Read More UMBC News Blog Stories

October 2, 2008

UMBC Theatre Presents Red Death

By Lisa D'Amore, Directed by Juanita Rockwell

October 22 - November 2, 2008
UMBC Theatre

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

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

Red Death - Photo credit Rich RigginsThe UMBC Department of Theatre presents Red Death by Lisa D'Amore from October 22 through November 2 in the UMBC Theatre.

Jane Whithers is searching for the origin of evil, the root of denial, and the basic human weakness that causes us to fear death. Her quest takes her to the beaches of Florida, the sewers of Texas, the center of the Adriatic Sea, and beyond, as she pursues her childhood friend, Prospero Albright (who might be the key to everything)--a twenty-first century riff on Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of the Red Death.

Directed by Juanita Rockwell, with set and costume design by Elena Zlotescu, and light and sound design by Terry Cobb.

About the Playwright, Lisa D'Amour
Lisa D'Amour is a multidisciplinary performance maker who lives in Brooklyn and New Orleans. Recent projects include Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (a performance for seven handcrafted boats designed by Swoon); Flight (a collaborative multidisciplinary performance designed by sculptor Jeff Becker and produced by ArtSpot Productions in New Orleans); Blue Eye Bird Print (created with her close collaborator, Katie Pearl, for a vacant office in the World Financial Center, NYC); Stanley (2006) (created with her brother Todd D'Amour and videographer Tara Webb at HERE Arts Center, NYC); Hide Town (a play written for Infernal Bridegroom Productions, Houston, supported by an NEA/TCG Playwrights' Residency) and productions of her play Anna Bella Eema in Montreal (Theater L'Opsis) and San Francisco (Crowded Fire Theater). Her work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, NYSCA, NEA/TCG and the Louisiana and Minnesota State Arts Boards. She won a Village Voice OBIE Award along with Katie Pearl and Kathy Randels for Nita and Zita, produced by ArtSpot Productions. She is the 2008 recipient of the Alpert Award in the Arts in Theater. D'Amour is a core member of the Playwrights' Center and a recent alum of New Dramatists. She has been a visiting guest artist at UCSB, Dartmouth College, Smith College and the Iowa Playwrights' Workshop. She was a visiting Assistant Professor of Playwriting at UT Austin in 2003, and will be a Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Brown University in 2008-09.

About the Director, Juanita Rockwell
Juanita Rockwell is a director, writer and dramaturge with over 20 years experience developing new works for theatre, opera, radio and multi-media. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) and Dramatists Guild and recently received an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council.

She has focused her directing on premiere productions of work that explores innovations in language and structure. She directed Shoot the Messenger by Jeffry Walker, a site-specific solo performance in a 100 year-old barn in Connecticut. She directed the workshop premiere of No God But Yearning (The Sound of Waves), a music theatre piece by Donna DiNovelli/David Rodwin, for Mabou Mines/Suite Resident Artists program. She was Co-Director of Squonk Opera's multi-media production Burn, which premiered at Pittsburgh's City Theatre and toured nationally as Inferno.

Other productions she has directed include Molière's The Misanthrope (Blue Heron Theatre, NYC), Beckett's Play (with sculptor John Antone at Washington Project for the Arts, DC), and James Sellars' music theater pieces Chanson Dada (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and For Love of the Double Bass (Madrid, Helsinki, Yorkshire).

Wednesday, October 22, 8 pm (preview)
Thursday, October 23, 4 pm (free to the UMBC campus community)
Friday, October 24, 8 pm (opening night)
Saturday, October 25, 8 pm
Sunday, October 26, 4 pm
Thursday, October 30, 8 pm
Friday, October 31, 8 pm
Saturday, November 1, 8 pm
Sunday, November 2, 4 pm

$10 general admission; $5 students and seniors; $3 for the preview.
The performance on Thursday, October 23rd is free for the UMBC campus community.
Information and reservations: 410-455-2476 or

Public Information
UMBC Arts website:

Media Resources
Online News Releases:
High resolution images:
Photos by Rich Riggins.

-- 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.
-- Visitor parking is available in the Commons Garage. Visitor parking regulations are enforced on all University calendar days. Hilltop Circle and all campus roadways require a parking permit unless otherwise marked.
Online campus map:

Red Death - Photo by Rich Riggins

Posted by tmoore at October 2, 2008 3:26 PM