Off Center Festival finale


January 22, 1998|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Obie Award-winning performance artist Dael Orlandersmith has said her favorite quote is Carl Jung's comment: "What interests me is to get at the bottom of experience. I am interested in the basement of emotion." This weekend at Center Stage, in an anthology of character studies excerpted from her monologues, "Beauty's Daughter" and "Monster," the New York performer will do her best to get to the bottom of prejudice, relationships and what it's like to be an African-American woman in the late 20th century.

Orlandersmith's appearance is part of Center Stage's Off Center Festival. Other performances in this, the final weekend of the festival, include Danny Hoch's "Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop," Ntozake Shange's "Quasar Looming" and a repeat engagement of last year's Off Center hit, Roger Guenveur Smith's "A Huey P. Newton Story."

Off Center is presented in Center Stage's Head Theater, 700 N. Calvert St. Here's the remaining schedule: Hoch, 8 p.m. today; Shange, 8 p.m. Friday; Smith, 2 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m. Saturday and 7: 30 p.m. Sunday; Orlandersmith, 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students. Call 410-332-0033.

Pub Date: 1/22/98

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