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Women in the Dark

Peabody Chamber Opera

Thu February 16 - Sun February 19

The Peabody Chamber Opera returns to Theatre Project with Women in the Dark, three short operas about various situations in which a woman or women are 'in the dark.'

Sukey in the Dark - Composer: Thomas Whitman / Librettist: Nathalie Anderson

Whitman based his piece on Swarthmore writer Nathalie Anderson's telling of the Cupid and Psyche legend. His title singer explains to her sisters that while she's been married to Eros for a year, she has never seen him except in the dark. They goad her into breaking her promise not to disturb the arrangement, and they use a lantern to look at this gorgeous hunk as he sleeps. He is masked, even in sleep, but as love conquers all, he pulls off his mask, kisses Sukey, and brings their life to an earthly normality. Maybe.

Naomi in the Living Room - Composer: Jonathan Holland, based on a short story by Christopher  Durang

Holland's 25-minute romp, based on Christopher Durang's surreal story, is a snapshot of a son's return with his wife to visit his mother. The mother is bouncing off the furniture and rolling on the floor, declaiming, muttering, forgetting, while the young people scarcely get in a word. When the son excuses himself to change clothes and returns dressed identically with his wife, the visit ends, and Mama decides it was an interesting visit.  The music so perfectly explains the scatterbrains on stage that an audience must feel that, yes, they know them, they live here in the neighborhood.

Anon - Music & Words: Errollyn Wallen

Anon is the secret journey of millions of women, a journey continuing every day, in the shadows. You will be immersed in this new opera as you travel through hidden worlds and find yourself at the centre of heartbreaking stories. Anon is written by Paralympic Games opening ceremony composer Errollyn Wallen.

As part of the creative process Welsh National Opera worked with Errollyn leading workshops in schools and universities in Birmingham to hear about some of the real life challenges young women have faced in today’s world. They also undertook interviews with sex workers to uncover their stories and struggles. This work is especially relevant and resonant for young adults. Contains some adult content.

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Showtimes:
Thursday Feb 16 7:30 pm
Friday Feb 17 7:30 pm
Saturday Feb 18 7:30 pm
Sunday Feb 19 3:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
General Admission $25.00
Senior $15.00
Student $10.00


What's Going On

Marvin Gaye is coming home

Dance Place and Vincent Thomas/VTDance

Sat March 4 - Sun March 5

A new full-length dance piece set to the ground-breaking music of Marvin Gaye looks at life, love and social justice.

Vincent E. Thomas looks through the lens of Marvin Gaye’s transcendent music and finds a reflection of the world today. Taking inspiration from 1971’s inimitable What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye’s insights into life, love and social justice are given fresh perspectives with new choreography by Vincent E. Thomas, Ralph Glenmore and Sylvia Soumah. This evening-length work features Modern, Jazz and West African dance. What’s Going On seeks to provoke reflection and spark conversations to ignite change in each community it touches.

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Showtimes:
Saturday Mar 4 8:00 pm
Sunday Mar 5 3:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
General Admission $23.00
Sen/Art/Mil $18.00
Student $13.00


Todd Marcus Quintet, Quartet, and Trio

Fri March 10 - Sun March 12

Bass clarinetist, composer, and bandleader Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus their work primarily on the bass clarinet. Though use of bass clarinet in jazz typically leans heavily towards avant-garde and free-jazz styles, Marcus’ straight-ahead playing has carved out a unique voice for the instrument in modern jazz. His music swings hard with both a fiery and introspective intensity but also maintains a strong lyrical sensibility.

Based in Baltimore, MD, Marcus actively leads small ensembles such as the Todd Marcus Quartet, Trio, and Duo as well as his nine piece band The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra on original compositions and jazz standards.

March 10-12 Theatre Project features the range of Marcus’ diverse work by presenting three of his different ensembles including:

March 10 - Todd Marcus Quintet  with bass clarinet, vibraphone, piano, bass and drums. The performance will feature compositions written by Marcus to capture elements of his west Baltimore neighborhood where the death of community member Freddie Grey in April 2015 led to the city's subsequent civil unrest. As a musician who has also worked as a community activist in his neighborhood for 20 years (at his nonprofit Intersection of Change), Marcus' new compositions seek to portray both the challenges and strengths of his community and find beauty in each.

March 11 - Todd Marcus Quartet with bass clarinet/clarinet, piano, bass, and drums featuring music from the band’s 2012 album Inheritance with jazz standards and Marcus’ original compositions that uniquely incorporate Middle Eastern influences into jazz. Includes music performed by Marcus in Egypt at the 2015 Cairo Jazz Festival.

