Drama about apartheid due at Theatre Project
"The Orange Earth: Times in the Mind of Johnny Adams," a drama about apartheid by South African poet, philosopher and playwright Adam Small, opens a two-week run at the Theatre Project on Wednesday.
Produced and performed by the Seven Stages theater company of Atlanta, "The Orange Earth" is set in a prison and a courtroom. But "more importantly," the playwright says, "it takes place in the mind" of a fictitious political prisoner accused of planting a bomb.
"The Orange Earth" will be presented at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. though Nov. 11. Tickets are $10 to $16, with a limited number of free tickets available to Baltimore city public school teachers and students. For more information call 752-8558. Handel is the dark horse among the great composers and nothing has shed more light upon this important and misunderstood figure than the annual Maryland Handel Festival and Conference. The festival, which celebrates its 10th year Wednesday to next Sunday at the University of Maryland in College Park, once again will draw great performers of Baroque music -- conductor Nicholas McGegan and cellist Anner Bylsma, among others -- and present rarely heard works (the repertory includes the opera "Agrippina" and the sacred drama "Joseph and His Brethren").
What is a little different this year is that the festival's first concert will be presented in Baltimore at Meyerhoff Hall. On Wednesday at 8 p.m. conductor Paul Traver, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and a distinguished cast of soloists including tenor John Aler and soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson will perform "Messiah." Tickets, at the box office, are $11, $15 and $20. For further information about the festival's concerts and lectures, call (301) 405-5568.
Stephen Wigler Author, musician and performance artist Ed Sanders will read and perform his works on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Maryland Institute, College of Art's Mount Royal Station Auditorium.
Mr. Sanders, a native of Woodstock, N.Y., and the author of nine books of poetry, three books of fiction and six books of non-fiction, has created many experimental musical instruments and has recorded his works with his theater group, The Fugs.
On Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., he will present a workshop at the institute titled "The Visuality of Verse: A Day with Ed Sanders," intended to show participants how to transform poems from words a page to visual presentations. Admission to Thursday's performance is $5. The fee for the workshop is $60. Call 225-2219.