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September 20, 2012

Glass Mind Theatre secures new venue for start of season

Glass Mind Theatre, one of the tenants shut out of the Load of Fun Gallery while renovations are made to that space to comply with city regulations, has secured a venue for its season-opening production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Performances will be held the weekends of Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 at the Autograph Playhouse (9 W. 25th St.) -- probably best known these days as home of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

"We are extremely grateful to [Autograph Playhouse] owner Billie Taylor for housing our production, and to our friends at the Mobtown Players, E.M.P. Collective and Area 405 for hosting our rehearsals during the transition," said Sarah Weissman, marketing director at Glass Mind Theatre.

The Shakespeare staging is the first of Glass Mind's "Classics Resketched" season, to be followed by new versions of Chekhov's "Three Sisters " and Sophocles' "Antigone."

The "Midsummer" production will be directed, in her company debut, by D.C-based Elissa Goetschius, former literary manager at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Her take on the play promises to reveal "motives [that] are darker and twistier than you might remember from the last time you saw it."

The production will feature choreography by Sandra Atkinson.

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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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