Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park

Located on the University of Maryland’s flagship campus in College Park, Maryland, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center combines student productions with professional companies. It features a wide variety of music, dance, lectures and plays; only the theatrical productions are listed here.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has an alternative location called the Milkboy Arthouse, on Route 1 (Baltimore Ave.)

Website: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/

Location: 3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2635

Ticket Office: 301.405.ARTS (2787)
Main Office: 301.405.7794

Milkboy Arthouse
Location: 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park 20740
Website: https://www.milkboyarthouse.com/


Upcoming Events:

Maryland Opera Studio presents Town Hall at Clarice Smith, Feb 9

Town Hall
Maryland Opera Studio New Work Reading 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018 . 7:30 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, General Admission.

In a small town, somewhere in America, a community gathers to ask their senator questions about the politics of the day, and the proceedings are live-streamed on social media by a young intern. But the conversation turns into a heated debate with mortal stakes when a retired librarian takes the event hostage.

Maryland Opera Studio students premiere an opera by the winner of the annual Opera Composition Contest. Launched in 2017, the contest is a joint initiative of the Maryland Opera Studio and Artist Partner Program to support the cultivation and performance of new work.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Town Hall, Maryland Opera Studio, World Premiere, Free


Eurydice at Clarice Smith, Feb 9-17

Eurydice
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Mitchell Hébert

February 9 – 17, 2018

Fri, Feb 9, 2018 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 10, 2018 . 7:30PM
Sun, Feb 11, 2018 . 2:00PM
Wed, Feb 14, 2018 . 7:30PM
Thu, Feb 15, 2018 . 7:30PM
Fri, Feb 16, 2018 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 17, 2018 . 2:00PM
Sat, Feb 17, 2018 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre

When Eurydice tragically perishes on her wedding day, her groom Orpheus will do anything to bring her back to life. He strikes a deal with the gods of the Underworld, but will he be able to fulfill its terms? This reimagining of the classic myth is told through Eurydice’s eyes, offering a fresh perspective on her journey. It’s one of love and loss, pleasure and pain. The play’s rhythmic language helps rebuild the memories of the characters and highlights the heroine’s impossible choice between life and death.

Tickets: General Admission: Regular $25+, Student/Youth: $10

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl, Mitchell Hebert


The Breaking Point and Babel at Clarice Smith, Feb 23-24

Second Season
The Breaking Point by Jennifer Kasnadi and Babel by Almost Human

February 23 – 24, 2018

Fri, Feb 23, 2018 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 24, 2018 . 2:00PM
Sat, Feb 24, 2018 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The Breaking Point
By Jennifer Kasnadi

The Breaking Point explores how relationships between people devolve due to the current political climate of the US. The piece features interviews with students from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance studies that comment on how politics affect an “epicenter of apathy.”

Babel
By Almost Human

Babel is a site-specific performance exploring knowledge, histories and beliefs. The piece delves into ancient institutions, where they have come from, and where they are headed. Babel is produced by PhD student Fraser Stevens’ experimental theatre company, Almost Human.

Tickets: Free, tickets required.

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Second Season, The Breaking Point, Jennifer Kasnadi, Babel, Almost Human


Privacy Project at Milkboy Arthouse, Mar 2-3

Privacy Project

Part 1: Friday, March 2, 2018 8 PM
Part 2: Saturday, March 3, 2018 8 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Milkboy Arthouse, 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park 20740

This groundbreaking transatlantic theater project is focused on the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the US and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays exploring the central question, “What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?” The results will be presented in different formats by a network of theaters through June 2018, with the intention of creating an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.

Experience staged readings of all 15 plays over two evenings, accompanied by discussions about the issues raised by the works with participation from some of the playwrights as well as on-campus and local partners from the public policy, cyber-security and intelligence communities.

Join UMD faculty members and three of the participating artists/playwrights in Do Good Dialogue: No Place to Hide: A Conversation about Privacy, or the Lack Thereof on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 . 7 PM

Tickets: Reserved: $30+, General Admission: $25+, Student/Youth: $10+

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Privacy Project, Milkboy Arthouse


600 Highwaymen present The Fever at Clarice Smith, Apr 5-6

600 Highwaymen
The Fever

April 5-6, 2018. 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre

This innovative and intimate new theatrical piece from artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another. Performed in complete collaboration with the audience, The Fever examines how we assemble, organize and care for the bodies around us. Who will you be when our eyes are on you? What will we see when we all look your way?

