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Arts Collective Press Room

23rd Season LogoReviews, Articles & Image Albums
2017 - 2018
 


Making Advances: Revealing Stories of Gender & Sexual Identity

June 7 – 17, 2018
Conceived by Company
Directed by S.G. Kramer
Making Advances: Home Page

"Making Advances" Reviews:

The Baltimore Sun/ Howard County Times, by Patti Restivo
“In 'Making Advances,' a staged revolution: This surreal universe, juxtaposed and paired with the realism of the video clips, will resurface at strategic moments, threaded between storytelling scenes and again at play’s end.
The stellar quality of the directing, design, acting and tech in ‘Making Advances’ never falters from start to finish; all deserve mention as standouts.” Read the Review Here!

TheatreBloom, by Linda Roby
“This show leaves an audience thinking of what the open, curious, and all at the same time beautiful future can hold for communities such as the LGBT+ and others alike.” Read the Review Here! 

"Making Advances" Related Articles:

MD Theatre Guide’s “Quick 5” Interview - Posted by Mark Beachy, Quote by S. G. Kramer
“This play bravely marches toward inherently loaded concepts and ideas around gender and sexual identity. The concept/ storytelling style included in this production, delivers memorable, carefully drawn characters every person witnessing can relate to! We believe this production lifts up, moves toward a future full of hope, acceptance, reconciliation, while standing in the middle of this “in between” place (what we know right now). The take-away, we hope, is about awareness, education. And hope.” Read the Article Here!


Baltimore Sun/ Howard County Times, by Katie V. Jones
A Preview of 3 Plays: By Katie V. Jones “Difficult subjects tackled on county stages”. Read the Story Here!

"Making Advances" Images:

Production Images: Photographer, Bruce F. Press per Arts Collective Facebook Albums
“Making Advances” ACT ONE
“Making Advances” ACT TWO

"Making Advances" Video Trailer:

Videographer, Bruce F. Press -- View the Video Here!

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Improvaganza! AC’s 2nd Annual 3-Night Improv Festival

March 29 – 31, 2018, presented by AC's "What Improv Group?!?!" (W.I.G.)
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Douglas Beatty
Improvaganza: Home Page

"Improvaganza" Preview Articles:

The Baltimore Sun/ Howard County Times, by David Sturm
"Improvaganza! is the culmination of many years of collaborations and partnerships among creative people all over central Maryland." 
Read the Article Here!

AC’s Facebook “Troupe Chat” Interview Series:
A special Q&A Series w/ Improv Festival Troupe Reps… see what they had to say…
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Mikael Johnson from Dad Joke: “If you demand an audience’s time to perform improv for them, then know how to put up and run a good show.” More here!
--Martin Steger from Couch Money: “I think festivals are a good bonding experience and important milestone for teams, old or new. Improv is a lot of work between learning, practicing, and getting reps through performance; festivals help validate that work.” More here!
--Anne Neal 
from Old City Improv: About Improvaganza: “It serves to introduce people to improv. I noticed last year that we were not just performing in front of other improvisers. There were people who just wanted to be entertained, who just wanted to laugh and who clearly wanted to support local theater. That's the best audience.” More here!
--Mitch Fishbein 
from Bad Karaoke Experience: “Improv is very powerful in that it brings together people from all walks of life and allows them to play together, laugh, and have fun. We need more of that in this crazy world, and Improvaganza will help expose more people to this wonderful art form”. More here!
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Pete Pinocci from The Penthouse Basements: “Diversity is an ongoing issue in the improv community (I am part of the improvisers of color group in D.C) and the Improvaganza improv festival includes by far the most diversity I have seen at any festival.” More here!

"Improvaganza" Images:

Production Images: Photographer, Bruce F. Press per Arts Collective Facebook Albums
Thursday, March 29: Bandicoot, Bad Karaoke Experience, W.I.G.
Friday, March 30: Moonbot, Door #3, Old City, Dad Joke, W.I.G.
Saturday, March 31: Couch Money, The Penthouse Basements, Charmsical, W.I.G.

"Improvaganza" Video Trailer:

Videographer, Bruce F. Press -- View the Video Trailer Here!

