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:

Antigone at Clarice Smith, Oct 6-13

Antigone
By Sophocles
Translated by Brendan Kennelly
Directed by Lisa Nathans

October 6 – 13, 2017.

Fri, Oct 6, 2017 . 7:30PM
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 . 2:00PM
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 . 7:30PM
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 . 2:00PM
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 . 7:30PM
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 . 7:30PM
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 . 7:30PM
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre

Antigone, a young woman, speaks truth to power, firmly convinced that she is right in following her moral imperative. Her King, Creon, is firmly convinced of the opposite – his law should be obeyed. This elemental ancient play about primordial human themes – honor, loyalty, love, betrayal and conviction – resonates as sharply and as damningly today as it did when it was written 2,500 years ago. This production will focus on the paradox of who is right versus who is wrong… Antigone or Creon? With the help of a modern Greek chorus, audiences will come to their own conclusions.

Note: Tickets to the evening performance on Saturday, October 7 include admission to a pre-show lecture by James Hollis, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, starting at 6:30pm. His lecture is entitled, “Antigone’s Dilemma: An Introduction to the Universality of Choice and Consequence.”

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

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Antigone, Sophocles, Brendan Kennelly, Lisa Nathans, James Hollis


Belarus Free Theatre presents Burning Doors at Clarice Smith, Oct 26-27

Belarus Free Theatre
BURNING DOORS
October 26-27, 2017. 8PM
with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina

Thu, Oct 26, 2017 . 8:00PM
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 . 8:00PM

PARENTAL ADVISORY: This performance contains nudity, adult language and scenes of a violent nature. Recommended for mature audiences.

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre

What happens when you’re declared an enemy of the state simply for making art? Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? And how do you survive in one of the most brutal prison systems in the world?


Featuring Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina in her stage debut, this blazing new contemporary theatre piece from the refugee-led Belarus Free Theater (BFT) draws on the company’s own experience of political oppression and continues their campaign to stand up for artistic freedom and human rights across the globe. BFT is the only theatre in Europe banned by its government on political grounds. It shares stories of persecuted artists, living under dictatorship, who will not be silenced.

Performed in Russian and Belarusian with English surtitles.

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

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Belarus Free Theatre, Burning Doors, Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina


Love and Information at Clarice Smith, Nov 10-18

Love and Information
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson

November 10 – 18, 2017

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 . 7:30PM
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 . 2:00PM
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 . 7:30PM
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 . 7:30PM
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 . 7:30PM
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 . 7:30PM
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 . 2:00PM
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre

Someone can’t get a signal. Friends debate the existence of God. A man has a secret. A scientist dissects a brain. A person is in love and that love can’t be reciprocated. Experiencing this kaleidoscope of vignettes is like watching a stranger’s Snapchats – the characters may be unfamiliar and unrelated to each other, but the emotions are instantly recognizable. In this relentlessly paced serio-comedy, celebrated British playwright Caryl Churchill ask show our infinite access to inspiring, mundane, crucial, insignificant information affects how we connect to each other – and ourselves.

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

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Love and Information, Caryl Churchill, Jennifer L Nelson


Maryland Opera Studio present La Clemenza di Tito at Clarice Smith, Nov 17-21

Maryland Opera Studio: La Clemenza di Tito
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
Caterino Mazzolà, librettist

November 17, 19, 20 & 21, 2017

Fri, Nov 17, 2017 . 7:30PM
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 . 3:00PM
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 . 7:30PM
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre

Mercy prevails over jealousy, revenge and an attempted murder that sets Rome on fire in Mozart’s last opera, La Clemenza di Tito. Commissioned for the coronation of the new King of Bohemia and premiered three months before the composer’s death, La Clemenza di Tito is an opera seria based on the life of the Roman Emperor Titus.

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

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, La Clemenza di Tito, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Caterino Mazzola, Opera


Zvi Sahar, Puppet Cinema presents Suddenly at Clarice Smith, Dec 1-2

Zvi Sahar, Puppet Cinema
Suddenly (based on stories by Etgar Keret)

December 1 & 2, 2017. 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre

Daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning.The living and the dead; dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness and compassion. We encounter a strangely endearing group of imprisoned misfits hell bent on holding a mirror up to nature and smashing it into smaller shards. The only way they can free themselves is to allow the release of these stories, no matter the cost.

Adapted from acclaimed Israeli author Etgar Keret’s book of short stories, this multimedia performance inventively combines puppetry, theatre and film, exploring what happens when the story begins to control the story teller.

The development of this piece began during Zvi Sahar’s teaching residency in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance studies in Spring 2017, working in collaboration with UMD students and faculty.

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

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Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Zvi Sahar, Puppet Cinema, Suddenly, Etgar Keret, Puppets


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


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 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,


Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Dec 7

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
December 7, 2016. 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


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