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For immediate release
March 6, 2009

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Theatre at CCBC presents Lynn Nottage’s ‘Las Meninas’
8 p.m. March 19-21, 2 p.m. March 20 and 10 a.m. March 23, B Building Theatre, CCBC Essex

Baltimore County, Md. – Join Theatre at the Community College of Baltimore County as it unravels an historical mystery in Lynn Nottage’s “Las Meninas” 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21, 2 p.m. Friday, March 20 and 10 a.m. Monday, March 23 in the “B” Building Theatre at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for seniors, CCBC students, faculty, staff and alumni association members. For tickets and information, call the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-ARTS.

Was the mysterious Black Nun of Moret really the illegitimate daughter of Queen Marie-Therese, wife of Louis XIV? Did the King have her sent to a convent to hide the queen’s illicit love affair with her African servant, the dwarf Nabo? Nottage’s rarely produced “Las Meninas” provides one dramatic and humorous take on this historical mystery. Nottage’s “Fabulation” is currently running at CenterStage to rave reviews.

The “Las Meninas” cast features: Audrey Ndaba of Middle River, Md. as Louise (the daughter as an adult); Jennifer Skarzinski of Parkville, Md. as Queen Marie-Therese; Steven Brown of Sparrows Point, Md. as King Louis XIV; Warren Sweeley of Waverly, Md. as Nabo (the African dwarf); Samantha Trionfo of Parkville, Md. as Mother Superior; Diego Tapia of Highlandtown, Md. as Painter; Cara Darnell of Parkville, Md. as the Queen Mother; Lianna Brizzi of Joppa, Md. as LaValliere; Ryan Moiles of White Marsh, Md. as Doctor; Zuleika Tajiddin of Baltimore City, Md. as Lady Servant; Shannon Hammer of Sparrows Point, Md. as Lady Courtier; Sean Kelly of Essex, Md. as Male Courtier and Alan Berlett of Nottingham, Md. as Male Courtier

This production is directed by Precious B. Stone, CCBC assistant professor of Speech, Theatre and Mass Communication. Costume design is by James J. Fasching. Several student designers, working under the direction of Technical Director and CCBC faculty member Terri Raulie, are also involved in this production: Jacob Brooks of Essex, Md. – set design (AFA student); Phillip Payne of Nottingham, Md. – lighting design (AFA student) and Hank Meyer of Sparrows Point, Md. – sound design.

Theatre at CCBC, part of the department of Performing Arts and Humanities in the School of Liberal Arts, produces student theatre productions on the Essex and Catonsville campuses. Under the guidance of professional directors and supported by professional designers, students in both acting and technical theatre gain practical experience through the production of new and classic dramas, comedies and musicals. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre at the Essex campus, CCBC offers both the A.A. and the A.F.A. in two available tracks: Acting and Technical Theatre & Design. For more information about enrolling in Theatre programs at CCBC, visit the CCBC Web site at www.ccbcmd.edu.

The “B” Building Theatre at CCBC Essex is wheelchair accessible and offers listening assistance devices for the hearing impaired. Upon advance request, audio description for the visually impaired may also be arranged. Patrons requiring accommodation are urged to inform the CCBC Box Office in advance by calling 443-840-ARTS.

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