Puppets present Shakespeare's tragic 'Macbeth'
Amsterdam's Stuffed Puppet Theatre returns to Baltimore Wednesday with the American premiere of "Macbeth!" a loose adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy. Neville Tranter plays the title character while simultaneously manipulating life-sized puppets in the other roles.
Presented by the Theatre Project at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., "Macbeth!" is Stuffed Puppet's third local appearance as part of the U.S./Netherlands Touring & Exchange Project. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14, except for an $8 bargain price Thursday. For more information, call (410) 752-8558. Percy Bysshe Shelley's 1819 blank-verse drama, "The Cenci," opens Friday at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. Described by Swinburne as "The greatest poetic play since Shakespeare," this rarely produced tragedy is based on the true 16th-century story of Beatrice Cenci, who conspired with other family members to have her father murdered.
The Spotlighters' production is directed by Bill Kamberger and features a cast headed by Patricia Coleman, J. R. Lyston and Scott Knox. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 7. There is no performance April 16. Tickets are $8 and $9. For more information, call (410) 752-1225.
J. Wynn Rousuck One of the most skillful and technologically innovative printing operations in the country is Saff Tech Arts, located in Oxford on the Eastern Shore. It is named for its founder, Dr. Donald Saff, who founded Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida at Tampa in 1968. In 1991 he moved his operation to Maryland, where he continues to make prints with the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Nancy Graves and Robert Rauschenberg, among others. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dr. Saff will give a slide lecture on the workings of his studio at the Baltimore Museum of Art, an event related to the museum's sixth annual Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, to be held the weekend of April 22-23. For information on the lecture or the print fair, call (410) 396-6347.