Single Carrot Theatre is gearing up to open the 3rd show of their 5th season, Hotel Cassiopeia, written by Charles Mee and directed by Ensemble Member Genevieve de Mahy. The play's subject, Joseph Cornell, is famous for both his intricate shadow boxes and his eccentricity. Cornell's mind was nearly as cluttered and complicated as the basement he inhabited, and Hotel Cassiopeia offers a glimpse into both. "In Hotel Cassiopeia, Cornell's boxes are described as 'palaces of memory,'" said de Mahy, "He attempts to hold on to these unique, fleeting moments-to preserve everything that they were so that they can be experienced again and again. There is a dichotomy created in making a play about preservation of memory", she continued. Like many of the offerings at Single Carrot Theatre, Hotel Cassiopeia does not provide answers to all of the questions it raises about Cornell, his art, and his life. It does, however, offer a seat for the audience inside the mind of a recluse, an eccentric, a genius. Patrons are encouraged to touch and explore the set, while the sights and sounds of Cornell's life clutter the intimate space. Each performance promises its own nuance and exploration. "Theatre as an art form is always moving, constantly changing," said de Mahy. "Like life, it will never be the same twice".
Prolific artist Joseph Cornell's boxes each represent a magical world all their own. Every box contains its own world of scintillating possibilities. If these boxes could talk, what would they say? Obie Award winner and celebrated playwright Charles Mee dives headfirst into the absurd and revolutionary mind of an American genius and a true eccentric.
Previews are March 28th and March 29th and it runs March 30th- April 29th. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm (Wednesday, March 28th preview: 7:30pm) Sundays at 2:30pm at Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Ave (at Load of Fun) Baltimore, MD 21201.
Tickets are $10-20 with FREE BEER AND WINE WITH VALID ID. For tickets visit singlecarrot.com or call 443-844-9253 or email email@example.com.
Formed at the University of Colorado in 2005, Single Carrot Theatre is nine young artists working to make the community a better place through art. After an extensive nationwide city search, Baltimore was chosen as home. Since then, Single Carrot Theatre has been firmly planted in Baltimore. Making theatre, working hard and opening our doors to all people are the priorities and passions of Single Carrot Theatre.
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The Single Carrot Theatre ensemble is a driving force for theatrical innovation in Baltimore-championing new, diverse, and socially significant works; reinvigorating the classics; creating vibrant theatrical experiences; and fiercely supporting the growth of young artists.
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