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A Valentine Affair

Thursday, February 15, 2018, presented by AC's "What Improv Group?!?!" (W.I.G.), HCC's Humanities Department, and Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)
Directed by S. G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart and Tim Singleton
W.I.G.’s Valentine Affair: Home Page

"A Valentine Affair" Preview Article:

DC Metro Theater Arts, by Susan Brall
“Underscoring the romance of the Valentine Holiday, W.I.G. Valentine Affair is presented by Howard Community College’s Arts Collective (AC) and its popular improv troupe, “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.), and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo). The show features W.I.G.’s ground-breaking, edgy take on improvisation, complete with audience participation.” Read the Article Here!

"A Valentine Affair" Images:

Production Images: Photographer, Bruce F. Press per Arts Collective Facebook Albums
View Images Here!

"A Valentine Affair" Video Trailer:

-- Videographer, Bruce F. Press -- View Here!
--AC's Valentine Video for fun: View Here!

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Holiday Memories

December 7 – 10, 2017
Truman Capote’s “The Thanksgiving Visitor” & “A Christmas Memory”!
Stage Version by Russell Vandenbroucke
Directed by S.G. Kramer
Holiday Memories: Home Page

Review:

DC Metro Theater Arts, by Susan Brall
"Holiday Memories is a warm and tender production. The attention to detail pays off... A wonderful achievement of many created by director Susan Kramer and her Assistant Director, Daniel Johnston in this riveting drama. … HCC’s Arts Collective is critically acclaimed and for two decades has encouraged innovational events in the arts as well as providing training for new and talented artists in the region and this production is more proof of the success of their mission.” Read the Review Here!

"Holiday Memories" Related Article:

MD Theatre Guide’s “Quick 5” Interview - Posted by Mark Beachy, Quote by Valerie Lash
“I love playing the child-like, free spirited Miss Sook, who more than anything, loves Truman, her “Buddy.”  Exploring their relationship together has been a joy. Being able to experience the memories of that relationship from the seven year old Truman and the adult Truman, simultaneously, has been very enlightening and rewarding.  Read the Article Here!

"Holiday Memories" Images:

Production Images: Photographer, Bruce F. Press per Arts Collective Facebook Albums
View Images Here!

"Holiday Memories" Video Trailer:

-- Videographer, Bruce F. Press -- View Here!

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Hallowscream 3: W.I.G. Lives!

Friday, October 27, 2017, presented by AC's "What Improv Group?!?!" (W.I.G.), HCC's Humanities Department, and Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)
Directed by S. G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart
Hallowscream 3: Home Page

"Hallowscream 3" Images:

Production Images: Photographer, Bruce F. Press per Arts Collective Facebook Albums
View Images Here!

"Hallowscream 3" Video Trailer:

-- Videographer, Bruce F. Press -- View Here!

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Revolutionary Reading Series

September 29 – October 1, 2017
*** 3-PLAY READING SERIES LINE-UP ***
Revolutionary Reading Series: Home Page

Friday, 9/29: 12 Angry Jurors
Based on the Television Movie by Reginald Rose, adapted by Sherman L. Sergel
Directed by Daniel Johnston

Saturday, 9/30: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
By Dale Wasserman, from the Novel by Ken Kesey
Directed by S. G. Kramer

Sunday, 10/01: The Penelopiad
By Margaret Atwood, based on her novel
Directed by Tara Hart

"Revolutionary Reading Series" Images:

Production Images: Photographer, Bruce F. Press per Arts Collective Facebook Albums
View Images Here!

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Rooftop Coffee House: Make It Fall

Thursday, September 21, 2017, presented by AC's "What Improv Group?!?!" (W.I.G.), HCC's Humanities Department, and Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)
Directed by S. G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart
Rooftop Coffee House: Home Page

"Rooftop Coffee House" Images:

Production Images: Photographer, Bruce F. Press per Arts Collective Facebook Albums
View Images Here!

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“What Improv Group?!” (W.I.G.) 2017-2017 Season Video

Videographer: Bruce F. Press -- View the Video Here!


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