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March 8, 2002

Kimball Theatre brings live concerts, Oscar-nominated film to Merchants Square

The Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square has a full roster of must-see programs for the months of March and April, including exciting live performances—from a one-woman tribute to historical and literary women, a sampling of the ancient Japanese Noh theater and a special concert honoring women of jazz to a reading by a Nobel Prize winning poet—plus a screening of a recent Oscar nominated film, “In the Bedroom.”

Live performances begin March 15 at 7:30 p.m. with “Classical Broads, Divas and Cool Chicks,” Michelle Gilliam’s one-woman show depicting 20 famous literary and historical women from Euripedes’ “Medea” and Blanche from “A Streetcar Named Desire” to Sojourner Truth. Gilliam, who currently works at the Williamsburg-based marketing and sponsorship firm By Design, created the show in 2001 as a tribute to a friend she lost to breast cancer and an aunt who died of ovarian cancer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Phillip West Cancer Center.

Events planned in conjunction with the theater’s partnership with William and Mary include:

  • William and Mary Concert Band–conducted by Dr. Michael Williamson with guest soloist Philip Smith, principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic. Selections will include Bugler’s Holiday by Leroy Anderson and music by James Curnow and Bruce Broughton, March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets $5 for general admission, $3 for students.
  • Noh Theatre-a rare opportunity to experience this ancient Japanese traditional blend of music, drama and dance, March 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students.
  • William and Mary Symphony Orchestra–an afternoon of chamber music with selections by string quartets, wind ensembles and solo/duets, March 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets $7 for general admission, $3 for students.
  • William and Mary Jazz Ensemble–the group will perform traditional swing, funk and jazz with a featured vocalist, April 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets $5 for general admission, $3 for students.
  • Richard Lauw–Maestro Richard Lauw presents original compositions including a premiere of recently composed orchestral works. Tickets $5.
  • An Afternoon with Clara Schumann–Viennese pianist and actress Elisabeth Eschwe will perform recitations and piano music that give an insight into the life of Clara Schumann, gifted partner of composers Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, April 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students.
  • Women of Jazz–jazz and R&B vocalist Jean Carne performs a memorable evening honoring the extraordinary ladies of song, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 and $22.
  • Tres Vidas-a new theatrical work based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women, April 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets $10 each.
  • A Poetry Reading–by Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney, the “most important Irish poet since Yeats,” April 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is free but tickets are required. Call 221-3433.
  • The Virginia Shakespeare Festival–a celebration of the playwright’s birthday complete with a viewing of the academy award-winning film “Shakespeare in Love,” an in-depth introduction by William and Mary professor of theater Jerry Bledsoe and a post-film birthday cake served by the Lord Chamberlain Society, April 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets $10 each.
  • “Oh Dear, We Still Don’t Know Where We Are!”–a hilarious collection of monologues by British comedienne Joyce Grenfell performed by Elisabeth Reiss and Elizabeth Riley, April 23, April 25 and April 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students.

    Films in March and April include: “Mulholland Drive” (through March 17); “Brotherhood of the Wolf” (March 18-21); “In the Bedroom” (March 22-28); “Monster’s Ball” (March 29-April 4); “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (April 5-8); “Songcatcher” (April 9-11); “Himalaya” (April 12-15); “Liam” (April 16-18); “Amelie” April 19-21); “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (April 22-25); and “Lantana” (April 26-30). Film ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, students and children.

    For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588. Advance tickets for all performances are available by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or by visiting any Colonial Williamsburg ticket office. To receive a complete program schedule, leave your name and address on the Kimball Theatre message line at (757) 220-7495.

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    Sophia Hart
    (757) 220-7272