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.

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


Upcoming Events:


Twelfth Night at Clarice Smith, Dec 1-3

The Maryland Shakespeare Players Present:
Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare

December 1 – 3, 2022
Thu, Dec 1, 2022 . 7:00PM
Fri, Dec 2, 2022 . 7:00PM
Sat, Dec 3, 2022 . 2:00PM
Sat, Dec 3, 2022 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

The Maryland Shakespeare Players present their Fall 2022 main stage production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night! Join us at the Kogod Theater in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for an entirely student-run 70’s So-Cal re-imagination of a timeless Shakespearean comedy featuring comments on love, gender roles, and power. Performances will be December 1st and 2nd at 7:30, and December 3rd at 2 and 7pm! No tickets or reservation required! Free to all guests. Donations are accepted! There will be one 15 minute intermission. Recommended for ages 12+. Content Advisory: Simulated Violence, Blood, Intimacy, Sexual Themes and Innuendos throughout.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare, The Maryland Shakespeare Players, Free Performance


Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Dec 3

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
December 3, 2022. 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required.

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.

Free, no tickets required.

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


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 9

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

Friday, December 9, 2022. 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In person.

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.

New Music Director of Choral Activities Jason Max Ferdinand continues the holiday tradition of bringing Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols to campus for its 21st year. Choirs, brass quintet and organ combine to bring the joy of the season to life with carols, hymns and spoken word that epitomize hope and goodwill.

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

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


Keep on Swingin’ at Clarice Smith, Dec 9 & 10

TDPS Experimental Performance Series #2
Keep on Swingin’
December 9, 2022. 7:30PM
December 10, 2022. 2:00PM & 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Join us in-person at The Clarice! Please note that this event will not be livestreamed.

The Experimental Performance Series presents new work by students in the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. More details coming soon.

Keep on Swingin’

A personal reflection on Roxanne “Roxy” King’s childhood and the inspirations that sparked joy within the art form of tap. Keep on Swingin’ dives into Roxy’s inner world through spoken word, dance, and media inspired by her life between kindergarten to fourth grade. This piece invites the audience to feel, participate, and reflect on harsh realities of young black girls having to grow up too fast.

Free, tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, TDPS, TDPS Experimental Performance Series


The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 11

The Muses – Original Works Project (Fall)
Sunday, December 11, 2022 . 3PM

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

Come see a variety of 10-minute staged readings of plays written, directed and performed by students!

Free, no tickets required

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

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


Toshi Reagon & Alarm Will Sound: Love Always & Cradle at Clarice Smith, Dec 11

Toshi Reagon & Alarm Will Sound: Love Always & Cradle
Sunday, December 11, 2022 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

“One of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (The New York Times), Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band that has established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic virtuosity. This matinee performance features the world premiere of  Love Always, commissioned by The Clarice, along with Alyssa Piper’s Cradle. 

Love Always, a song cycle co-created by Allison Loggins-Hull and Toshi Reagon, is rooted in long-standing African American traditions of elders writing letters to their children, and of storytelling through music, conversation and listening. Inspired by James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me,” Allison writes letters to her own son, which serve as the text in this piece and as a call for understanding to allow her son to navigate through this world. Toshi’s offering to this song cycle tells three of her stories: Toshi Seeger (her Godmother), Toshi Georgiana Widoff Woodson (her Goddaughter and Toshi herself.

Alyssa Pyper initially created Cradle as a solo work for violin, loop pedal and voice as part of a symbolic journey into the trauma of growing up queer, classically trained and Mormon. In equal part, the composition of the piece emerged through the composer’s dissonance with not only fundamentalist religion, but a pedagogy of classical violin dispersed through the frame of a perfectionist religious culture. Through a close mentorship, members of Alarm Will Sound co-created with Pyper a version of Cradle that allows for members of an ensemble to tap into its arc and participate in its call.

Pay what you wish. Click here.

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Toshi Reagon, Alarm Will Sound, Love Always, Cradle


Fearless New Play Festival at Clarice Smith, Feb 9-11

Fearless New Play Festival

February 9-11, 2023
Thu, Feb 9, 2023 . 07:00PM to 09:00PM
Fri, Feb 10, 2023 . 07:00PM to 09:00PM
Sat, Feb 11, 2023 . 07:00PM to 09:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies’ Fearless New Play Festival celebrates the development of new scripts that address the urgent issues our society faces today. Join TDPS as they lead the way into the future of American theater through readings of works in development written by past and present TDPS students!

Pay what you wish. Click here.

