Machinal at Clarice Smith, Feb 18 & 20, Online

Machinal at Clarice Smith, Feb 18 & 20, Online

By Sophie Treadwell
Brian MacDevitt, director

February 18 & 20, 2021 . 7:30PM
Thu, Feb 18, 2021 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 20, 2021 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

Written and set in New York City during the Prohibition Era, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal is based loosely on the trial of Ruth Snyder, who murdered her husband in the 1920s. The story traces the life of a young woman navigating the twisting corridors of mental illness in an increasingly mechanized world. This production’s cinematic, expressionistic storytelling alternates between feelings of darkness and oppression and expressions of love, light and beauty.

“…a rare and disturbing beauty.”—Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Tickets: Free; Tickets Required. Click here.

The Visit at Clarice Smith, Sep 28-Oct 5

The Visit at Clarice Smith, Sep 28-Oct 5

The Visit
Written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Translated by Maurice Valency
Brian MacDevitt, director
Leigh Wilson Smiley, acting coach
Kendra Portier, choreographer

September 28 – October 5, 2019

Sat, Sep 28, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Sep 29, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sun, Sep 29, 2019 . 7:30PM
Wed, Oct 2, 2019 . 7:30PM
Thu, Oct 3, 2019 . 7:30PM
Fri, Oct 4, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

Under what circumstances can a society skew their morality for comfort and personal gain? Set in the fictitious town of Güllen, experience the story of a woman’s revenge on a community that cast her out when she was pregnant and impoverished. This allegorical dark comedy features a village of citizens—set into motion as a mob of dancing birds, whose sweeping murmurations turn ferocious. The play arcs from absurdist to barbarous in order to question what happens when civil ethics, personal morality, patriarchal rule, justice and democracy go amok.

“A small masterpiece of misanthropy…a grotesque fable whose icy laughter and bizarre fantastical sideshows…reflect its Swiss author’s proximity to both the Holocaust and the accompanying absurdist revolution in theater…. A nightmare about democracy, Dürrenmatt’s play will always be pertinent.” — The New York Times

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Spring Awakening at Clarice Smith, Feb 28-Mar 8

Spring Awakening at Clarice Smith, Feb 28-Mar 8

Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Books & Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik

February 28 – March 8, 2014

Directors Brian MacDevitt, Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig

Presented By: Clarice Smith Center
Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Kay Theatre. Reserved Seating.

Parental Advisory: Adult themes.

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Regular: $30
Subscriber: $24
Senior Citizen: $25
UMD Alumni Association: $25
UMD Faculty & Staff: $24
Students & Youth: $10

Fri, Feb 28, 2014 . 7:30PM
Sat, Mar 1, 2014 . 7:30PM
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 . 2:00PM
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 . 7:30PM
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 . 7:30PM
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 . 7:30PM
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 . 2:00PM
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 . 7:30PM


Spring Awakening is based on a controversial 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, which was banned for a time in Germany because of its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide.

The rock musical caused a sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 2006. Set in late 19th-century Germany, it tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality.

Alternative and folk-infused rock music capture and reflect the emotional essence of the timeless experience of coming of age.

The production is being co-directed by Tony Award-winning lighting designer and TDPS faculty member Brian MacDevitt in partnership with dance faculty members Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig, a testament to the genre-blurring dynamic of the school.

SPRING AWAKENING is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019; Phone: 212-541-4684; Fax: 212-396-4684;