Teatro Latino Estudiantil presents An Afternoon
with our Actors,
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- March 16, 1999 -- Teatro Latino Estudiantil will
present "An Afternoon with our Actors: Acting, Music and Conversation
/ Una tarde con nuestros actores: actuacion, musica y conversacion, "
at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein College of Continuing Education,
80 Washington St., on Saturday, March 27, at 3 p.m., in Room 441. The performance
is free and open to the public.
The presentation should be of particular interest to young Hispanics
interested in maintaining their language and cultural heritage, while working
to integrate the themselves into the wider community. People studying Spanish,
and those who wish to find creative ways for minority youths to express
their concerns should also find this presentation valuable.
Feintstein CCE Dean Walter A. Crocker and Resurreccion Espinosa, founder
and director Teatro Latino Estudiantil, will greet the audience briefly
and talk about the creation of the Latino theater.
Then several scenes will be performed"three from The Courtship of
Luis Espejo and three from The Importance of Being Macho.
The Courtship of Luis Espejo deals with a young man, Luis Espejo, who
leaves the Army ready to "make it in North American society. One of
his first decisions towards this end is to marry an Anglo girl, Melanie
Lathrop, a fact that forces the characters to face issues of living in two
cultures and with two languages.
The Importance of Being Macho ( which will be performed on the Kingston
campus on April 15) deals with the life of Luis Espejo in his South Providence
neighborhood and the conditions of life that he wants to create for his
family and his people.
Both plays are bilingual because that,s the manner of communication for
the Hispanic community depicted. The two songs sung in "The Importance
of Being Macho will be part of the program: "Vendre, sung by Yldania
Polanco, and "Gentle Neighbors, by John Devaney. The composer, Charles
Frink, will accompany the singers on a keyboard.
Teatro Latino members who will participate in this performance are: URI
alumni Miriam Gorriaran and John Devaney, his two children, Scarlet and
Michael; URI students Ivette Jimenez, Ana Tavares, Ed Lopez, Martin Fernandez,
Belkis Mercedes, Niurka Castillo, Dilicia Perdomo, Sheila Lahijani, and
Jhomphy Ventura, who is also the stage manager.
A question-and-answer period will follow.
The event is co-sponsored by the URI Feinstein College of Continuing
Education and Youth in Action. Teatro Latino Estudiantil / URI is a member
of The Hispanic Heritage Committee / R.I., and its work is funded, in part,
by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116