In celebration of the soloist

Critic's Choice


February 09, 2003|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Sometimes one person can convey an entire world. A wide variety of worlds are being explored in the Theatre Project's "Encounters With Solo Creators" series, which got under way this weekend with Hungarian movement artist Eva Magyar's House of Deer. Based on a Romanian legend about a hunter who turns into her own prey, the work has its final performance at 3 p.m. today.

From Feb. 14-23, three Finnish performers -- a pianist, a videographer and a performance artist -- will be showcased in Solista. The title is a Finnish word referring to the sound of running water, as well as a bit of wordplay on "soloist."

San Francisco-based Josh Kornbluth will perform Ben Franklin: Unplugged Feb. 28-March 9. The work blends two father-son stories -- Franklin's relationship with his British Loyalist son and Kornbluth's relationship with his Communist Jewish father. Kornbluth will also present several workshop performances of his newest piece, Love and Taxes, during his stay at the Theatre Project. (Dates and times to be announced.)

Finally, March 14-16, another Californian, Joan Schirle, will perform Second Skin, a mask work about our perceptions of ourselves and how others perceive us.

The solo series is co-produced by Towson University's graduate theater program. Show times at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for seniors, students and artists. Festival passes to all four shows are $40 general admission; $35 for seniors, students and artists; and $25 for Towson University students and faculty.

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