Maryland Opera Studio presents Four Freedoms at Clarice Smith, Feb 14

Maryland Opera Studio presents Four Freedoms at Clarice Smith, Feb 14

Opera New Work Reading: Four Freedoms
Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, February 14, 2020 . 7:30PM

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

Inspired by FDR’s 1941 State of the Union address — the “Four Freedoms” speech — Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.’s new opera explores these four philosophical pillars and our relationship to them now.

The New Work Reading marks the premiere of the winning piece from the fourth annual UMD Opera Composition Contest. The School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio and The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program established the UMD Opera Composition Contest in 2016 as part of their ongoing dedication to cultivating and performing new work that addresses socially relevant themes. Information about winning artists will be announced in the fall.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y Su Doble presents Feos at Clarice Smith, Feb 13-14

Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y Su Doble presents Feos at Clarice Smith, Feb 13-14

Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y Su Doble presents
FEOS
February 13 & 14, 2020 . 8PM

Thu, Feb 13, 2020 . 8:00PM
Fri, Feb 14, 2020 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

Teatro y Su Doble: FEOS

Inspired by Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti’s short story “La Noche de los Feos,” Chilean theater troupe Teatro y Su Doble tenderly and playfully express the unlikely meeting of two strangers in line at a movie theater. United by the loneliness caused by their physical deformities, the pair quickly realize that they have much in common. Drawing deeply mature emotions, Teatro y Su Doble craft beautiful scenes that touch the soul, despite—or, perhaps, due to—their fundamental strangeness.

Chilean theater troupe Teatro y Su Doble is a fiercely creative force. Its multimedia storytelling process borrows techniques from puppetry and animation to create a bold analog to traditional theater. “FEOS,” which debuted at Chile’s esteemed Santiago a Mil International Festival in 2015, refines this innovative approach.

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

A Doll House at Clarice Smith, Feb 7-15

A Doll House at Clarice Smith, Feb 7-15

A Doll House
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Kathryn Chase Bryer, director

February 7 – 15, 2020

Fri, Feb 7, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 8, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sun, Feb 9, 2020 . 2:00PM
Wed, Feb 12, 2020 . 7:30PM
Thu, Feb 13, 2020 . 7:30PM
Fri, Feb 14, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 15, 2020 . 2:00PM
Sat, Feb 15, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

Performed by an all-female cast, this production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic A Doll House questions the roles that society assigns to men and women. Set in late nineteenth-century Norway, the play follows Nora, a woman who seeks self-fulfillment and slams the door on the dollhouse that is her marriage. This fresh perspective on the classic play encourages audiences to question what has changed since 19th-century Europe through the interpretations of six women actors playing male and female characters.

Note: This production uses an alternative translation of the title, A Doll House, rather than the more commonly known title, A Doll’s House.

Join us for a post-performance discussion on Sunday, February 9 following the 2PM performance. Panelists TBD.

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

Opera Double Bill: Signor Deluso & Down in the Valley at Clarice Smith, Feb 7 & 9

Opera Double Bill: Signor Deluso & Down in the Valley at Clarice Smith, Feb 7 & 9

Opera Double Bill: Signor Deluso & Down in the Valley
by OperaTerps
February 7 & 9, 2020 . 8PM

Fri, Feb 7, 2020 . 8:00PM
Sun, Feb 9, 2020 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, general admission.

OperaTerps presents a double bill of Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso and Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley. As the School of Music’s first student-run opera company, OperaTerps provides undergraduate musicians the opportunity to participate in a major musical undertaking while enriching cultural life on campus and in the College Park community.

Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Susan at Clarice Smith, Feb 7-8

Susan at Clarice Smith, Feb 7-8

Ahamefule J. Oluo presents
Susan

February 7 & 8, 2020 . 8PM

Fri, Feb 7, 2020 . 8:00PM
Sat, Feb 8, 2020 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

After moving audiences at The Clarice in 2017, trumpeter, composer and comedian Ahamefule J. Oluo returns with “Susan,” a memoir delivered through wry comedic monologue and live, grand-scale big-band and jazz. This vulnerable theatrical work about his childhood tells the story of how his Midwestern mother was left to raise two bi-racial babies after the sudden departure of her husband, a Nigerian doctoral student. There’s obvious chemistry between Oluo’s singular voice and the grand creation of the music; at times, when the story is too painful for him, the ensemble carries the show. “Susan” is a category-defying reflection on how race, class, and appearance impact everyone—and how we play the hand that we’re dealt.

In 2002, after being selected as Town Hall Seattle’s first-ever artist-in-residence, Oluo realized he wanted to do something different. After years of performing and recording with prominent musicians like John Zorn, Hey Marseilles, Wayne Horvitz and Macklemore, Oluo knew he had his own story to tell—and the diverse set of skills to do it. During his time in residency, he began experimenting with blending big-band, jazz, standup and memoir to formulate a new musical and theatrical identity.

Tickets: Regular $30, Student/Youth $10. Click here.