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Indiana University theater group to perform one-act plays in Spanish

Alumna started Grupo de Teatro VIDA to create niche for Spanish language theatre


Indiana University's premiere Spanish theatre group, Grupo de Teatro VIDA, will perform four one-act plays in Spanish titled Relaciones (Relationships) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in Baker University Center Theatre.

This free and open to the public production explores the nature of our relationships with others in four one-act plays from Spain. These pieces, which all explore how we connect with people we do not know well, demonstrate how the past and present are entwined in the bonds we create. 

Additionally, three of the four plays we have selected this season are very modern pieces, allowing us the unique possibility of communicating with these show's authors about our productions.

Grupo de Teatro VIDA was founded by Ohio University alumna Marda Rose in January 2006, in an attempt to create a niche for Spanish language theatre in Bloomington, Ind. The name forms an acronym for the words Vision, Identity, Drama and Art.

While not all members of the group are native speakers, many are bilingual and all share a passion for the Spanish language.

"This group aims to promote language learning by involving students and native speakers of Spanish in the performance of live theater," Rose said. "One of the objectives of this group is to provide another context in which both actors and we, the directors and producers, can share a unique experience where artistry meets language."
 
The titles of the four one-act plays are:

  • Sunny Morning (Mañana de sol) by Álvarez Quintero and Álvarez Quintero (1905)
  • False Charges (Falsas denuncias) by Lidia Falcón (2005)
  • Photographic Memory (Memoria fotográfica) by Beth Escudé (2005)
  • Murcia Express (Talgo con destino a Murcia) by Charo González Casas (1995)


The performances are in collaboration with the Ohio University Department of Modern Languages.

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