Ancient poem from gulf area is basis of experimental play


With all the interest in the Persian Gulf, the Theatre Project/Towson State University Experimental Theatre Festival's world premiere Friday at 8 p.m. of "Gilgamesh: Con/quest" has particular relevance.

The play is an adaptation of the ancient Mesopotamian (read: Iraqi) epic poem, "Gilgamesh," about an ancient Persian king and his search for the secret of immortality. The adaptation was done by TSU faculty members Ralph Blasting and Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, an Iranian citizen who came to the United States 14 years ago and who also is director of the production.

The play, on TSU's Mainstage Theatre, will be presented through next Sunday and again March 12- 14. Tickets are $8; $5 for students, seniors, faculty, staff and alumni; $3 for TSU students. Noted experimental theater director Richard Schechner will speak at an opening night reception Friday and at 11 a.m. March 9 in the Mainstage Theatre. For more information, call 830-ARTS.

Special ed art show

The Dundalk Community College Gallery will host a reception Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for about 200 Baltimore County special education students who are exhibiting their work through March 21.

A demonstration of the work of several of the young artists will be held in the lobby of the gallery, located on the first floor of the College Community Center. That will be followed by a talk by Nancy Carsey, head of Very Special Arts for Maryland.

The reception is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 285-9884.


The following auditions are coming up:

* The Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave., tomorrow and Tuesday at 7 p.m., for "Cantorial." Call 542-4900, Ext. 272.

* The Maryland Arts Festival, Saturday at noon and March 11 at 7 p.m. in Room 343 of Towson State University's Fine Arts Building, for "West Side Story." Call 830-2076.

* The Vagabond Theatre, 806 South Broadway, March 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., for "Hay Fever." Call 563-9135.

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