Antigone at Clarice Smith, Oct 6-13

Antigone at Clarice Smith, Oct 6-13

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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The Bitter Game at Milkboy Arthouse, Sep 27-28

The Bitter Game at Milkboy Arthouse, Sep 27-28

Keith A. Wallace (USA)
The Bitter Game
September 27-28, 2017. 8 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Milkboy Arthouse, 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park 20740

When Jamel’s mother discovers her young son playing with a toy gun, she knows it’s time to explain the rules of the game to him – the rules of surviving as a Black man in America. In this explosive solo performance combining verse, prose and “sh**-talkin’,” Keith A. Wallace draws on his own youth in Philadelphia to examine the effects of racism, the question of excessive force used by police, and the value of Black lives in this country. Co-created and directed by Deborah Stein.

Originally developed for La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival, The Bitter Game comes to The Clarice following its successful run at the Under the Radar Festival in New York City. The performance will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring campus and community activists and law enforcement representatives.

There will be a post-performance roundtable discussion of Baltimore and Beyond.

Tickets: General Admission: Reserved: $30+, General Admission: $25+, Student/Youth: $10

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GAZR: Life Does Not Live at Clarice Smith, Sep 16

GAZR: Life Does Not Live at Clarice Smith, Sep 16

James Allister Sprang
GAZR: Life Does Not Live

Saturday, September 16, 2017 . 8 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre

This theatrical and musical performance asks what role technology plays in the appropriation, amplification or suppression of others’ voices. Alone in his bedroom, GAZR the rapper, a persona of poet and performance artist James Allister Sprang, invites the audience to help him record a mixtape on his computer. With his screen projected for the audience, he explores Google, YouTube and other familiar digital spaces, pulling the audience into his imagination, allowing laughter and empathy to open up conversations about race, technology and the appropriation of voices.

James Allister Sprang is multi-disciplinary artist that thrives on the inner workings of language, making work that is a part of life as much as it is representational of it. Sprang has been featured in two HBO documentaries about the growth of young artists and has performed in venues such as the Apollo Theater, The Performing Garage, BHQFU, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Miami Art Museum, and The Gusman Theater of Miami.

Tickets: General Admission: $25+, UMD Student: Free tickets available on September 11, 2017. Click here.

Maryland Opera Studio presents Town Hall at Clarice Smith, Sep 16 at 6pm

Maryland Opera Studio presents Town Hall at Clarice Smith, Sep 16 at 6pm

Maryland Opera Studio: New Work Reading of Town Hall

Saturday, September 16, 2017 . 6 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall

In a small town, somewhere in America, a community gathers to ask their Senator questions about the politics of the day. But the conversation turns into a heated debate with mortal stakes when a retired librarian takes the event hostage, and forces a young intern to live-stream the proceedings on social media. Theo Popov (composer) and E.M. Lewis (librettist) are recipients of the Second Annual Opera Composition Commission, a partnership between the Maryland Opera Studio and the Artist Partner Program of The Clarice that supports the creation of new opera work. This performance is a preview of the completed work, which will premiere in February 2018.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required.

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NextNOW Fest at Clarice Smith, Sep 15-16

NextNOW Fest at Clarice Smith, Sep 15-16

NextNOW Fest

Friday, September 15, 2017. 6:00PM
Saturday, September 16, 2017. 6:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

NextNOW Fest is an arts festival for Terps, by Terps. Co-curated with student groups and on-campus departments, this artistic playground amplifies the voices of intriguing, inventive performing and visual artists from around campus and the country.

Often surprising, sometimes unconventional and always exciting, NextNOW Fest creates an unexpected festival experience at the creative hub of the performing arts at the University of Maryland.

Theatre events include: Big 10 New Play Reading: Twilight Bowl, Alumni Play Commissions and James Allister Sprang

Most events are Free, no tickets or RSVP required. Click here for more information.