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A play that debuted on the Arizona State University campus last spring as part of Barrett, the Honors College’s annual MYTHFEST Festival will be presented Off-Broadway this summer.
The play, titled Summer, Summer, is scheduled to be performed with its ASU cast, in a Festival of Readings of Plays by Puerto Rican authors sponsored by the Dramatists Guild at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York. The Festival will take place July 10-14, 2018. Summer, Summer will be the opening show on July 11.
Summer, Summer came about through a project by Dr. Oscar Giner, a member of the honors faculty at ASU. Giner has been engaged in a project entitled Three Classic Puerto Rican Plays. Its main goal is to introduce U.S. scholars and theater audiences to classic Puerto Rican theater and history through a representative selection of Puerto Rican dramatic texts in English translations done by Giner.
The first phase of this project consisted of the translation and production of Verano, Verano (Summer, Summer), a recent play by legendary Puerto Rican playwright and theater artist Myrna Casas.
The play was presented April 20 and 21, 2018 during the annual MYTHFEST Festival that Giner and students produce for Barrett Honors College. Casas, the playwright, attended the staging of her play in the outdoor amphitheater at Barrett’s Tempe campus.
The production consists of a cast of four actors, including Katrina Donaldson, an actress of Puerto Rican heritage who is an alumna of the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theater and a leading performer of Orange Theatre in Phoenix; Quinn Johnson, an ASU SoFDT alumnus and now a master’s student at the Royal Academy of Arts in London; and Emily Adams, who graduated from the SoFDT with honors from Barrett Honors College in May and who received the Distinguished Award for Creativity at the spring honors convocation. Dr. Giner performs the part of Don Pablo, chorus, and narrator of the play.
“The opportunity to perform Off-Broadway in a production originally conceived, produced and performed at the Barrett Honors College will no doubt prove an exceptional experience for young professionals who are School of Film, Dance and Theatre and Barrett alumni,” Giner said.
“In these times of troubles, Puerto Ricans treasure even small victories. It will be a singular privilege to participate in this event, performing Myrna Casas’ brilliant play. We hope the week of readings brings attention to the situation in the island,” he added, alluding to the hardship Puerto Ricans have faced since Hurricane Maria hit the island last fall.