Three Dutch troupes added to season at Theatre Project

May 13, 1992|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic

Three troupes from the Netherlands and three from Baltimore will highlight the 1992-'93 season at the Theatre Project as the theater initiates two major programs.

In the first, the Theatre Project will serve as manager for a project that will bring three Dutch companies to four U.S. cities annually for the next three years.

The second is the previously announced program of residences of three local alternative theater companies: Splitting Image, New Century Theater and Impossible Industrial Action.

Referring to both initiatives, Theatre Project director Philip Arnoult said yesterday, "Rarely is an audience able to see the evolution of artistic visions in this way."

The Dutch series will begin with two dance-theater pieces, "Amy and Anna" and "A Man in a Hurry" (Jan. 13-17) by Onafhankelijk Toneel of Rotterdam. This will be followed by "Black Blossom" (Feb. 10-14), in which Amsterdam choreographer Truus Bronkhorst will perform with three Surinamese Dutch dancers. The series concludes with Stuffed Puppet Theatre of Amsterdam presenting two related works about dominance and submission, Manipulator" and "Underdog" (April 14-18).

The Dutch project, which got off to an informal start this season, will receive major funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts of Philadelphia and the Dutch Ministry of Culture, Arnoult said. Besides Baltimore, the other participating cities are Atlanta, Philadelphia and New York.

The three local companies will each produce two-week runs of two productions. So far, however, the only confirmed title is New Century's adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's feminist novella, "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Jan. 27 to Feb. 7).

Although there are no definite plans to extend the local residencies beyond next season, Arnoult is looking forward to spurring future collaborations between the Baltimoreans and the Dutch. "I'm hoping there will be a real impact in the time the three Baltimore companies will be able to spend with the three Dutch companies," he said.

A model of just such an international collaboration will launch the upcoming season. "Daedalus in the Belly of the Beast" (Sept. 30 to Oct. 4) is an updated bilingual retelling of the Daedalus myth by Touchstone Theatre of Bethlehem, Pa., and Teatro La Memoria of Chile.

This will be followed by "Time and the Man" (Oct. 14-25), a comedy about a man trapped in immortality by Paul Clark, a British performer living in Amsterdam.

The season will also include repeat visits by two Theatre Project favorites: Australian Sarah Cathcart in "Walking on Sticks" (Nov. 11-22), a one-woman piece about an Australian tourist in war-torn Nicaragua, and the three-woman American Indian troupe, Spiderwoman Theatre, performing "Rev-er-ber-ber-ations" (March 24 to April 4), which was originally scheduled for the season now ending.

In addition, at least four other productions have yet to be announced. Continuing the Theatre Project's affiliation with Towson State University, Arnoult said one probable offering is department chair Maravene Loeschke's one-woman portrait of George Sand. He also hopes to bring back Double Edge Theatre, the Boston company founded by Baltimore native Stacy Klein, and he would like to present the work of another former Baltimorean, choreographer Amy Sue Rosen, whose latest piece, Discipledom," was recently presented at the Kitchen in New York.

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