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:


Fearless New Play Festival at Clarice Smith, Mar 7-9

Fearless New Play Festival
March 7 – 9, 2019

Thu, Mar 7, 2019 . 7:00PM
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 . 7:00PM
Sat, Mar 9, 2019 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre.

TDPS’s Fearless New Play Festival is a three-day celebration of new scripts in development. The festival will kick off with a panel speech from a keynote playwright of national renown. After a week of workshops, participants will present: (1) a staged reading of the keynote playwright’s newest play, (2) staged readings of new ten-minute plays by current students, and (3) a showcase of new short plays by alumni, followed by a closing night celebration.

The selected current student plays are:
Bread & Roses by Yiwen Feng
Dakota by Olivia Litteral
Delilah Revisited by Jared Strange
Standardized by Jasmine Mitchell
Twenty Down by Jamie Bokman
Pleonasm by Jordan Resnick
I Don’t by Jordan Ealey
Szia Ruth by Amber Smithers

The selected alumni plays are:
CrossFit WonderWoman by Sam Mauceri (BA Theatre ’15)
Ceasefire by Avery Collins (BA Theatre ’16)
What to do When You’re Suicidal but You Can’t Fight Fascists When You’re Dead by Natalie Ann Valentine (BA Theatre ’13)
Field Glass by Martin Thompson (BA Theatre ’15)
It’s a Queer Thing by Radcliffe Adler (BA Theatre ’18)
The White Talk by Whitney Geohagan (BA Theatre ’18)
Terrible Lizard by Megan Meinero (BA Theatre ’12)
Sweet Dreams by Nikki Lust (BA Theatre ’17)

Tickets: General admission $10, Students Free. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Fearless New Play Festival, One-Act Play Festival, World Premiere, Staged Reading


Henson Awards Showcase at Clarice Smith, Apr 3

Henson Awards Showcase
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 . 7:30PM

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

The talented student recipients of the Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry will perform/present their funded projects. This year’s student presenters are Kristen Ahern (MFA Design candidate), Olivia Brann (MA candidate), Chris Brusberg (MFA Design candidate), and Stacey Carlson (MFA Dance candidate).

The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies hosts an annual competition and recipients are awarded funds to create a puppet project or performance. The Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry was established by the Henson family to honor the memory of Jim Henson (1960), creator of the world famous Muppets.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Henson Awards Showcase, Jim Henson, Puppets, Free Performance


Kreativity Open Mic at Clarice Smith, Apr 5

Kreativity Diversity Troupe Open Mic Night
Friday, April 5, 2019 at 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, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Open Mic, Free Performance


Kurt Weill Festival: Zaubernacht & Mahagonny Songspiel at Clarice Smith, Apr 5-11

Kurt Weill Festival: Zaubernacht & Mahagonny Songspiel

Zaubernacht
Kurt Weill, composer
Wladimir Boritsch, librettist

Mahagonny Songspiel
Kurt Weill, composer
Bertolt Brecht, librettist

April 5 – 11, 2019

Fri, Apr 5, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Apr 7, 2019 . 3:00PM
Tue, Apr 9, 2019 . 7:30PM
Thu, Apr 11, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre.

The Maryland Opera Studio juxtaposes two of Weill’s earliest works for the stage — Zaubernacht (1922) and Mahagonny Songspiel(1927). An enchanting work about two small children whose toys come to life, Zaubernacht (1922) also features a dance portion that will be performed by TDPS students. Mahagonny Songspiel (1927) is a scenic cantata set in a fictitious American town and marks the beginning of Weill’s collaboration with Bertolt Brecht.

Tickets: General admission $25, Students/Youth Free. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera, Kurt Weill, Zaubernacht, Mahagonny Songspiel, Wladimir Boritsch, Bertolt Brecht


I’ve Been a Woman at Clarice Smith, Apr 12-13

Second Season
I’ve Been a Woman by Jordan Ealey

April 12 & 13, 2019

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Apr 13, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sat, Apr 13, 2019 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

This original theater piece follows two souls who are repeatedly reincarnated in Black women’s bodies during feminist movements of the past, present and future. As these embodied souls reconnect with one another across three distinct time periods, they struggle to reconcile the realities of their race, gender and sexuality within societies that seek to deny their humanity.

Free, tickets are required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Second Season, I’ve Been a Woman, Jordan Ealey, Free Performance


Kurt Weill Festival: Street Scene at Clarice Smith, Apr 12-20

Kurt Weill Festival:

Street Scene
Kurt Weill, composer
Elmer Rice and Langston Hughes, librettists

April 12 – April 20, 2019

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Apr 14, 2019 . 3:00PM
Wed, Apr 17, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Apr 20, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre.

