UMBC puts 'Hamlet' on wheels next weekend
Shakespeare on Wheels, the traveling theater of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, launches its 10th anniversary season with a production of "Hamlet" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Fine Arts Hillside of the UMBC campus, 5401 Wilkens Ave. Scheduled to visit 29 sites in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington in the next three months, Shakespeare on Wheels uses a portable stage mounted on a 40-foot flatbed trailer.
For "Hamlet," directed by Sam McCready, the stage will be fitted with a rusted metal set, designed by William T. Brown and intended to suggest the deteriorating royal Danish court. Elena Zlotescu's costume designs combine a period feel with a modern shape and texture. Besides next weekend's debut, "Hamlet" will be performed at these Baltimore-area sites: Coppin State College, July 5-6; Wyman Park Dell, July 12; Leakin Park, Aug. 8; Maryland National Guard Amory, Pikesville, Aug. 24-25; and again at UMBC, Oct. 8-9. Most performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, call (410) 455-2917.
@ Lormina Salter was a founding member of the Baltimore Clayworks who died in 1982. Subsequently, her family established the Lormina Salter Fellowship, given annually to a clay artist. In addition to a stipend, studio space and supplies for a year, the fellowship includes an exhibition of the artist's work. Adriana Baler, a native of Argentina currently living in Rockville, is this year's recipient, and is currently showing her work. It is sculptural, non-figurative but organic looking, with an emphasis on surface, form, texture and bright colors. Her works, including the one in the accompanying photograph, are untitled. The show, called "Sublime Intuition," runs through July 8 at the Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave. For more information, call (410) 578-1919.
John Dorsey Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's megahit, "Les Miserables," returns to the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre Tuesday for its third engagement. The $4.2 million touring production will play a one-month run here. Based on Victor Hugo's epic novel, the 1987 Tony Award-winning musical has been seen by more than 30 million people in 20 countries including Czechoslovakia, Iceland and Japan. The show has grossed more than $850 million worldwide.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 23. (Audio-described performances are 2 p.m. July 2 and 8 p.m. July 5; sign-interpreted performances are 8 p.m. July 6 and 2 p.m. July 9). Tickets are $39.50-$54.50. For more information, call (410) 625-1400; TDD: (410) 625-1407.
J. Wynn Rousuck