Performance Workshop Theatre's 2012-13 season features British plays, tough themes
The 2012-2013 lineup chosen by artistic directors Marc Horwitz and Marlyn Robinson, opens Sept. 28 with "Breaking the Code," Hugh Whitemore's drama about Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician born 100 years ago.
Turing, a key figure in the early development of computer science, led the effort to decipher the Nazi's famous Enigma machine (pictured), which helped give the Allies an invaluable advantage during World War II.
After the war, Turning was prosecuted under British laws against homosexuality, and he submitted to chemical castration to avoid prison.
He died in 1954 of poisoning -- considered a suicide by the authorities, an accident by some family and friends.
Horwitz will star as Turing in this Baltimore premiere, directed by Robinson, Sept. 28 to Oct. 28.
In December, just after Maryland voters will decide on whether to allow a broader definition of matrimony, the company will offer ...
This work addresses all sorts of aspects of tying the knot, as viewed through short plays by eight British playwrights: Alan Ayckbourn, John Bowen, Lyndon Brook, David Campton, Harold Pinter, Alun Owen, James Saunders and Fay Weldon.
The production, directed by Horwitz, runs Dec. 14 to Jan. 13.
Harold Pinter's 1960 hit "The Caretaker," which the company has identified as another Baltimore premiere, wraps up the season. The play, about two brothers and a homeless man they take into their home, was Pinter's first significant success and earned a major place in 20th century theater.
The production, directed by Robinson, is slated form March 22 to April 21.
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