show to be on fire
Theatre debuts play in honor of the Latin American Arts
Lea and Matt Turner
A story of friendship and the power of language comes
to life Thursday as theatre students present Burning
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 its 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
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.
theatre major Mariana Fernandez (left) and junior
theatre major Stephen Leval will star in Burning
Patience, which runs April 1-3 in the Hays