So much going on and so little time so I'll get right down to it!
We've come to the final production of the 52nd Season with the original piece written by Adam Dever and directed by Vanessa Keyser (husband and wife team) titled "R & J." It's very loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet where the show takes place in a high school that is peforming the play Romeo and Juliet. The twist comes where the two main characters are BOTH transgender and unfortunately, due to intolerance and unacceptance, ends in tragedy.
For a long time, the Playhouse had stayed away from more controversial pieces, but this time we decided to take a bold step. Theater is in the business of telling stories; some are funny, some are sad. This story could be ripped from the headlines of today's news where people are being bullied or killed for who they are. Theater is also art and we hope that this story as with any other will inspire people to think differently and walk away with a better idea of what others who are not like them endure. This is perhaps not the easiest show to watch, but the young adults who put their time and talents to present it should be appaulded for their efforts and guts in bringing it to you. We invite you come see it and come with open hearts and minds. Theres is this disclaimer: This show contains adult language, violence and some situations not suitable for children or those easily offended.
As this season comes to a close we will open the 53rd season with Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf. School is out and summer will kick in, so we hope you make plans in your summer schedule to join us. I'll share more information about our events for the upcoming season.
Finally, as a testament to the successful season we've had, we are proud to have been nominated for Best of the Best run by What's Up El Paso. We were nominated for:
Best Local Nonprofit
Best Place to Take a Date
Best Local Monument/Landmark
Best Production - "Steel Magnolias" Director Veronica Frescas
Best Production - "It's a Wonderful Life" Director Eurydice Saucedo
Best Production - "Normal Heart" Director Alex Wright
As far as we're concerned, ALL of our productions were the "BEST OF" however, we thank you who nominated us in these categories. We're very honored to have been nominated and we hope to see you out at the party tonight at 208 N. Octavia (May 18) to cast your votes.
See you at the Playhouse!
Veronica Frescas - President
El Paso Playhouse