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The John Astin Theatre and the Johns Hopkins Theatre Arts and Studies Program Present ‘Dura Mater’

Oct. 28, 2014
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805

The John Astin Theatre and the Johns Hopkins University Theatre Arts and Studies Program will present John Pietrowski’s Dura Mater directed by James Glossman, opening Friday, Nov. 7.

This edgy, dark comedy-drama is a world premiere by award-winning playwright Pietrowski, whose work has been featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and across the United States.

The play revolves around Paul. His mom, a kindergarten-teacher, is in the hospital because her husband of 35 years, the nicest, quietest man in the world, suddenly threw a glass tumbler at her during dinner. Paul knows this hospital well because his wife is seven months pregnant and it’s where they’ve been taking parenting classes. Paul struggles to understand his father’s surprise violence and deal with the impending birth of his first child.

The production contains adult themes and language.

Pietrowski is an actor and artistic director of Playwrights Theatre in Madison, N.J. Glossman is the associate artistic director of that theater and a lecturer in Johns Hopkins’ Theatre Arts & Studies Program.

Performance dates: Fridays and Saturdays, November 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, November 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5 Johns Hopkins students; $13 senior citizens (65+) and Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, alumni and retirees; $15 general admission. JAT Box Office, online at HUT@jhu.edu or call 410-516-5153 or 410-516-0618 Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash or checks only. Patrons who present their South Garage parking stub to the John Astin Theatre box office will receive $2 off one ticket.

Venue and parking information: The John Astin Theatre is located in the historic Merrick Barn on the Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Md. Paid parking is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Dr.

The Theatre Arts and Studies Program is celebrating its 12th season. Renowned actor John Astin, a Johns Hopkins alumnus, leads the theater company and is director of the university’s Theatre Arts and Studies Program. In December 2011, in recognition of Astin’s 10-year anniversary of teaching, acting and directing at Johns Hopkins, the university named the Merrick Barn theatre in his honor.


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