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July 1-29: Summer INK! theater program

FREDERICK, Md.—The theater program at Hood College is producing a workshop this summer focused on developing pieces ranging from the experimental to more traditional plays.

Taking place in Hood’s Avalon Theater in July, Summer INK! will involve collaboration between writers, directors and students, which will aid in the evolution of the art, artists and students involved. The program is intended to help each writer evolve their original project to the next stage and to help make Hood College and Frederick a hot-bed for the development of original, creative, artistic works across many disciplines.

Summer INK! will follow a three step process. First the artists will present a reading of the original work in front of an audience, and the audience, actors, directors and crew will discuss the play and offer feedback to the creators. Then the writers and directors will work on re-writes and further development of the projects for approximately four weeks. The artists will then present a final reading of the piece using the same cast and crew in front of an audience, which will again be followed by feedback.

This summer the program is developing an original work rooted in improvisation and sketch comedy created by Hood College alumni Giovanni Kavota of the Maryland Ensemble Theatre and Matt Kline; “Hope Full (Albuquerque),” a new play written by Hood College theater director Joe Brady and directed by Suzanne Beale, co-artistic director of Rep Stage in Columbia, Md.; and “BIG and small” (working title), a one-act play written by Tim Marrone and directed by Brady.

Kavota’s and Kline’s first sketch comedy presentation will be July 1 at 7 p.m. Brady will present “Hope Full (Albuquerque)” July 2 at 7 p.m. Marrone will present “BIG and small” July 8 at 7 p.m.

The final presentations for the sketch comedy show and “BIG and small” are scheduled for July 29 at 7 p.m. The final presentation for “Hope Full (Albuquerque)” is scheduled for July 30 at 7 p.m.

The performances are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. For more information, contact Brady at or 301-696-3720.