Theatre Project sets shows

The Baltimore Sun

Local theater groups and returning troupes from years past will showcase plays in Theatre Project's 2008-2009 season.

Theatre Project, known for its experimental and original productions, will also partner with the Creative Alliance to present two plays next spring.

"I think it's great we're going to be partnering with the Creative Alliance," said Anne Cantler Fulwiler, Theatre Project's producing director. "We share a lot of sensibilities."

In past years, subscribers could purchase a set six-play season package. But this year, they can decide which six plays they want to see, Fulwiler said.

"I want to put it all out there and let people pick and choose," she said.

Here is the lineup, which is subject to change:

Sept. 4-14: What's a Little Death?: This Infinite Stage Theater Company production centers on a gravedigger who squares off against a crew of the living dead who strangely resemble characters from Hamlet.

Sept. 25-Oct. 5: La Tragedie de Carmen: American Opera Theater, the company who produced Acis & Galatea, presents this pared-down version off Bizet's classic opera.

Oct. 16-19: Cyclopedia: The Margolis Brown Company, known for its physical theater and inventive piece Autobahn, returns to Baltimore with this new performance.

Nov. 29-Dec. 7: Local trapeze troupe Air Dance Bernasconi brings several new pieces.

Jan. 29-Feb. 8: The Eagle Has Landed: A BBC Radio 4 reporter searches for his long-lost brother in this performance by multinational company Fools Proof Theatre.

March 12-15: 500 Clown Macbeth: Presented through Theatre Project's collaboration with the Creative Alliance, this is a whimsical and volatile adaptation of the Shakespeare classic.

March 19-22: Mumbo: Baltimore-based burlesque team Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey present its latest shenanigans.

March 29-April 5: The Mechanical: The monster from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is injected into the true story of a chess-playing robot built in the late 18th century. Presented by actors from Bond Street Theatre.

April 23-May 10: Living Openly and Notoriously: New York stage and television actress Elizabeth Hess will perform three original autobiographical one-acts exploring a Mennonite woman's battle to break free from her repressive past.

June 11-21: Paraffin: Featuring an original score and five performers, this Naoko Maeshiba Performance Collective production explores formulas that affect human identity and society.

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