‘Antona García’ to be performed in El Paso, Texas

Jason Yancey (Spanish Golden Age Theatre specialist from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures) and James Bell (theatre professor in the School of Communications) have translated and adapted the play Antona García, written by Tirso de Molina.

Tirso is one of the great playwrights from the Spanish Golden Age, and his Antona García tells the story of the beautiful and courageous Antona during Spain’s war against Portugal.

Tirso’s play has not before been translated into English or performed in English. Making this production both the premiere of this adaptation and the premiere of the play in English. The play did not have an ending but an allusion to a sequel that Tirso never wrote. Yancey and Bell had to adapt the play to work on a modern stage and to develop a suitable ending to complete the arc within the play.

The production also features traditional entremeses, or Spanish Interludes, that will be performed in Spanish. Jason Yancey is teaching a class this semester at GVSU that is developing the entremeses to perform for the production.

Karen Libman (theatre professor in the School of Communications) is directing the production that will be performed here at Grand Valley March 30-April 7, 2012 in the Louis Armstrong Theatre, as the final production in the Theatre Major’s Mainstage Season.

Antona García cast is invited to perform at the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival at the Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas. The festival is the oldest continuous festival dedicated to Spanish Classical Drama. Chamizal is contributing a grant of $20,000 to help bring the production to perform in El Paso. Other funding is coming from the CLAS Dean’s Office, the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, the School of Communications, and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Antona García will perform in El Paso March 7-8, 2012.

GVSU will host a student matinee on Thursday, April 5 at Louis Armstrong Theatre for area secondary and middle school students. Anyone interested in tickets for the performances at Louis Armstrong Theatre should contact the Ticket Office at 331-2300 or visit the Theatre website at www.gvsu.edu/theatre for more information.