Exploring women's experience


April 16, 1995|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

Dance and theater artist Louise Runyon Barth will present "Daughters, Dolls and Raging Beauties," a series of five semi-autobiographical pieces exploring women's experiences, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Goucher College.

The free performance, sponsored by various student organizations, will be held in the Mildred Dunnock Theatre of the Meyerhoff Arts Building.

Based in Atlanta, Ms. Barth performs primarily throughout the Southeast and has received grants from arts councils in Georgia. Her work combines dance with talking, singing and puppetry to explore such issues as the relationships women have with their families.

1% For details, call (410) 337-6116.

Young playwrights

The deadline is April 30 for Baltimore-area students to submit plays to Center Stage's Young Playwrights Festival.

Six plays will be selected by Center Stage's education and dramaturgy staff to receive staged readings in May by professional actors. All area college students are eligible to submit plays. Students in grades 4 through 12 in those schools which offered Center Stage playwrights teaching residencies may also enter. The judges will pick three plays from primary and secondary school students and three from college students.

Before the staged readings, winning playwrights can attend a day-long performance preparation workshop with actors and directors.

All scripts must be the original, unpublished work of the student playwright; works based on other plays and adaptations of existing stories are not eligible. Each student may submit only one play. The length may range, generally, from 10 to 30 pages. Submitted plays should be typed in play format on 8 1/2 -by-11-inch paper.

Winners will be announced May 5. For details, call Jill Morris or Susan Shaw at (410) 685-3200.

Jazz winner

The Towson State Jazz Ensemble recently won first place in the college division of the Villanova Jazz Festival held at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Under the direction of Glenn Cashman, the ensemble competed against various groups from the East Coast. The ensemble also won last year. The musicians are Frank Thibeault, Jennifer Ehrhorn, J.C. Kuhl, Nick Chalk, Emily Gerow, Todd Butler, Dave Makowiecki, David Boord, Bob Miller, Russ Scarbrough, Glenn Hoover, Eric Mancia, Andrea Staiano, Kevin Williams, Tom Pitta, Blaise Keller and Kevin Graham.


Baltimore-area music students are invited to attend a free music clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Astoria Restaurant & Caterers, 111 Park Ave., at Sutton Place.

Led by musician White Williams and "Ric" Robinson, the program will tell participants how to find careers in music, instruct them about great jazz musicians, show them how to perform better and also reinforce the importance of avoiding drugs. Students in junior high and high school who play a musical instrument or sing are invited to attend.

The clinic will precede a benefit concert which salutes the music of Duke Ellington. For details about the clinic or concert, call (410) 944-3029.

Indian craft

Mardella Sunshine Lowery, a traditional bead worker, carver and clothing maker of the Lumbee tribe, will demonstrate her craft in public programs Tuesday and April 25 at the American Indian Art Center, 2207 E. Baltimore St.

Sponsored by Baltimore Clayworks, the open studio sessions will include the telling of Indian legends. Ms. Lowery is a native of Robeson County, N.C., the tribal home of the Lumbees. During )) April, she will work with the youth of Baltimore's Native-American community at Highlandtown Middle School as well as at the American Indian Art Center.

For details about the free sessions -- which are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. both days -- call (410) 578-1919.


The Matthew Players, a community theater group sponsored by St. Matthew Catholic Church, are looking for a director for their fall production of "Kismet." Those interested should send .. resumes to the Matthew Players, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, Md. 21239. The deadline for applications is May 21. For details, call (410) 668-4880.

Barbershop chorus

The Harbor City Barbershop Chorus invites interested singers to attend various open house meetings on Monday evenings through May 8 at Loch Raven High School on Cromwell Bridge Road. Meetings are scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Room 204. For more information, call (410) 296-9014.

Festival of plays

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival is accepting submissions of original plays for its 15th season. Both one-act and full-length plays will be chosen for readings and full productions.

The festival is open to any playwright who is a current or former resident of Maryland. Submission deadline is Sept. 30. For submission guidelines, send a request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Baltimore Playwrights Festival, c/o Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore, Md. 21231.

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