Theatre Dept. to perform The Quadroon Girl

caleb-mizeThe Theatre at Marietta College and the Office of Academic Affairs is proud to present two performances of The Quadroon Girl in the Alma McDonough Auditorium on Feb. 28 and March 2.

The Quadroon Girl was written by Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, and will be translated and directed by Caleb Mize ’14 (Alexandria, Ohio). Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28 and 8 p.m., Sunday, March 2.

Mize is directing the play as part of his senior capstone project, and it also fits with the College Theme — Internationalization: Global Perspectives. Mize was able to get a grant from the College Theme committee to bring this performance to campus. It is also an added event to the Theatre performance calendar. 

In The Quadroon Girl, plans for an arranged marriage between a noble daughter and a wealthy son will solve present problems and secure the future, but such plans do not account for true love, family secrets and prejudice. Tapia y Rivera, honored as the father of Puerto Rican literature, wrote this stirring and elegantly structured melodrama in the 1860s. His writing becomes an artistic extension of his work to abolish slavery and secure equal rights for women. 

he translation was completed with the help of the Latin American Studies faculty, and is an edited version of the script.

“Having come to love this work from my study abroad experience in Latin American Theatre in Puerto Rico, I find this piece speaking directly to our experiences in Southeastern Ohio concerning diversity and global perspectives," Mize said. "Being different and having the freedom to love not only whoever you may come to care for in this life, but also to love yourself for your differences is a highlight in our show. The quest for money and power in these characters’ lives displays an accurate account of the consequences of self-interest and bigotry.”

Mize will defend his capstone following the March 2 performance. He will begin with a public presentation on his process and learning throughout the experience, and will end with a Q and A session. (The entire session should last about 30 minutes.)

Additionally, the first act of the show will be presented in the original Spanish as part of International Week sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and the Office of Education Abroad at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, in the Great Room of Andrews Hall.

The performances are free and open to the public; no reservation is necessary. For more information: Caleb Mize, (614) 743-1105, czm001@marietta.edu, or Jeffrey Cordell at jmc004@marietta.edu.

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