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November 22, 2004

UMBC Theatre presents Fanshen by David Hare

Image by Nicholas TakemotoThe UMBC Department of Theatre presents Fanshen by David Hare, directed by Xerxes Mehta, from December 2 through 12 at the UMBC Theatre.

A fascinating play from one of England’s greatest playwrights, David Hare’s Fanshen is, in his own words, “a play for Europe, for the West. Besides trying to explain as deftly as possible the aim and operation of land reform in China, to show how it changed souls as well as bodies, the play is much concerned with political leadership, with the relationship in any society between leadership and led.” Brutal, tender, violent, reasoned, and all-absorbing, Fanshen throws a brilliant light on the critical years in the late 1940s that gave birth to modern China by focusing on one village’s struggle to survive war, want, oppression and corruption, until it finally learns how to take control of its own destiny.

The production features dramaturgy by Susan McCully, set and costume design by Holly Highfill, light and sound design by Terry Cobb and vocal direction by Lynn Watson.

Please note that this production is for mature audiences and contains violence, nudity and explicit language.

Thursday, December 2, 8 pm (preview)
Friday, December 3, 8 pm
Saturday, December 4, 8 pm
Thursday, December 9, 4 pm (free for the UMBC campus community)
Friday, December 10, 8 pm
Saturday, December 11, 8 pm
Sunday, December 12, 4 pm

$10 general admission
$5 students
$3 for the preview
The performance on Thursday, December 9th is free for the UMBC campus community.
Ticket proceeds benefit the Department of Theatre Scholarship Fund.
Theatre Box Office: 410-455-2476

Theatre Box Office: 410-455-2476
Public information: (24 hour recorded message): 410-455-ARTS
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From Baltimore and points north, proceed south on I-95 to exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Theatre.

From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mile to the entrance of UMBC at the roundabout intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Hilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the Theatre.

From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to Exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Theatre.

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Posted by dwinds1 at November 22, 2004 12:00 AM