What to Expect When You’re La Virgen – Staged Reading at Clarice Smith, Oct 9

What to Expect When You’re La Virgen – Staged Reading at Clarice Smith, Oct 9

Alina Collins Maldonado:
What to Expect When You’re La Virgen –– Staged Reading

October 9, 2022
Sun, Oct 9, 2022 . 2:00PM
Sun, Oct 9, 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.

DC area actor, director and theater educator Alina Collins Maldonado brings her latest work, What to Expect When You’re La Virgen, to the Kogod Theatre for a staged reading. A very pregnant Virgen de Guadalupe wakes up on December 12 to work her first feast day as La Virgen. Excited to answer calls for help, she discovers she may not be cut out for the job after receiving overwhelming prayers from Latinx mothers and daughters. How can she help them understand their worth when she’s beginning to question her own? Inspired by real interviews and conversations with Latinx women, this solo piece examines identity, cultural expectations and traditions passed down through generations. Collins Maldonado began developing this project as part of the 2020-21 NextLOOK season through The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium and has continued development this year as a Clarice Artist in Residence.

This event is part of the Visiting Artist Series. The Clarice’s Visiting Artist Series features regional, national and international artists who visit the University of Maryland for performances and other activities. Beyond the stunning work these artists bring to the stage, they are also committed to extensive engagement that creates exciting connections with students and the community. During their time at UMD, Alina will have engaged in: Class visits to students in the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies; and Storytelling circles with members of our local community.

Health + Safety: Patrons attending University of Maryland arts events are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. We continue to encourage audiences to wear a mask and stay current with vaccinations and boosters. Please see our Health & Safety information page for information about what to expect during your visit.

Tickets: Pay What You Wish. Click here.

How Can I Say This So You Will Stay? at Bowie State University, Sep 3

How Can I Say This So You Will Stay? at Bowie State University, Sep 3

BSU Theatre Presents:
How Can I Say This So You Will Stay?
Morgan McGuire is the playwright, and Susan Einhorn is the dramaturg and director.

September 3, 2019 at 7:30pm

Fine and Performing Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, Bowie State University.

“How Can I Say This So You Will Stay” is a fantastical journey through the research of Bowie State University’s Dr. Jacquelyn Sweeney and Kent State University’s Dr. Amy Damrow. The play follows a group of student teachers thrust into an academic study on the difficult dialogues we try to avoid in life with those who hold different ideological spaces than we do.

As the students delve into topics ranging from Black Lives Matter to the contentious 2016 election, the ways their politicized identities play out in their everyday lives become clearer to them and to those around them. The questions of who we really are and the tension that creates with the world around us come to the forefront. Do we stay in the room with that tension or do we leave? How can we stay?

The staged reading of this new play is funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Tickets: Free

Contact: Jacquelyn Sweeney
jsweeney@bowiestate.edu
301-860-3139

Fearless New Play Festival at Clarice Smith, Mar 7-9

Fearless New Play Festival at Clarice Smith, Mar 7-9

Fearless New Play Festival
March 7 – 9, 2019

Thu, Mar 7, 2019 . 7:00PM
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 . 7:00PM
Sat, Mar 9, 2019 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre.

TDPS’s Fearless New Play Festival is a three-day celebration of new scripts in development. The festival will kick off with a panel speech from a keynote playwright of national renown. After a week of workshops, participants will present: (1) a staged reading of the keynote playwright’s newest play, (2) staged readings of new ten-minute plays by current students, and (3) a showcase of new short plays by alumni, followed by a closing night celebration.

