Director Michael Greif going to La Jolla

ARTS NOTES

March 13, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Michael Greif, who is directing "The Loman Family Picnic" at Center Stage, has been named the new artistic director of La Jolla Playhouse in California.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Greif, 34, has directed at theaters across America. In addition to working at Center Stage and at the La Jolla Playhouse, he has directed productions at Chicago's Remains Theatre, the Hartford Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Dallas Theater Center and at New York's Second Stage, Public Theatre and Naked Angels Theatre.

In 1989, Mr. Greif resurrected Sophie Treadwell's 1928 drama "Machinal" at the Naked Angels Theatre in Manhattan. After seeing the production, Joseph Papp invited him to be a director in residence at Papp's Public Theatre, where his restaging of "Machinal" won a Drama Desk Award nomination and an Obie Award.

Mr. Greif first worked as an assistant director at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1983 as a graduate student in the directing program at the University of California, San Diego. He will become director-in-residence at the Playhouse beginning with the 1995 season. Des McAnuff, artistic director since the theater's 1983 revival, will remain in that position through the 1994 season.

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Writer and performer Ntozake Shange will read from her work at 7 p.m. Thursday in Levering Hall of the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St.

Best known for her play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," Ms. Shange has also written two novels: "Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo" and "Betsey Brown," and several books of poetry. She also performs with her band "Syllable" as well as with other musicians and dance companies. She teaches literature at Rice University.

The reading, staged in the Arellano Theater of Levering Hall, is free to the public. For details, call (410) 516-5435.

Auditions

* Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College will hold auditions for its tuition-free fall session at 5 p.m. March 24 at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Prospective clowns must be at least 17 years old and able to travel. No previous experience is necessary. For details, call (800) 755-9637. The circus is also looking for female dancers at least 18 years old, who are high-school graduates and have a strong dance background, preferably in jazz, modern and ballet. Leotard and tights are suggested for the audition. Personality, appearance and ability to learn routines are important. Auditions are also scheduled at 5 p.m. March 24 at the Baltimore Arena. Call (800) 755-9637.

* The Jewish Community Center's Jewish Repertory Theater will hold auditions for its June production of "Beau Jest" from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 20 and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 21 in the Straus Auditorium of the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. The production, directed by Bruce Bowen, calls for three men, ages 20 to 30; one man, age 50 to 70; one woman, age 20 to 30, and one woman, age 50 to 70. For details, call (410) 356-5200, Ext. 323.

* Auditions for the Talent Machine Company's summer youth show are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Severn Town Room of the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis. The production calls for children ages 7 to 15. Those auditioning should bring sheet music or an accompaniment tape for the audition song. For details about the auditions, call (410) 956-0512.

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Nataska Hasan, a Baltimore actress, singer and storyteller, performs on the soundtrack of Haile Gerima's film "Sankofa," which is playing at Westview Cinema. Ms. Hasan and her sister, Baltimore songwriter and children's author Rashida Forman-Bey, wrote one of the movie's songs: "You Don't Know How it Feels, Can't Love Your Own."

"Sankofa," a West African word that means "one must return to the past in order to move to the future," is a story about the history of slavery and the struggle for freedom of millions of Africans.

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Resurgam Gallery in South Baltimore is accepting entries for its second annual open exhibition, a fine-art show juried by Dan Dudrow, professor of art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. The deadline for entries is April 29. For a prospectus, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Resurgam Gallery, 910 S. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21230. For details, call (410) 962-0513.

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