‘Antona García’ Shines in Texas

‘Antona García’ cast was 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 contributed a grant of $20,000 to help bring the production to perform in El Paso. Other funding came 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 performed in El Paso March 7-8, 2012.

GVSU actor, Chaz Bratton, said that “getting to travel with the show was a dream come true for me. El Paso was so amazing and changed a lot of misconceptions I had with Texas.”

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.

Karen Libman (theatre professor in the School of Communications) is directing the production and it 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 at the core, is a great swashbuckling adventure with a strong female protagonist. It is like a wonderball; it has everything,” said Bratton. “Our production has done a fabulous job of keeping it as traditional and true to the source material, while simultaneously keeping it fresh for a modern audience.”

When asked what is his favorite part is in the show, Bratton replied “I have a sword fight. Tell me that is not awesome. I dare you.”

For more information on show times and how to get tickets, click here.