Sharon and Lawrence Rothman
Patrons and University of Maryland Alumni
What does the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center mean to you?
The Clarice Smith Center was a major change to the cultural life of the University of Maryland. I think it’s the best venue I’ve been to since I had an affiliation with the university.
SCOTT EICHINGER, Manager of Individual Donor Relations, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
One night, late in the summer of 1995, I took my grandmother Audrey to see a local theatre company’s production of the musical, The Secret Garden. I thought it would be a great treat for her. She enjoyed the movie version of the classic story and she had never seen a musical on stage. As we sat in the theatre and the lights went down, she took my hand and held it through the entire performance.
…I found myself watching her take in the performance. She was transfixed! There was magic in her eyes.
ANNE BOGART, Artistic Director, SITI Company
When I was a school kid in Providence, Rhode Island, I was brought in on a yellow bus one day to the Trinity United Methodist Church, where the Trinity Repertory Company was performing Macbeth, directed by Adrian Hall.
I was 15 years old and that day turned me into a director.
…I didn’t understand what was happening…and yet I knew what I was going to do for the rest of my life. Be a director.
JOHN LAYMAN, UMD Professor Emeritus, Physics and Science Education & Donor
Theater has the luxury of generating re-creations and interpretations of events and ideas plucked from all of history and from the imaginations of men and women. Fortunately, on extraordinary occasions, theater will create new history to be savored by history’s creators and those of us privileged to be present.
The history generated that evening may have begun within our group in the Clarice Smith Center, but one cannot tell where it has gone from there.