Musical revue to benefit paralyzed local actorMembers of...

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November 11, 1990|By Eric Siegel

Musical revue to benefit paralyzed local actor

Members of the local theater community are holding a benefit tomorrow night for Rob McQuay, a popular local actor paralyzed from the waist down last summer while swimming in the surf off Ocean City.

The musical revue -- featuring several local actors -- will be performed at the Burn Brae Dinner Theater in Montgomery County.

Mr. McQuay -- who lives in Catonsville with his actress wife, Chan, 2 1/2 -year-old son Daniel and infant daughter Mary Margaret -- has spent the last several weeks in the University of Maryland's Shock-Trauma unit and the National Rehabilitation Center in Washington, according to Vicki Sussman, one of the coordinators of the benefit. He can use his arms but the chances of full recovery are slim, she said.

Mr. McQuay, 28, has appeared at area theaters in leading roles in such productions as "Evita," "Barnum" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." He was also a member of "Professor Bodywise and the Traveling Menagerie," a children's troupe.

Although Mr. McQuay's Actor's Equity insurance will cover most of his hospital costs, the family still faces substantial costs in making their house handicapped-accessible and buying and equipping a special van, said Ms. Sussman, who is general manager of Olney Theater.

The benefit show -- entitled "A Step in Time" -- will be performed at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 924-4485.

Kennedy photographs

The Peabody Institute is holding a preview next Sunday of an exhibit of little-known photographs of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, taken in the spring of 1954.

The photographs are part of the Max G. Lowenherz Collection of Kennedy Photographs, donated to the Peabody last year. They were taken in 20 separate sessions less than a year after the couple was married, when John Kennedy was a member of the Senate.

The preview, which is expected to be attended by some members of the Kennedy family, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Peabody's Galleria Piccola. Tickets are $50 per person, including a champagne reception, with the proceeds going to help match a $150,000 Ford Foundation grant to support minority students at the conservatory.

The photographs will be on display to the public from Nov. 19 to Jan. 18. For more information about the preview, call 659-8163.

DaCamera Singers

The DaCamera Singers, a local chamber chorus, will present a concert of American music Thursday at 8 p.m. in Loyola College's McManus Theater.

The concert, under the direction of the chorus' founder and artistic director, Ernest Liotti, will include works by Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Samuel Barber and others.

Tickets are $6 general admission; $3 for students and seniors. For information, call 323-1010, Ext. 2817.

A Russian is coming

The Theatre Project has received a $15,650 foundation grant to support a collaborative project with Theatre Buffo, a Leningrad cabaret company that opened the theater's 1990-'91 season.

The grant by the New York-based Trust for Mutual Understanding will create a new version of a one-man show being performed by Gennady Vetrov in the Soviet Union. Philip Arnoult, Theatre Project founder and artistic director, will serve as dramaturg -- advisor to the director -- of the production.

Invitation to artists

The McDonogh School's Tuttle Gallery is calling for entries in the 1991 McDonogh Annual Juried Exhibit, scheduled to open in May.

To enter, artists should send five slides of their work -- labeled with the name, date, medium and dimensions of the work -- along with a resume and self-addressed stamped envelope to Tuttle Gallery, McDonogh School, McDonogh, Md. 21117-0380. The deadline for entries for the exhibit, open to artists from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia, is Dec. 14, and there is no application fee.

The competition will be judged by Barry Schwabsky, critic and editor of Arts magazine. His decision will be announced by mid-February.

For more information, call 581-4718.

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