Signing and reading at Center Stage


Deaf and hearing actors will combine sign language, gestural work and voice when they read "The water falls," a play by Willy Conley, at 7: 30 p.m. April 7 in the Head Theater at Center Stage.

The program is part of Origins, Center Stage's new play-reading series.

Conley's plays have been produced off-off Broadway and at theaters across the country, including Baltimore's Vagabond Theater and the Judith Anderson Theater at Gallaudet University in Washington. Conley has won the Sam Edwards Deaf Playwright Award and the American Deaf Drama Award, and has been honored by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Conley also has acting experience, including work with the National Theatre of the Deaf and the Cleveland Playhouse.

The play-reading series, which premiered in January, allows established and emerging playwrights to hear their plays read and gives the public a peek into the process of play development.

Discussion between the audience, cast and playwright -- in voice and sign language -- follows the reading.

Tickets to the reading are free, but reservations are required. Call 410-332-0033 or 410-332-4240 TTY/TDD.

Community programs

The Maryland State Arts Council is accepting applications through April 28 for the first grants of its 1998 Mini-Grant Program. Up to $1,000 are awarded to assist community-based, nonprofit organizations with the production and presentation of arts activities.

Mini-grants are available four times a year, but organizations may submit only one application per deadline and may receive only one grant per fiscal year. The first grants for 1998 will be awarded for activities taking place between July 1 and Sept. 30, 1997.

L For applications, call 410-333-8232 or 410-333-4519 TDD/TTY.

Merritt awards

Internationally known bel canto tenor and longtime Baltimore resident Chris Merritt will go to Europe this week to accept France's Grand Prix du Disc and Belgium's Cecilia award -- European equivalents of the Grammy -- for his recent recording of Schoenberg's "Aron und Moses" on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Merritt recently performed as Manrico in the Baltimore Opera Company's production of Verdi's "Il Trovatore."

Benefit concert

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will present "Lite Night," a benefit concert and auction, at 7: 30 p.m. April 19 at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St.

The evening will feature entertainment, a light dinner buffet and silent and live auctions. Chorus members will present a brief concert of lighthearted favorites, including selections from "My Fair Lady," "Guys & Dolls" and "West Side Story."

Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit the society's programs. Call 410-523-7070.


The Tidewater Players will hold auditions for the play "Curious Savage" by John Patrick from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 5-6 and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 7 in the opera hall at the former Havre de Grace City Hall, 121 N. Union St. in Havre de Grace. Needed are six women and five men of various adult ages. Technicians also are sought. Call 410-939-5352 or 410-939-5204.

Young performers are invited to audition for the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre's production of "Li'l Abner" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 and 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. April 9 at West Annapolis Elementary School. Needed are middle- through high-school-age performers. Prepare a song and bring sheet music or music-only tape. Call 410-268-9212.

Male and female actors of various ages and ethnic backgrounds are needed for the Baltimore Playwrights Festival's coming season. Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Spotlighters Theater, 817 St. Paul St.; April 14, Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.; and April 15, Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway. Prepare a three-minute monologue and be ready to read from a script. Bring resume and photo, if possible. Call 410-276-2153.

The Timonium Dinner Theatre, 9603 Deereco Road, conducts auditions at 7: 30 p.m. April 14 for female dancers for the musical revue "An Evening at Minsky's."

Auditions for "Golden Girl Follies" will held at 7 p.m. April 16. Male and female performers, ages 50 and older, and technicians are needed. All positions are paid. Call 410-560-1113.

Pub Date: 3/30/97

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