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August 13, 2012

Performance Workshop Theatre's 2012-13 season features British plays, tough themes

Performance Workshop Theatre, the Hamilton/Lauraville-based company known for thoughtful productions and educational activities, has planned a season of British plays and provocative 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 ...

"Mixed Doubles: An Entertainment on Marriage."

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.

Subscriptions are currently on sale. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 27.


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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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