The production, which also will travel to the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in September, features four students from Atkins Middle School.
Texas Tech University's School of Theatre & Dance, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, will present a backyard performance of Federico Garcia Lorca's “Doña Rosita: The Spinster” on Saturday (June 30). The performance, directed by David Kaplan, will begin at 7 p.m. and take place at 3727 94th Place to mimic the environment in which the production will be performed professionally later this year.
A story of unrequited love set around 1900 in Granada, Spain, “Doña Rosita: The Spinster” paints a sympathetic picture of a young girl as she waits in vain for her fiancé to return and her hopes of marriage fade. In keeping with the childlike faith of Rosita and her family, and backed by a harpist and a guitarist playing classical Spanish music, the production is cast with a talented ensemble of students from Texas Tech and Lubbock's Atkins Middle School.
“While we could have cast our own students, our school wanted to advance community education and experience by partnering with Atkins Middle School to cast Lorca's classic,” said Mark Charney, director of the School of Theatre & Dance. “With the enthusiastic support of Atkins Principal Chris Huber and theater teacher Amy Laney, the show features four talented middle school students who have the opportunity to learn from internationally celebrated director David Kaplan.”
The production will travel to Massachusetts for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in September. It is Texas Tech's third time producing for the festival, which is curated by Kaplan.
The performance is free and open to the public, and seating is limited. For more information, call (806) 742-3603.
About Texas Tech University's School of Theatre & Dance
The School of Theatre & Dance at Texas Tech University fosters the highest standards of scholarship and creative activity and provides opportunities for students to work actively in both areas. Faculty and staff champion training and education in a breadth of specialized programs, encourage students to cross boundaries between them and prepare students for careers in both practice and pedagogy. By integrating the practical and the scholarly, the school serves as a vital force in the cultural and intellectual life of society.