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Baltimore Shakespeare Festival launches first season


The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, a new summer classical theater, will launch its first season of Shakespeare plays this July JTC in the outdoor amphitheater of the Cloisters Children's Museum in Brooklandville.

The first production, which will be directed by Catherine Fitzmaurice, who has worked as a voice coach at Center Stage, will be "A Midsummer Night's Dream," July 8 through Aug. 7. The second production, "Macbeth," will run Aug. 9-28.

Performances will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Cost of admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children, senior citizens and students.

Long-range goals, according to artistic director Kelley Dunn, include extending the summer program into a five-month season that would also present work by such playwrights as Shaw, Chekhov, Wilder, Brecht, Ionesco, Wilde, Moliere and Sheridan, and the Greek dramatists.

The BSF is forming organizational committees to assist in pre-season fund-raising, marketing, advertising and administration. For more information about the non-profit organization and its season, call Kelley Dunn at (410) 426-5662.


* Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore will hold auditions for "All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go" from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at its theater at 912 Washington Blvd. There are roles for five men ages 30 to 50 and three women ages 20 to 40. Actors should prepare a three-minute comic monologue. For details, call (410) 727-1847.

* Auditions for a touring production of "Quilt Voices," developed by the Maryland Historical Society, are scheduled Feb. 13 at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Directed by Richard Pilcher, the production calls for one woman aged 20-30, one aged 30 to 50 and one singer-guitarist. For details and to make an audition appointment, call (410) 685-3750, Ext. 317.

* Dundalk Community Theatre will hold auditions for a spring production of "My Fair Lady" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 13 and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 in the theater of Dundalk Community College, 7200 Sollers Point Road. The cast calls for roughly 30 men and women ranging in age from 20 to 60. Singing and non-singing roles are available. For details, call (410) 285-9667.


A benefit program with Cuban art, music and food will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Mount Royal Station of the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Sponsored by the Central American Solidarity Committee, Women for Mutual Security and the Institute, the evening includes music by the Malcolm X Park Drummers, an African-Cuban music group, and an exhibition of prints by 30 Cuban artists. Those attending should make a donation or bring art supplies, which will be distributed to Cuban artists by Pastors for Peace U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment. For details, call (410) 225-2300.

Regional artist Eugene "Bud" Leake will speak about his art at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The former president of the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Mr. Leake has received nationwide praise for the quality of his landscapes, which are mostly based on the Maryland countryside. The free talk is held in conjunction with the museum's showing of Mr. Leake's work through March 13. For details, call (410) 396-7100.


The second annual Valentine's Poetry and Performance Bash, featuring the work of local poets, performers, writers and musicians, will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Mount Royal Station Auditorium of the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Curated by poet and Institute faculty member Joe Cardarelli, the event will benefit the Institute's "Spectrum of Poetic Fire" series. Admission is $5 for the general public, $3 for students and $2 for MICA students, faculty and staff. For details, call (410) 225-2300.

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