Theatre in Woods planned

April 09, 1993|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer

A new and exciting option for theatergoers is about to appear on the Annapolis scene: Theatre in the Woods is coming!

Theatre in the Woods is the brainchild of the gifted director T. G. Cooper, the Howard University professor whose Pamoja troupe will become the theater's ensemble in residence.

Performances will be Thursday through Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees at the picturesque Unitarian Church set in a wooded lot off Dubois Road in Annapolis.

The new theater will open May 27 with "Bojangles," Cooper's own musical docudrama on the life of the real Mr. Bojangles, Bill Robinson. Dave Calloway, a Broadway hoofer extraordinaire, will come to town to appear in the title role.

The second offering of the season will be "Amen Corner," James Baldwin's story of love, lust and rebellion in the church. It will open July 22 and play through Aug. 8.

"El Haji Malik," a poetic choreographed account of the life of Malcolm X, will open in late August, to be followed in October by the playwright Countee Cullen's adaptation of Euripidean drama, Medea in Africa."

It's stimulating fare to be sure but, according to Cooper, there will be even more. "We're trying to make each performance an event," he says enthusiastically. "Our subscribers will get a wonderful dinner. We're going to have vendors displaying their wares. . . . We really hope we can bring something special to the community."

In between shows, there may even be jazz. "We'd like to devote a couple of nights a month to some first-class jazz," Cooper says. "We're already in touch with some producers. I tell you, it's going to be a great season."

Information: 267-6966.

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