphic inscriptions dating back to the second century BCE at Egypt’s Temple of Horus in Edfu. Hedges applies her doctoral research on ancient Egyptian drama to stage this rarely produced play with undergraduate students. This performance will include “The Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys,” a brief ritual drama based on the translation by Miriam Lichtheim.

Free, tickets required. Click here.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 6

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 6

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
UMD Treble Choir, UMD Men’s Chorus, University Chorale, Femmes de Chanson and MännerMusik

Friday, December 6, 2018 . 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Memorial Chapel

Five choirs, brass quintet and organ bring the joy of the season to life with carols, hymns and spoken word that epitomize hope and goodwill.

On the day of the performance, tickets will be available only at Memorial Chapel beginning at 7PM.

Led by Edward Maclary, the choral ensembles have achieved international renown and offer a wide array of choral experiences with music encompassing all styles and eras. In addition to this season’s on campus choral performances, the UMD Concert Choir participates in annual collaborations with both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Last spring, the UMD Concert Choir performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets: Regular $20, Seniors: $15, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Porte Parole presents The Assembly at Clarice Smith, Dec 5-7

Porte Parole presents The Assembly at Clarice Smith, Dec 5-7

Porte Parole
The Assembly
December 5 – 7, 2019 . 8PM

Thu, Dec 5, 2019 . 8:00PM
Fri, Dec 6, 2019 . 8:00PM
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre, general admission.

The bitter polarization of the 2016 American presidential election inspired pioneering Montreal theater company Porte Parole to consider what may sound like a terrifying scenario—having a dinner party with four strangers of very different political persuasions and urging them to discuss their differences over wine. Would they listen? Would they get along? Could they be convinced to change? The Assembly re-creates that scenario, based on a conversation with very real participants, with divergent viewpoints, chosen directly from the University of Maryland community. The actors do their best to conjure those actual strangers and make the play feel like a real-time snapshot of our own very real divides. During the play, the audience is asked to participate, to take their own seat at the table and dig into topics about their community with their community. This is catalyzing art that asks a necessary but seemingly intractable question: how can we change the world without learning to break bread with our neighbors?

During the last two decades, Porte Parole has staged provocative, award-winning works about overseas labor outsourcing, water usage rights, power utilities, agricultural law and police brutality. Named for the French term for spokesperson, Porte Parole was founded by a playwright and actor who understands that the truth often takes on an impossibly amoeboid shape. To get at it, their documentary theater company uses a horde of research, from primary source materials to original interviews, to create plays that fully ponder the complexities of any topic, reflecting a subject’s subtleties the way a painting might capture something a photograph would have missed.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

The Phantom Tollbooth at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Nov 29-Dec 15

The Phantom Tollbooth at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Nov 29-Dec 15

The Phantom Tollbooth
By Susan Nanus, based on the book by Norton Juster
Directed by Jon Gardner

November 29 – December 15, 2019

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Ten-year-old Milo is bored one afternoon when a Phantom Tollbooth mysteriously arrives in his room with the instructions, “Have your destination in mind.” Traveling in his toy car, Milo arrives in Dictionopolis to discover that King Azaz the Unabridged is at war with The Mathemagician of Digitopolis over whether words or numbers are more important. Milo, joined by Tock and The Humbug, resolves to rescue Princess Sweet Rhyme and Princess Pure Reason from the Castle-in-the-Air to restore peace to the land. But the Castle-in-the-Air is guarded by ferocious demons….

Ticket prices: $24 General Admission, $22 Seniors/Military, $12 Student/Youth. Buy tickets here.

Tags: Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt Maryland, The Phantom Tollbooth, Susan Nanus, Norton Juster, Jon Gardner