April 11, 2002


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The Baltimore Waltz, a highly allegorical dark comedy written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel is currently in production on the Risley Stage. As an in-house show sponsored by Risley, the show is free and open to all.

The play is the story of siblings Carl and Anna. The two take a grand trip to Europe after they learn that Anna has a fatal illness called ATD, or Acquired Toilet Disease, which she apparently contracted during her years of working in an elementary school. However strange this affliction might sound, it soon becomes clear that Anna does not, in fact, have ATD but that her brother Carl is dying of AIDS. The trip, the made-up malady, and Anna’s strange imaginings are all for the sake of her sick brother as he lays dying in a Baltimore hospital. The show is a touching commentary on our society’s stereotypes, the love between family, and the sacrifices we make for one another.

The show stars Craig W. Divino ’04, Tim Flood ’03, and Shira Golding ’03 and is directed by Hans Vermy. The Baltimore Waltz can be seen at Risley Friday night at 8 p.m., Saturday at both 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., as well as Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Risley Theatre is located in Risley Residential College on Thurston Avenue. This show is free of charge, but audience members are encouraged to arrive early in order to secure a seat.

Archived article by Nate Brown