Water works by 15 artists are on...


Water works by 15 artists are on display

Water -- it's the thing that unifies the fly, the tree and you and me. We're all made with it, we all need it to exist. But you and I, unlike the tree and the fly (or so we think) -- we consider the water. We sit at the shore and gaze at it, we use it in our rituals,

we write poems to it, we make art about it. Which brings us (at last) to "Water Temple" at Maryland Art Place. Fifteen artists including Jan Pierce Stinchcomb, Scot Hollander, Jennifer Pepper and Gagik Aroutiunian, create works on the theme of water, and in the process address issues from the spiritual to the practical. Where better than in Maryland, graced by the Chesapeake Bay, to raise the water consciousness of you and me? Through Aug. 20 at Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St. For information, call (410) 962-8565. The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, the area's newest theater company, opens its inaugural production, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Tuesday at the Cloisters Amphitheater, 10440 Falls Road. The outdoor production will be directed by Geoffrey Hitch, who previously directed the Shakespearean comedy at New York's Circle in the Square.

The festival had originally scheduled two productions this summer, but had to cut back due to the cost of making the theater accessible to the handicapped. Show times for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Aug. 14. Tickets are $13.50 for general admission, $9 for students and seniors. For further information, call (410) 752-2812.


J. Wynn Rousuck "Into the Woods" -- the musical that answers the question: What happens after happily ever after? -- will be presented by Liberty Showcase Theatre for three weekends beginning Friday at Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road. With a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, "Into the Woods" intermingles such classic fairy tales as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella with a new tale about a childless baker and his wife.

Liberty Showcase's production has stage direction by Tim Fowler and musical direction by David Zajic. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. July 31 and August 7. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for children, students and seniors. For more information, call (410) 833-1624.


J. Wynn Rousuck

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