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

Miracle on 34th Street at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Nov 29-Dec 22

Miracle on 34th Street at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Nov 29-Dec 22

Laurel Mill Playhouse presents
Miracle on 34th Street
Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies. Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street
Directed by Jen Sizer
Produced by Maureen Rogers

Friday November 29, 2019 through Sunday December 22, 2019
Matinee performances on December 15 and December 22 at 2:00 P.M.

Location: Laurel Mill Playhouse

By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing. Performances run weekends from Friday November 29, 2019 through Sunday December 22, 2019 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission. Admission for students (12 and under), active duty military and seniors (65 and over) is $15. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the link below. For further information, please call 301-617-9906 and press 2, or contact Maureen Rogers at maureencrogers@gmail.com or 301-452-2557.

Buy tickets here.

Theatre Technology for Kids at the Publick Playhouse, Nov 23

Theatre Technology for Kids at the Publick Playhouse, Nov 23

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

Theatre Technology for Kids

Prince George’s Publick Playhouse

Description: Lift the curtain at the Publick Playhouse and take an interactive tour of the science backstage that makes the “magic” happen on stage. Tour will include lighting and automation, sound systems, and special effects. No sandals or open-toed shoes. Girls encouraged!

Recommended for ages 9-12 with accompanying adult.

Tickets: Free (ticket required). Click here.

Laughing Inspite Of at the Bowie CPA, Nov 23

Laughing Inspite Of at the Bowie CPA, Nov 23

Picket Fences, Rosalyn Morgan and DREES presents:
Laughing Inspite Of
Based on the book: Laughing to Keep From Crying by Rosalyn Morgan
Playwright: Elaine Hutchinson

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 5:00pm.

Location: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

A Comedy-Drama based on a true story of a daughter’s devotion and attention to her mother during her mother’s onset of Alzheimer’s disease. While taking the journey into the unknown, she finds humor in her struggle.

Tickets: $40 in advance; $45 at the door..

For tickets click here.