A theater company from Grand Valley State University is the only group from the U.S. invited by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, to perform during the 2012 international Spanish Golden Age Drama Festival at the Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, TX, March 6-8.
“It is a huge honor for Grand Valley to be invited to perform as part of the Spanish Drama Festival at the Chamizal National Memorial,” says professor of theatre Karen Libman. “The other groups invited are professional theater companies from Mexico and Spain.”
The GVSU thespians will be performing an English translation premiere of Antona Garcia.
“The Spanish Golden Age plays were serious/comic diversions usually about powerful men who fell in love with beautiful women, or women characters who dressed as men to vindicate their honor,” explains James Bell, assistant professor of theater in the School of Communications. “Antona Garcia is different in that one woman is the dominant character, and she doesn’t hide the fact that she’s a woman, but rather is valued for her beauty, strength and accomplishments.”
Believe it or not, you can see this adaptation for yourself right here in Grand Rapids. Encore performances will be featured at Grand Valley’s Performing Arts Center March 30 - April 7. To purchase tickets, $6-$12, call the Louis Armstrong box office at 616-331-2300.
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Source: Karen Libman, Grand Valley State University; James Bell, Grand Valley State University
Writer: Jennifer Wilson, Do Good Editor