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Fearless New Play Festival


HotHouse at Clarice Smith, Feb 22-23

Baye & Asa: HotHouse

February 22 & 23, 2023 . 8PM
Wed, Feb 22, 2023 . 8:00PM
Thu, Feb 23, 2023 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Directed by Amadi ‘Baye’ Washington and Sam ‘Asa’ Pratt, Baye & Asa is a company creating movement art projects. The duo met when they were six years old––their long friendship giving them the freedom and safety to constantly disagree and expand each other’s artistic capacity. Their brotherhood nourishes the evolution of their work and the physical aggression in their choreography is a representation of their political rage and a yearning to personally implicate themselves. Hip-hop and African dance languages are the foundation of their technique. With it, they build theatrical metaphors, interrogate systemic inequities and contemporize ancient allegories.

Coming to The Clarice in 2022-23 is the duo’s new work HotHouse. ​​HotHouse is a commentary on confinement, a dance/theater performance, a durational installation and an exploration of how our failed response to COVID-19 has unmasked the greater systemic failures of America. It interrogates how and why inequities that predated the pandemic–in healthcare, housing, education, incarceration–erupted at the center of our political discourse.

Pay what you wish. Click here.

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, HotHouse, Amandi Baye Washington, Sam Asa Pratt, Baye & Asa


The Book Club Play at Clarice Smith, Feb 24-Mar 4

The Book Club Play
By Karen Zacarias
Directed by Fatima Quander

February 24 – March 4, 2023
Fri, Feb 24, 2023. 07:30PM
Sat, Feb 25, 2023. 07:30PM
Thu, Mar 2, 2023. 07:30PM
Fri, Mar 3, 2023. 07:30PM
Sat, Mar 4, 2023. 02:00PM
Sat, Mar 4, 2023. 07:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Literature and laughter take center stage! What happens when the devout members of a book club become the focus of a documentary film? Karen Zacarias’ witty comedy focuses on books and those who love them––and the quirky dynamics between them. By the end, you’ll feel like you’re a member of the book club yourself!

Pay what you wish. Click here.

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Book Club Play, Karen Zacarias, Fatima Quander


When Aliens Fall from the Sky at Clarice Smith, Mar 31

When Aliens Fall from the Sky–Work-in-Progress Reading
Friday, March 31, 2023 . 7PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

When Aliens Fall from the Sky is the long-awaited return to the stage of Tony Award winning poet and performance artist Lemon Andersen. Prepared for the Latinx diaspora, Anderson speaks truth to power of the unidentified and undocumented. He spits searing, insightful rhymes about the communities that are the bone marrow of our nation. A one-man show influenced by the autobiographical monologues of Spalding Gray, When Aliens Fall from the Sky is a rally cry for the melting pot of Latinidad to speak and act on the identity crisis in America and join in a collective path forward. Brown fisted, black skinned.

Created, Written and Performed by Lemon Andersen
Directed & Developed by Elise Thoron
Sound Design by Germán Martínez, with additional music by DJ Mode
Creative Producer: Paola Soto
Production Manager/Line Producer: Chisa Yamaguchi
Executive Producer: Rika Lino

Pay what you wish. Click here.

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, When Aliens Fall From the Sky, Lemon Andersen, Elise Thoron, Play Reading


Maryland Opera Studio presents Don Giovanni at Clarice Smith, Apr 14-23

Maryland Opera Studio presents:
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
Lorenzo Da Ponte, librettist
Craig Kier, conductor
Corinne Hayes, director
April 14-April 23, 2023

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

While fleeing the scene of his crime, the lascivious Don Giovanni commits an unimaginable murder. This depraved act unleashes hell itself in an opera that masterfully combines dark comedy with the darkest of acts. With themes that continue to resonate today, Mozart and Da Ponte create a world as troubling and complicated in our time as it was at its premiere. This opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. Under the direction of Craig Kier, the Maryland Opera Studio is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from classic repertoire to provocative new works, it is building contemporary audiences for opera and advancing the art form to sustain those audiences.

Pay what you wish. Click here.

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Craig Kier, Corinne Hayes


The Late Wedding at Clarice Smith, Apr 21

The Late Wedding
By Christopher Chen
Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer

April 21-28, 2023
Fri, Apr 21, 2023. 7:30PM
Sat, Apr 22, 2023. 2:00PM
Sat, Apr 22, 2023. 7:30PM
Wed, Apr 26, 2023. 7:30PM
Thu, Apr 27, 2023. 7:30PM
Fri, Apr 28, 2023. 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Inspired by the writings of Italian writer Italo Calvino, Christopher Chen presents a series of interconnected love stories that take place in a dialogue, a memory, a honeymoon, an interview, a rebellion, a spy hunt and a boat traveling through space. Revolving around a strange tribal custom for marriage, The Late Wedding leads audiences through an unpredictable, surprising and whimsical theatre experience.

Pay what you wish. Click here.

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, When Aliens Fall From the Sky, Lemon Andersen, Elise Thoron, Play Reading



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