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New translation of Spanish play to be presented in bilingual performances

Posted 04/12/16

The Fitchburg State theater program in association with its Humanities Department will be present the American premiere of El Delantal Blanco (The White Apron) by Sergio Vodanovic, newly translated by Luz Elena Denney, at Percival Auditorium in Percival Hall, 254 Highland Ave. Admission is free.

The short play, running about 20 minutes, will be presented twice each night, once each in Spanish and English. The performances will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.

“This production celebrates the rich teaching career of Dr. Maria Jaramillo of the Humanities Department who will be retiring this spring,” said Professor Richard McElvain, who is directing the show.

“We asked Dr. Jaramillo to select a favorite play and she chose this one because she knows and admires the author, and it investigates the abuse of the lower classes in South American society,” added Professor Kelly Morgan. “It is a subject that has resonance for American society as well.”

The play tells the story of how a lady and her maid, enjoying a day at the beach, turn their worlds inside out and upside down by the exchange of clothing, specifically the white apron emblematic of the serving class.

Morgan asked Luz Elana Denney to translate the work, which will be presented in both languages at each performance. “It will be easy to see it in both Spanish and English and enjoy how the same story plays differently in different languages,” he said.

The performances on Wednesday and Thursday will begin with the Spanish version, followed by the English, with the order reversed for the Friday and Saturday shows.

The casts includes Kiara Pichardo and Delaney Barry, recently seen on campus in Bad Jews (produced by the Falcon Theatre Company and Theatre on Tap), along with Samantha Wheatley, who appeared in the University’s main stage productions The Importance of Being Earnest and Noises Off. Theater majors Stephanie Bisono and Christian Luna Pereyra also appear in the play. McElvain, the director, recently appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film Joy.

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