The selected current student plays are:
Bread & Roses by Yiwen Feng
Dakota by Olivia Litteral
Delilah Revisited by Jared Strange
Standardized by Jasmine Mitchell
Twenty Down by Jamie Bokman
Pleonasm by Jordan Resnick
I Don’t by Jordan Ealey
Szia Ruth by Amber Smithers

The selected alumni plays are:
CrossFit WonderWoman by Sam Mauceri (BA Theatre ’15)
Ceasefire by Avery Collins (BA Theatre ’16)
What to do When You’re Suicidal but You Can’t Fight Fascists When You’re Dead by Natalie Ann Valentine (BA Theatre ’13)
Field Glass by Martin Thompson (BA Theatre ’15)
It’s a Queer Thing by Radcliffe Adler (BA Theatre ’18)
The White Talk by Whitney Geohagan (BA Theatre ’18)
Terrible Lizard by Megan Meinero (BA Theatre ’12)
Sweet Dreams by Nikki Lust (BA Theatre ’17)

Tickets: General admission $10, Students Free. Click here.

Fearless New Play Festival Kickoff at Clarice Smith, Feb 17

Fearless New Play Festival Kickoff at Clarice Smith, Feb 17

Fearless New Play Festival
February 17 & March 7 – 9, 2019

Kickoff: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 . 1:00PM

Performances:
Thu, Mar 7, 2019 . 7:00PM
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 . 7:00PM
Sat, Mar 9, 2019 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre.

TDPS’s Fearless New Play Festival is a three-day celebration of new scripts in development. The festival will kick off with a panel speech from a keynote playwright of national renown. After a week of workshops, participants will present: (1) a staged reading of the keynote playwright’s newest play, (2) staged readings of new ten-minute plays by current students, and (3) a showcase of new short plays by alumni, followed by a closing night celebration.

The selected current student plays are:
Bread & Roses by Yiwen Feng
Dakota by Olivia Litteral
Delilah Revisited by Jared Strange
Standardized by Jasmine Mitchell
Twenty Down by Jamie Bokman
Pleonasm by Jordan Resnick
I Don’t by Jordan Ealey
Szia Ruth by Amber Smithers

The selected alumni plays are:
CrossFit WonderWoman by Sam Mauceri (BA Theatre ’15)
Ceasefire by Avery Collins (BA Theatre ’16)
What to do When You’re Suicidal but You Can’t Fight Fascists When You’re Dead by Natalie Ann Valentine (BA Theatre ’13)
Field Glass by Martin Thompson (BA Theatre ’15)
It’s a Queer Thing by Radcliffe Adler (BA Theatre ’18)
The White Talk by Whitney Geohagan (BA Theatre ’18)
Terrible Lizard by Megan Meinero (BA Theatre ’12)
Sweet Dreams by Nikki Lust (BA Theatre ’17)

Tickets:
Kickoff Feb 17: Free, tickets are required. Performances Mar 7-9: General admission $10, Students Free. Click here.

19-The Musical at the New Deal Cafe, Sep 17

19-The Musical at the New Deal Cafe, Sep 17

Through the 4th Wall and Reel and Meal presents a staged reading of:
19-The Musical
at The New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 7pm

New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt

We offer a delicious vegan meal for $14 at 6:30pm. Please RSVP to reelandmeal@newdealcafe.com if you are joining us for dinner. The free performance starts at 7pm.

Location: New Deal Cafe – 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD

19 is the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, the suffragists and their fight to get women the right to vote — the 19th Amendment.

This special live production is performed by local award-winning theater, film and media company Through the 4th Wall. Original song, dance and spoken word bring to life the heroines and challenges of this historic effort. 19 highlights the work of playwrights Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw and the original music of Charlie Barnett.

Following the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the craft of this production with the playwrights and composer.

For the past 11 years, Reel and Meal and the New Deal Cafe have been mutually beneficial partners. Reel and Meal, 11 years ago, was instrumental in raising funds through its program, which were then used to pay the rent for the New Deal Cafe. Since 2007, the program has evolved as has the New Deal. Currently, volunteers cook and serve the vegan meal allowing the program to raise money to continue to support the New Deal.

Reel and Meal thanks the New Deal Cafe for 11 years of hosting its film program. Reel and Meal would also like to thank its loyal and always evolving audience and the Greenbelt community which has made Reel and Meal a longterm success. Additional thanks are owed to the Greenbelt News Review for their ongoing inclusion of our events in this weekly newspaper.

Thanks to all! We look forward to more years of community partnering, networking and highlighting issues impacting our society and planet, with all of its inhabitants.