TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, April 1, 2004
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New show to be ‘on fire’
TCU Theatre debuts play in honor of the Latin American Arts Festival.

By Lauren Lea and Matt Turner
Staff Reporters

A story of friendship and the power of language comes to life Thursday as theatre students present “Burning Patience.”

Written by Chilean author Antonio Skarmeta, the story is set in Chile and is based on the true story of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda.

Harry Parker, chairman of the theatre department, said it is a completely student-run production with students planning every aspect of the play. First-time director Jorge Davila, a senior theatre major, said he is extremely excited to be directing the play.
“This is an experience I could not put into words,” Davila said. “I have gained so much knowledge about the theatre it’s amazing.”

Davila said every semester one show is completely produced by students. He said they have been preparing for a little more than a month for the opening of the show.

Parker said the story takes place in Isla Negra, Chile, where Neruda was in exile because of his political beliefs. The play focuses on how his poetry influences two people to fall in love and later how his poetry reaches the rest of the world. Neruda won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1971 for the changes his poetry sparked in the Communist regime.

Parker said the play was also made into a successful movie in Italy called “Il Postino.”
Faculty selected the play which was originally written in Spanish and translated to English, said Robyn Kriel, a spokeswoman for the play. She said they chose the play in honor of the Latin American Arts Festival.

The play stars David Fluitt as Pablo, Monique Lara as Rosa, Stephen Levall as Mario and Mariana Fernandez as Beatriz. Kriel said actors went through a standard audition process and that some actors were chosen for their Latino looks. She said they advertised the play in the “Fort Worth Weekly” and by word of mouth.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., April 1-3 in Hays Theatre inside the Walsh Center for Performing Arts. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Ty Halasz/Staff Photographer
Freshman theatre major Mariana Fernandez (left) and junior theatre major Stephen Leval will star in “Burning Patience,” which runs April 1-3 in the Hays Theatre.
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