Department of Theatre Celebrates Performance “Las Meninas” at the Kennedy Center

The Department of Theatre’s production of “Las Meninas” by Lynn Nottage, directed by Assistant Professor Eve Muson, has been invited to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as part of the American College Theater Festival. The performance, which is open to the public, will take place at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), a national theatre program that annually involves 18,000 students from more than 600 colleges and universities, serves as a catalyst to advance the quality of college theatre. Only four productions each year are invited to the non-competitive national festival at the Kennedy Center, following a screening process that involves local adjudication and appearances at regional festivals.

“Las Meninas” was originally staged at UMBC in fall 2010. The production features choreography by Renée Brozic Barger (Dance, ’99), scenery and costumes by Elena Zlotescu (associate professor), lighting and sound by Terry Cobb (designer/production manager), dialect direction by Lynn Watson (associate professor) and dialect coaching by Natasha Staley (adjunct professor).

Set in the glittering court of Louis XIV, “Las Meninas” tells the story of the seduction of Queen Marie-Therese, and the consequences of her scandalous affair with Nabo Sensugali, her African servant. Irreverent and ironic, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage shines a fiercely imaginative beam on a fascinating but forgotten bit of history that reveals contemporary truths about the racial divide.

Tickets are $10 and are available through the Kennedy Center Box Office and will also be available at the door. For more information, call the Department of Theatre at ext. 5-2917.

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