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It’s 'All in the Timing' for CCBC Catonsville Academic Theatre
March 14-18 in the Center for the Arts Theatre, CCBC Catonsville
David Ives’ collection of short, comic plays allows ensemble cast to take on many roles

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (February 26, 2014) – Take eight one-act plays add 13 versatile student actors and you have the recipe for a great evening of fun and laughter when CCBC Catonsville Academic Theatre performs playwright David Ives’ collection of short, comic plays produced as “All in the Timing.” The plays will be presented 8 p.m. March 14 and 15, 3 p.m. March 16, 10 a.m. March 17 and 1 p.m. March 18 in the Center for the Arts at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for seniors, students, faculty, staff and alumni. For tickets and information, call the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-ARTS (2787).

Since the incredible success of the first performance this collection, playwright David Ives has written additional short plays, which are regularly produced under the title “All in the Timing.” This production features the six original short plays, plus two more recent additions:

SURE THING is a classic of contemporary comedy: Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce HAMLET and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters?

THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics—and, of course, true love.

PHILIP GLASS BUYS A LOAF OF BREAD is a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery.

THE PHILADELPHIA presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into "a Philadelphia," a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for.

VARIATIONS ON THE DEATH OF TROTSKY shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber's axe he's discovered in his head.

SPEED-THE-PLAY is a crash-course send-up of David Mamet, presenting the complete works of the master of scatological dialogue in just under seven male-bonding minutes.

ENGLISH MADE SIMPLE starts when a young man and woman meet at a party, and their immediate romantic attraction is translated into comically unromantic grammar lessons as they struggle to free themselves from the banal constrictions of party talk.

The ensemble cast (in alphabetical order) includes: Sade Ali of Pikesville, Md., Robert Gaskins III of Gwynn Oak, Md., Charles Gearhart of Baltimore, Md., Aaron Hancock of Baltimore, Md., Aris Hines of Reisterstown, Md., Timothy Johnson of Towson, Md., Lavonne Jones of Baltimore, Md., Paris Brown of Windsor Mill, Md., Yakov Langer of Owings Mills, Md., Devin McKay of Baltimore, Md., Ashley Saville of Edgewood, Md., Randi Seepersad of Randallstown, Md. and Naomi Steven of Catonsville, Md. The cast plays multiple roles in multiple plays.

The production is directed by guest director Jessica Garrett of Single Carrot Theatre with set and lighting design by G. Maurice “Moe” Conn and costumes by James J. Fasching.

The Center for the Arts at CCBC Catonsville is an accessible facility. Please request special accommodation when purchasing tickets from the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-ARTS (2787).

Photos by David Frey are available at

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