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Friday, March 20, 2015

BSO Announces 100th Season

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, a reception was held in the lobby of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore to celebrate and announce the 100th season of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and to unveil the BSO’s new logo. The BSO’s 2015-2016 season will feature homecomings of world-class artists who have played an important role in the BSO’s history.

In its recent works, Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore’s queer theatre company, has delved into the subject of death from different angles. From the Jeffrey Dahmer murders in Joseph W. Ritsch’s Apartment 213 to suicide in Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, death and its impact on others have been explored with a degree of creative artistry that is open to interpretation. With the world premiere of The Revelation of Bobby Pritchard, written by Baltimore playwright Rich Espey, currently playing at The Theatre Project, audiences are given another view of death, and in this case two deaths.

Baltimore’s queer theatre company, Iron Crow Theatre, presents the world premier of The Revelation of Bobby Pritchard in the second of its three-show 2014-2015 season. This poignant and lyrical new play from Maryland playwright Rich Espey, three-time winner of the award for best play at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, is a contemporary exploration of the clash between religious conviction and modern LGBTQ issues contained within the tumultuous dynamics of a typical American family. Dreams about the late Bobby Pritchard compel Marta to return to her home town, a rural and religious community she fled decades ago to disclose the truth about Bobby’s death and to marry her partner Cynthia in the church in which she grew up. Now, with her wife at her side, Marta encounters Hank, a brother she barely knows, who must deal with the painful revelation about Bobby’s death; and Oren, a nephew struggling with his sexuality. Hank makes the choice to support his family rather than his community’s traditions, and shots ring out.

What’s in a name? Apparently, a lot as evidenced by Oscar Wilde’s classic work The Importance of Being Earnest, currently playing in the spanking new venue of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) on Calvert and Redwood Streets. The theatre, which is now housed in the old Mercantile Bank building, is a horseshoe shaped, three-tier structure that provides a modern-day setting to the presentation of old-time plays.

The Queer Queens of Qomedy, an all-lesbian all-star show in its ninth year, is heading for the Baltimore area. They will appear in a matinee performance at 5 p.m. on March 22 at Magooby’s Joke House, 9603 Deerco Road, Timonium, Maryland.

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