Theater begins production

Drama prepares for two new plays this semester

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A new school year has begun and the LMC Drama department is preparing for the two big shows they will be producing this semester.

The LMC Drama Department will be producing comedic play “Olé for Hollywood” which will be guest directed by Outreach Director Tyrone Davis from the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. The show will explore the stereotypes of Latin culture in pop culture and the entertainment industry.

“It’s set at an awards show” explained Drama Department Chair and Professor Nick Garcia, “It’s a sketch comedy”

Written by actor and playwright Cris Franco, the show won an Honorable Mention for Best Ensemble at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in 2006. Franco will be brought in to write original material for the actors cast in the show.

“It’s the positive kind of offensive [humor],” joked Drama student and assistant director for the other upcoming play Tiffanie Moore, “It’s putting out there all the things that Hollywood has degraded Latinos for”

The production will be opening mid-October and will be performed in the Little Theater on campus.

While [Olé for Hollywood] is funny,” explained LMC student Elysse Green, “it will allow you to think about certain things as far as race.”

In early December, Garcia will be directing a dramatic Pulitzer-winning play entitled “Ruined” written by Lynn Nottage which also tackles issues on equity. The story is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo and centers around the struggles of women during the civil war.

“These women who have had horrific things happen to them are still so strong and so full of love and resilience,” said Garcia.