Howard Community College’s Arts Collective Announces its 2015-2016 Season By Susan G. Kramer

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 Twenty-one years of powerful story-telling… and this is just the beginning!

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This season, AC celebrates the extraordinary gifts of poets, prose writers and playwrights, from original works to a Tony Award-winning musical and all in between! Join us for a rooftop coffeehouse, a time-capsule of a woman’s life, a hilarious nod to reality television, a championship spelling bee of a lifetime… and much more!

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Underground Rooftop Coffee House: Voices from the Edge

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Presented by AC’s “What Improv Group” (W.I.G.), HCC Creative Writers and HoCoPoLitSo
Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm
In Howard Community College’s RCF 400
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara J. Hart

“What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.), HCC’s Creative Writers and Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) rooftop coffeehouse fuses W.I.G.’s underground, edgy take on improv with powerful and evocative stories inspired by poets and writers. Raise your voice to the collective “primal scream” to celebrate the birth of AC’s 21st season and its groundbreaking partnership with HoCoPoLitSo!

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Love, Loss and What I Wore

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A Play by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
October 2 – 18, 2015
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm
In Howard Community College’s Studio Theatre
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Grace Anastasiadis, and Darius McKeiver

A time capsule of a woman’s life: Relationships and Wardrobes. A stunning collection of compelling, funny, moving stories about mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, lovers, and all in between.This brilliant “clothesline” of monologues and ensemble pieces about women and their individual and common journeys will be performed by many of the area’s most fabulous women; each weekend will feature a different cast!

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What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) It’s A Wonderful W.I.G.!

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Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm
In Howard Community College’s Studio Theatre
Directed by S.G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston

AC’s “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.) takes on the holiday season with jingley-jangley improv surprises for all!  That’s right, bring the kids (ages 8 and up please)! Put down the fruit-cake, take a break from the hustle-bustle and join W.I.G. for improv holiday fun for everyone! An improv show which promises joyful, beyond hilarious and sentimental on-the-spot, interactive holiday storytelling, including extremely familiar holiday favorite characters!

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What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) A Valentine fit for Queens

unnamed (19)Friday, February 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm
In Howard Community College’s Smith Theatre
Directed by S.G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston

This Valentine’s season, AC’s “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.) puts on its best dress and aims its heart-shaped arrow straight at your funny bone! An evening of improv fit for Queens, where girls will be girls, boys will be boys… or will they? Love is in the air… or is that shade?  Who cares! Just drag yourself out and join us for this “girl’s” night in!

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House

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An original play written and directed by Daniel Johnston
March 11 and 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
In Howard Community College’s Studio Theatre

An original comedy, which follows the elimination of ten equally deserving contestants on television’s hottest new reality show House. Friendships bloom and shatter as girls compete against boys – who will be targeted or saved? Morality and integrity are dashed as the numbers dwindle and the grand prize inches closer! Set your DVR and don’t miss America’s premiere of House.

Auditions posted soon!

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W.I.G.nition: Actors and Writers Fire It Up

unnamed (20)Presented by AC’s “What Improv Group” (W.I.G.), HCC’s Creative Writers and HoCoPoLitSo
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm
In Howard Community College’s Smith Theatre
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara J. Hart

AC’s “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.), HCC’s Creative Writers and Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) ignites when improv artists and writers creatively spark in this intense collaboration among actors, poets, prose writers, and essayists. Who knows where the pages might take the stage? Don’t miss the alchemy as fire tests gold in this hot, innovative celebration of language and imagination.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

unnamed (22)Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss
May 19 – June 5, 2016: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm

Special “Industry” Pay-What-You-Can Preview Performance: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 8 pm
In Howard Community College’s Studio Theatre
Directed by Anthony Scimonelli
Music Director: Mayumi B. Griffie

Cheer on everyone’s favorite six kids in the middle of puberty as they compete for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime!  Allergies, crushes, magic feet, neat freaks, musicians, linguists, little league, growing pains and dictionaries. This bee promises an unforgettable, wild ride where the spellers learn that winning isn’t everything (at least you get a juice box).  Winner of the TONY and Drama Desk award for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences everywhere with its comic genius… complete with audience participation!

Auditions posted soon!

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About HCC’s ARTS COLLECTIVE:

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HCC’s critically-acclaimed Arts Collective is a force to be reckoned with! AC is entirely committed to offering diverse, innovative, awe-inspiring works across all genres from the classics to the cutting edge, pushing the artistic boundaries inside theatre, original works, musical theatre and more! Established in 1994, AC is known for being one of area’s most outstanding and creatively alive artistic organizations. AC supports, nurtures, and fuses collaborative relationships between all artists with and without experience, from students to guest artists, on and off the stage. Arts Collective: Where anything… & EVERYTHING is POSSIBLE!

Celebrate AC’s artistic bravery and unique learning environment, where anything and everything is possible!

Howard Community College – Arts Collective
Columbia, MD 21044
artscollective@howardcc.edu  — (443) 518-1922

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Tickets On Sale Approximately August 1st: $10 – $15 – $20 (Visit AC’s website for special discounts)
Box Office: (443) 518-1500
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