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April 2, 2007

UMBC Department of Theatre presents “Silence, Cunning, Exile” by Stuart Greenman

Directed by Xerxes Mehta

April 18-29, 2007
UMBC Theatre

Baltimore Premiere

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

Note: You may view or download this release as a pdf file.

The UMBC Department of Theatre presents Stuart Greenman’s play, Silence, Cunning, Exile from April 18 through 29 at the UMBC Theatre. The play is based on the life and work of noted photographer Diane Arbus, who committed suicide in 1971, and who left behind perhaps the most original and shocking body of work in late-twentieth century American photography. Thrilling, disturbing, moving, and formally inventive, this deeply original play—widely celebrated since its professional debut in 1993—is presented here for the first time in Baltimore.

The performances are directed by Xerxes Mehta, with set and costume design by Elena Zlotescu and light, projection and sound design by Terry Cobb, and feature guest artist Leo Erickson.

“In bringing together barbarity and beauty, the absence of intimacy, and ambition in a finely wrought tableau, Greenman has fashioned a disturbing and, I think, profound metaphor of America....he emerges here as a cunning and fully formed talent.”
—John Lahr, The New Yorker

Wednesday, April 18, 8 pm (preview)
Thursday, April 19, 8 pm (opening night)
Friday, April 20, 8 pm
Thursday, April 26, 4 pm (free to the campus community)
Friday, April 27, 8 pm
Saturday, April 28, 8 pm
Sunday, April 29, 4 pm
Note: The Theatre will be dark on Saturday, April 21st.

Note: The play contains adult language and subject matter not be appropriate for children.

$10 general admission; $5 students and seniors; $3 for the preview.
The performance on Thursday, April 26th is free for the UMBC campus community.
Tickets are available through MissionTix at or by calling MissionTix at 410-752-8950.

Exhibition of Diane Arbus Photographs
To accompany the performances of Silence, Cunning, Exile, UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery will exhibit selections from Arbus’s “A Box of Ten Photographs,” a limited edition portfolio the photographer began to assemble in 1969. Arbus intended the portfolio to represent her work in the same manner as portfolios of lithographs from artists' presses being produced at that time. Her selections covered the period from 1963 to 1970 and varied in style from graceful daylight to penetrating flash photographs.

The exhibition will be on display in the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery Rotunda from April 23 to May 13. Admission is free.

Public information: (24 hour recorded message): 410-455-ARTS
Media inquiries only: 410-455-3370

• 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 tmoore at April 2, 2007 9:07 PM