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Blood Knot Opens Bowie State's Fall 2012 Performance Schedule

October 16, 2012

Blood Knot Opens Bowie State’s Fall Performance Schedule
New Center Offers Diverse Shows for Local Residents

(Bowie, Md.) – The bond between half-brothers living together in a shack in apartheid South Africa is at the heart of the Athol Fugard’s play, Blood Knot, which opens Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the new Fine and Performing Arts Center at Bowie State University.

Under the direction of BSU Theatre Professor Bob Bartlett and guest direction by actor Danny Glover, Blood Knot kicks off the fall 2012 theatre schedule and features local guest performers JaBen Early and DC Cathro. Early has acted in local and regional theatres and festivals, including an appearance in Me and the Devil Blues at last summer’s Capital Fringe Festival and in Ruined at the Arena Stage. Cathro appeared in the Helen Hayes Award-nominated production, The Sound of Music, at Olney Theatre Center and in Bartlett’s Bareback Ink at the Capital Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe festivals last summer.

Blood Knot, like much of Fugard’s work, considers the historic problem of race in South Africa,” said Bartlett. “Mr. Glover is one of the foremost Fugard experts in the country and attributes his early work in Fugard’s plays with his success as an actor.”

The show will be performed in the Black Box Theatre through Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, staff, faculty and seniors.

The fall 2012 lineup offers a diverse array of shows and activities for local residents of all ages from a modern dance performance by Bowie State students and professionals from Kinetic Dance Company Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10 to a reading of Play Ball, a new play by local writer-director Alan Sharpe, on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Full schedule details:

  • Blood Knot by Athol Fugard
    Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    Black Box Theatre
    Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 for students, staff, faculty and seniors. Tickets go on sale at the box office 30 minutes prior to each performance.
    Directed by Professor Bob Bartlett with guest direction by Danny Glover, featuring guest performers JaBen Early and DC Cathro. The play is not appropriate for children.

  • BSU Theatre Open House (for local high school drama departments)
    Friday, Oct. 26
    9 a.m. – Tour of the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s performance and theatre support spaces 
    10:30 a.m. – Presentation on Bowie State’s theatre programs
    11 a.m. –  Performance of Blood Knot with a post-show discussion with the director, dramaturge, cast and faculty
    Admission to the Open House is free, but call 301-860-3769 to reserve space.
    Tickets for Blood Knot: $10 general admission; $5 for students, staff, faculty and seniors

  • Bowie State Dance Concert
    Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.
    Main Stage
    Directed by Dance Professor Jennifer Dorsey
    Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 for students, staff, faculty and seniors. Tickets go on sale at the box office 30 minutes prior to each performance.
    The concert is a showcase of various dance styles and performed by Bowie State students and professionals from the modern dance company, Kinetics Dance Theatre.

  • Theatre on Film Series – West Side Story
    Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
    Main Stage
    Admission is free.
    The Theatre on Film Series provides an opportunity to view a work of theatre on film, followed by a discussion with the audience.

  • New Play Reading and Discussion Series – Play Ball by Alan Sharpe
    Monday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
    Main Stage
    Admission is free.
    BSU Theatre’s New Play Reading Series brings regional playwrights to Bowie State for a reading of their work by students, alumni and faculty, along with a discussion with the audience. Play Ball tells the story of a suicide of a black youth targeted by anti-gay bullying.

For tickets, call the Fine and Performing Arts Center at (301) 860-3717 or visit the box office 30 minutes prior to a performance.

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