March 12 - Todd Marcus Trio with bass clarinet/clarinet, bass, and drums featuring compositions by Marcus, Sonny Rollins, and Bennie Maupin. The trio showcases Marcus’ harmonically rich improvising and highlights his work transforming the bass clarinet from an obscure peripheral instrument to one of power and intricacy capable of strongly leading a driving small group format.

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This production is made possible by grant from the Maryland State Arts Council Touring Program.

 
Showtimes:
Friday Mar 10 8:00 pm
Saturday Mar 11 8:00 pm
Sunday Mar 12 3:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
General Admission $25.00
Sen/Art/Mil $20.00
Student $15.00


Impacting Spaces

Deep Vision Dance Company, RebollarDance, ReallivePeople

Fri March 17 - Sat March 18

Deep Vision Dance Company (Baltimore), RebollarDance (DC), and RealLivePeople (Philadelphia) go on a collaborative, three-city tour.  Presenting works in their beloved home cities and that of each other’s, the companies investigate “space” in unique ways – the space of creation, psychological spaces, and the perceived space between us.  Deep Vision’s Matter, Energy, Human delves into the nature of human existence and our connection to the greater universe.  RebollarDance’s Space Junk parallels the folds of space-time with psychological spaces of the mind.  RealLivePeople’s Presenting: You First, with the hope for reciprocation investigates the tenacious, inner conflict of identity as a motivating force for social behavior.  Imaginative, athletic, and rich in detail, Impacting Spaces addresses universal concepts and drives audiences to reflect on the visible and invisible world around us.

Deep Vision Dance Company’s Matter, Energy, Human delves into the intersections between quantum physics, metaphysical theory, and the human experience.  Each section uncovers the visual beauty of unfolding physical phenomena while illuminating the complex, yet delicate, human condition – physically, emotionally, spiritually, and as a universal whole. Deepak Chopra’s writings in Everyday Immortality: A Concise Course in Spiritual Transformation impact the connective fabric of the work.  Audiences witness two storylines – (1) energy and matter and (2) the seemingly concrete human experience – that parallel, impact, weave, crescendo, and eventually converge.  Collaborator Timothy Nohe composes the evolving, oscillating sound score.

RebollarDance’s Space Junk is the result of an intensive collaborative process of experimentation between movement, light and sound, an original score based on mechanical algorithms, and unusual use of lighting design and projection.  Space Junk, astronomy’s definition of orbital debris created by humans, is used by RebollarDance as a metaphor for the rubble that lives and dies within our minds as past experiences, outdated ideas and misfired thoughts.  The work highlights the dialogue of the body as it negotiates interplanetary worlds and psychological spaces.

RealLivePeople shares Presenting: You First, with the hope for reciprocation, a highly physical and personal duet between Artistic Director Gina Hoch-Stall and Philadelphia dance artist Scott McPheeters. Presenting originally premiered at the 2014 “Evening of Duets” in University City, Philadelphia.  In March 2015, it was selected for the opening night gala at the American College Dance Association conference at West Chester University. These early performances encouraged co-choreographers Gina Hoch-Stall and Scott McPheeters to push further into the territories of identity, social status, “winning someone over” and how to do your best. Facilitated by dramaturge Sara Nye, the expanded version probes into the darker side of being a “people pleaser” and compromising oneself for outside approval.

** There will be a Pre/Post Reception on Saturday **

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Showtimes:
Friday Mar 17 8:00 pm
Saturday Mar 18 8:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
General Admission $23.00
Sen/Art/Mil $18.00
Student $13.00


Fairytales and Other Nonsense

Quest Visual Theatre

Fri March 24 - Sat March 25

 

Internationally acclaimed Quest Visual Theatre performs the United States premiere of Fairytales & Other Nonsense, a family friendly non-verbal production that takes audiences on a whimsical and hilarious journey through classic tales they all now. Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs, and another classic fairytales and children stories find their way into this whacky production. Fairytales... features performances by members of Quest's Wings Company, an ensemble of Deaf, hard of hearing, performers that travels nationally and internationally performing and teaching. Fairytales and Other Nonsense premiered in Vienna, Austria and later appeared in Vancouver, Canada. Be prepared to laugh yourself silly.

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Showtimes:
Friday Mar 24 8:00 pm
Saturday Mar 25 2:00 pm
Saturday Mar 25 8:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
General Admission $23.00
Sen/Art/Mil $18.00
Student $13.00