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MICA’s BBOX Features Multimedia Performances This Winter and Spring

Gateway Space Houses Wide Variety of Shows This Season

Posted 11.24.09 by MICA Media Relations

poster for 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' (detail)

BALTIMORE--This winter and spring MICA's BBOX performance space, located in the College's Gateway building (1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.), will be the site of interdisciplinary works created and performed by MICA students, faculty and staff as well as members of the greater Baltimore arts community.

BBOX, named in honor of Baltimore-based designers Betty Cooke '46 and Bill Steinmetz '50, is 58 feet by 58 feet in size, with flexible, movable seats and risers to accommodate a wide range of performance configurations. Its technical equipment includes an HD LCD projector and retractable screen; multi-channel digital sound system and 96-dimmer lighting system with computerized light board; and a tension wire grid 19 feet above the performance space to accommodate customized lights, cameras and other equipment.

Wednesday, March 24-Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 28, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, March 31-Saturday, April 3, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 4, 7 p.m.

Admission: $10, all students with ID; $20, general public
Following last spring's sold-out performances of HAIR, the inaugural full-scale theater production in BBOX, MICA's student dramatic company, Rivals of the West, with director Peter Shipley as well as MICA faculty and staff will present A Midsummer Night's Dream. There will be 10 performances of this Shakespearean woodland romantic fantasy, featuring an imaginative set and provocative staging, capitalizing on all the artistic and performance talents of the College community.

Daydreams & Nightmares Aerial Theatre, the creative team that brought Look Up: The Story of the Fall of Icarus recently to BBOX, explores the desolate environment of a dystopian society with 12. An aerial performance piece by a dozen actors, 12 explores the relationship between individuals while struggling for human survival. A work with no speaking parts and loosely based on Ayn Rand's Anthem, this performance has an eerie soundtrack combined with an ethereal, mechanical and desolate soundscape. 12 is part theater, part dance, part circus and part otherworldly experience. Daydreams & Nightmares is focused on bringing traditional and invented circus work to a new audience.

Past performances:
Thursday, Dec. 10-Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 17-Saturday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 20, 2 p.m.
Admission: $5, MICA faculty, staff and all students with ID; $10, general public
(proceeds go to Maryland Food Bank)
The Soapbox Players are broke. So for the 20th year, they are putting on their tried and true Dickens' A Christmas Carol. However, the company's National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant is being withheld pending an artistic review. When Wayne Wellacre gives an impossibly bad audition, the cast and crew mistake him for the NEA inspector in disguise and hilariously terrible things happen. This play, presented by the troupe Perimeter Productions, is part The Inspector General, part A Christmas Carol, with a smidge of Noises Off sprinkled on top of this "everything that can go wrong does" comedy. Tickets will be available at the MICA Bookstore.

Thursday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 8, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 9-Sunday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 14-Friday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $10, children under 12; $15, students, artists and seniors; $20, general public

In-Flight Theater presents, The Snow Queen, a 60-minute aerial and mask performance for all audiences that incorporates a hearing and deaf cast. Set atop floating ice castles, amidst magical masked and flying forest creatures, both speech and sign are set in a context of ground and air in telling this famous Hans Christian Andersen dark tale about love, friendship and courage. The Snow Queen is a theatrical journey of real and imagined risk of a young girl's courageous sojourn for friendship, hope and love at all costs. Aerial choreography and concept is by Mara Neimanis. The Snow Queen is created by and featuring Monique Holt, Ben King, Bryce Butler, Mara Neimanis and Tim Chamberlain.

Sunday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 13, 8-10 p.m.
; Free
Coffeehouse is an ongoing series that provides a showcase for MICA students to demonstrate their talents outside of the visual arts.

Thursday, Feb. 11-Friday, Feb.12, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13, midnight

Admission: $5, MICA students, faculty and staff; $10, general public (proceeds go to TurnAround Inc.)
The Vagina Monologues
has been performed in cities across the United States and at hundreds of college campuses. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play gives voice to women's fantasies and fears, encouraging audience members to see a woman's body in a different way. The Vagina Monologues has inspired a dynamic grass-roots movement, V-Day, Feb. 14, to stop violence against women. The Vagina Monologues will be performed by the MICA community during Parent & Family Weekend. Sarah Wren '10 (general fine arts) will produce and direct the play along with Cheryl Garner, associate dean of student development. Tickets will be available at the MICA Bookstore.

Sunday, Feb. 14, noon-4 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
; Free
A selection of well-priced MICA student artwork is on sale to the public during this annual event sponsored by the Student Activities Office. Prints, photographs, drawing, painting, small sculptures and other "raw" (unframed and unmated) artwork are available.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Nechama Frier '10, Bonnie Bladen '10, David Colson '10 and Erica Scheff '11, poster for A Midsummer Night's Dream (detail), 2010.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.