Above Mural Honoring Trinidad Sanchez, Jr.
Boulder Poetry Festival
2-6 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2006
Octavio Solis Play to open on the 5th
Octavio Solis play “Marfa Lights" premieres at
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University will present the world-premiere of Marfa Lights, a potent new theatrical work by Texas native and San Francisco playwright Octavio Solis. The production marks the first performance in the Studio Theatre of the new Fine Arts Complex at Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14.
In Marfa Lights, a fraternity hazing takes on a dangerous tone and unforeseen and interesting encounters lead to the play’s unique conclusion. The play confronts larger questions of identity, racism and violence with candor and surprising tenderness that can be related to any university. Marfa Lights contains adult language and intense situations not suitable for children. The production will be WTAMU’s entry in the American College Theatre Festival.
According to Royal R. Brantley, director of the production and head of the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre, Marfa Lights was specifically written for WTAMU.
“It was commissioned by the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts,” Brantley said.
The play, which runs approximately 85 minutes, will be performed without an intermission. Cast members for this world premiere production are listed by hometown, classification, major and role.
Michael Newman, senior theatre major—Hank
Matthew Payne, freshman mass communication/public relations major—Tubbs
Orlando Segarra, junior theatre major—Jorge
Laura Harrell, senior musical theatre major—Lena
Will Grayson, senior theatre major—Sonny
Skylar Hinds, freshman theatre major—Meiken
Dustin Swatzell, junior theatre major—Jim
Savanna Shipp, sophomore theatre major—Babe
Solis, who met Brantley during their graduate school days at
“This is definitely new and definitely different,” Brantley said. “A rare opportunity for any theatre.”
The playwright’s other works include Man of the Flesh, Prospect, Seven Visions of Encarnacion and
WTAMU students with a Buff Gold Card can attend Marfa Lights at no charge. Tickets for WTAMU theatre productions are priced at $10 to $15 each for reserved seating and $7 to $9 each for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Season tickets also are available and offer ticket holders convenience and savings. Group rates also are available. Tickets for Marfa Lights will go on sale Monday, Sept. 25. For more information, call the BIT box office at 806-651-2798.
Christine Granados in
Friday, October, 13, 6:15 p.m.
Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, Texas read from
"Brides and Sinners" with Diane Gonzales Bertrand and Diana Lopez as
part of the Texas Latino Voices series presented by the Texas Center for the Book.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration Continues - Events in EPT
TBA. Reading by John Rechy. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Department. 747-5713.
Carmen Tafolla to Speak at MANA de
Dinner Performance by Carmen Tafolla
Poet & Author, Carmen Tafolla,
Dr. Carmen Tafolla is an internationally acclaimed writer and educational consultant. A poet, author, and sought-after speaker and performer, she has published five books of poetry, seven television screenplays, one non-fiction volume, and numerous short stories, academic articles, and children's works. She has just completed a movie script co-authored with film-maker Sylvia Morales for a feature-length film, a comedy entitled REAL MEN...and other miracles. Her works are archived at the
New book out on Fidel
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