Browde and Silverstone have created seven original works since 2009, including Employee of the Year, which was presented at The Clarice in 2015 to rave audience reviews. 600 HIGHWAYMEN has received an Obie Award, a Bessie Nomination and Zurich’s ZKB Patronage Prize.

Join the founders of 600 Highwaymen, Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, for Do Good Dialogue: Taking Action: Upstanding and Standing Up on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7 PM.

Tickets: Reserved: $30+, General Admission: $25+, Student/Youth: $10

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, 600 Highwaymen, The Fever, Abigail Browde, Michael Silverstone


Maryland Opera Studio presents Dialogues Des Carmelites at Clarice Smith, Apr 14-22

MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO: DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
Francis Poulenc, composer and librettist

April 14 – 22, 2018

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre

Premiered in 1957, Poulenc’s opera explores religious devotion and self-sacrifice through the story of Blanche de la Force, a young aristocratic woman who joins the Carmelite Order to escape the violence of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student / Youth $10

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Dialogue Des Carmelites, Francis Poulenc, Opera


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 26, 12:30pm

MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO: Opera al Fresco

Thursday, April 26, 2018. 12:30pm

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion

A casual preview of the Maryland Opera Studio’s scene study performances in The Clarice’s expansive Grand Pavilion.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera al Fresco, Opera


Clove at Clarice Smith, Apr 5-6

Clove
Written and directed by Paige Hernandez

April 27 – May 5, 2018

Fri, Apr 27, 2018 . 7:30PM
Sun, Apr 29, 2018 . 2:00PM
Sun, Apr 29, 2018 . 7:30PM
Wed, May 2, 2018 . 7:30PM
Thu, May 3, 2018 . 7:30PM
Fri, May 4, 2018 . 7:30PM
Thu, May 4, 2017 . 7:30PM
Sat, May 5, 2018 . 2:00PM
Sat, May 5, 2018 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre

What are the elements that make any of us a whole person? Fulfillment and meaning come from an entire network of social connections and actions, so what happens when one of those connections is severed? Do you replace it? Can you? In this radiant multidisciplinary devised piece, spoken word, hip-hop, jazz, short plays and more fuse together in a search for answers to these central questions of identity. Written and directed by UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies alumna Paige Hernandez ’02.

Tickets: Regular: $25, Student/Youth: $10

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Clove, Paige Hernandez


Maryland Day at Clarice Smith, Apr 28

Maryland Day

Saturday, April 28, 2018 10 AM – 4 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Explore the creativity of Terps and the local community on Maryland Day! This annual campus-wide open house features artistic and creative performances, experiences and activities at The Clarice, across the University of Maryland campus and at the MilkBoy+ArtHouse venue on Baltimore Avenue. Bring your family and your friends for a day of fun and frolic!

Tickets: Free, no tickets required

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Day, Free


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, May 3-4

MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO: Opera Scene Study

Thu, May 3, 2018 . 7:30PM
Fri, May 4, 2018 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall

After a year of deconstructing their craft and sculpting it from the ground up, Maryland Opera Studio first-year students are paired in operatic scenes from a wide variety of repertory. Accompanied only by piano and minimal props, these performances give our young artists a chance to shine in the purest of forms.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera Scene Study, Opera


Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, May 5-6

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
May 5 & 6, 2018. 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for their end of the semester show, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Interested in learning more about Kreativity? Email kreativity.troupe@gmail.com and like them on Facebook!

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show


Kreativity Open Mic at Clarice Smith, TBD

Kreativity Diversity Troupe Open Mic Night
TBD. 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for an open mic night, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Want to try out your own performance chops? Show up and sign up! Just looking for a night of entertainment from some of the most talented students in the metro area? Simply take a seat and enjoy the show.

Interested in learning more about Kreativity? Email kreativity.troupe@gmail.com and like them on Facebook!

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland,


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