Islamic-art scholar is coming to Walters


November 13, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

Marianna Shreve Simpson, a scholar of Islamic and Near Eastern Art in Washington, has been named the new assistant director for curatorial affairs at the Walters Art Gallery.

Currently curator of Islamic Near Eastern Art at the Freer and Sackler galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Simpson will begin her new job in March. She succeeds Gary Vikan, who became director of the museum.

In addition, Dr. Simpson will serve the Walters in the newly created post of Curator of Islamic Art.

A specialist in the medieval Islamic arts of the book, particularly Persian illustrated manuscripts, the 44-year-old scholar has published widely in her field. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.

Since coming to the Freer/Sackler in 1992, she has organized a number of exhibitions, including "The Art of Painting a Story: Narrative Images from Iran." Previously, she worked at the Center for Advanced Study in Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art.

In the early 1970s, Dr. Simpson worked at the Baltimore Museum of Art in its registrarial and curatorial departments. She lives in the Tuscany-Canterbury section of Baltimore with her husband, Richard Kagan, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, and their son Loren.


* Auditions for Dundalk Community Theatre's production of "Shadowlands" will run from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22 in Room 409 of the College Community Center at Dundalk Community College, 7200 Sollers Point Road. The production, directed by TraceyAnn Tokar Smith, calls for six men, two women and one boy. For information, call (410) 285-9667.

* Auditions for the Vagabond Theatre's production of "Joined At the Head" are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6 at the theater, 806 S. Broadway. The production, directed by Lance Lewman, calls for one man in his 30s, two women in their mid-30s, one woman in her 20s, one woman in her 40s, one woman in her 60s, two men in their 20s and one man in his 50s. Actors should possess comedy skills. For details, call (410) 646-4050.

* Auditions for Harbour Theatre's production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" will run at 7 p.m. Nov. 20-21 at the theater, 106 Bloomsbury Ave. in Catonsville. The production, directed by Tom Blair, calls for two men and two women aged 20 to 40. For details, call (410) 325-6744.


The deadline is Dec. 1 to submit original 10-minute plays to the annual playwrights' competition run by Actors Theatre of Louisville. Designed to discover outstanding short works by both new and established playwrights, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest offers a $1,000 prize as well as an opportunity to produce the play.

Each script must be no longer than 10 pages; there is a limit of two submissions per playwright. Only unproduced plays are permitted.

Last year, Jane Anderson's "The Last Time We Saw Her" and Marion McClinton's "Stones and Bones" shared an award and were produced as part of the theater's 1994 Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Send submissions to: National Ten-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 W. Main St., Louisville, Ky. 40202-4218. Each script must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ensure its return.


The Bach Ensemble of Baltimore has announced its first subscription series of concerts, which will be performed in the new 425-seat theater at Roland Park Country School in north Baltimore.

Created in 1988 by music director Paul Mori, the Bach Ensemble consists of roughly 20 musicians who perform varied programs of classical music. During the past several years, they have appeared frequently in Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill.

The opening concert Dec. 4 will include music by Bach, Britten, Corelli and Handel. (Concert-goers are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be distributed to the Maryland Food Committee.) Other concerts are scheduled March 26 and May 7. Tickets are $15 each.

The new Sinex Theater boasts a full fly loft, state-of-the-art light/sound projection booth, orchestra pit and a 1,825-square-foot stage. It is part of the school's new art center, which also houses fine and performing arts classrooms and a dance studio.

For details about the concerts, call Leslie Heubeck at (410) 323-5500.


Bryn Mawr School has renamed its Centennial Hall theater lobby in honor of actress Mildred Natwick, one of the North Baltimore school's most famous graduates. Miss Natwick, who died last month at 89, graduated from the school in 1924. While a student, she served as president of the Dramatic Club.

The spacious glass lobby, built in 1992, received the Grand Design Award from the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects. At that time, the school wished to name the lobby for Miss Natwick but honored her request to delay the announcement until after her death.

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