The Maryland Opera Studio presents Weill’s Street Scene, a work that brilliantly combines elements of opera and musical theater and that is widely acknowledged as one of the composer’s masterpieces. Set in a crowded tenement in 1940s New York City, the opera portrays life among a diverse group of working-class immigrants and the climactic events of one sweltering summer day. Based on a story by Elmer Rice with lyrics by Langston Hughes, Street Scene addresses social justice issues, race and the complexity of human relationships.

Sung in English with supertitles.

Tickets: General admission $25, Students/Youth Free. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera, Kurt Weill, Street Scene, Elmer Rice, Langston Hughes


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 25, 12:30pm

MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO: Opera al Fresco

Thursday, April 25, 2019. 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

Click here.

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


Maryland Day at Clarice Smith, Apr 27, 10am

Maryland Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019 . 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 ticket required. Click here.

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


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, May 2-3

Opera Scene Study

May 2 & 3, 2019 . 7:30 PM
Thu, May 2, 2019 . 7:30PM
Fri, May 3, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall

First-year Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) students demonstrate their talent in this showcase featuring duet scenes from a wide operatic repertory. To keep the focus on beautiful, pure sounds and vivid acting, the performance is accompanied only by piano and minimal props.

MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from the classic repertoire to provocative new works, MOS is building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required

Click here.

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


The Heidi Chronicles at Clarice Smith, May 4-11

The Heidi Chronicles
By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Scot Reese

May 4 – 11, 2019

Sat, May 4, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, May 5, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sun, May 5, 2019 . 7:30PM
Wed, May 8, 2019 . 7:30PM
Thu, May 9, 2019 . 7:30PM
Fri, May 10, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, May 11, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sat, May 11, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre

In this sprawling and heartfelt coming-of-age story, Heidi Holland grows up before our eyes. Starting out as a bright, idealistic college student of the 1960s, the world around her rapidly changes. With feminist guiding principles, she strives to build a fulfilling life and is forced to confront, through her work, friendship and relationships, the true cost of “having it all.” From celebrated playwright Wendy Wasserstein, this endearingly funny play is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner, newly resonant for a generation experiencing feminism through the lens of #MeToo and #TimesUp. “Resonates today as strongly, and at times as painfully, as [it] did when Wendy Wasserstein’s most celebrated play stormed Broadway in 1989.” – The New York Times

Tickets: General admission $25, Students/Youth Free. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein, Scot Reese


Andrew Schneider’s After at Clarice Smith, May 10-11

After
written and performed by Andrew Schneider

May 10 – 11, 2019

Fri, May 10, 2019 . 8:00PM
Sat, May 11, 2019 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre

“Hallucinatory. Psychotropic. Miraculous” (The New York Times). OBIE award-winning Andrew Schneider’s technical theater masterpiece examines in micro-detail the consuming and agonizing last burst of human thought before entering the afterlife. AFTER commands mind-bending light and sound effects, and pairs them with adept physical performances riddled with pathos, humor and intelligence. This sensitive inner monologue delves into the individual’s consciousness with spellbinding machinations that engage all the senses to construct a poignant clarification of where the human experience stops, how it gets there and what comes after.

Tickets: General admission $25, Students/Youth Free. Click here.

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


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Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Apr 7

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
April 7, 2018. 7:00PM

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


Weekday Players Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, May 8

Weekday Players Original Works Project

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 . 7:30 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The Weekday Players proudly presents their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Weekday Players, Original Works Project, World Premiere, Free Performance


Peter and the Wolf at Clarice Smith, June 24

Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
by Sergei Prokofiev
National Orchestra Institute + Festival

Sunday, June 24, 2018 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

In this family-friendly performance, members of the National Orchestral Institute perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and give their own imaginative musical interpretations of beloved children’s books.

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival brings together aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country for a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Chosen by a rigorous, cross-country audition process, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice and in the community.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf, National Orchestra Institute + Festival, Free Performance


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 7

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Friday, December 7, 2018 . 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Memorial Chapel

Returning for its 17th season, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story through lively readings and music that epitomizes hope, goodwill and joy.

Tickets: General admission $20, Seniors $15, Students/Youth $10. Click here. On the day of the performance, tickets will be available only at Memorial Chapel beginning at 7PM.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 9

The Muses – Original Works Project (Fall)
Sunday, December 9, 2018 . 3PM

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

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Muses, Original Works Project, Free performance, World Premiere


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