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September 14th, 2009
Playwrights Conference comes to Texas State

STAFF REPORT

Students and professionals in the dramatic arts are converging on Texas State this week, Sept 14-20, for the 7th Annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference.

The featured plays and playwrights this year, chosen from submissions sent in from all over the country, are Judy Tate’s “Slashes of Light” and Amparo Garcia-Crow’ s “The Bonobos.”

Tate’s “Slashes of Light” is set in 1967 in an all-black parochial middle school on the south side of Chicago. Precocious young Sunny befriends the new white history teacher, but her best friend, a budding young radical, doesn’t approve, and the older boy she has a crush on is mysteriously quiet. In a coming-of-age story, the characters confront their deepest secrets in a struggle to understand themselves, each other and the world around them.

Directed readings of “Slashes of Light” will be featured Friday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Theatre Center. Tickets are $3.

“The Bonobos,” Garcia-Crow’s play, centers on divorced couple Lorenzo and Antonia, who have been having an affair. When a cyber pornography unit comes knocking on Lorenzo’s door during a tryst, the couple discover that Tiffany, their 17-year-old daughter, has been starring in and selling internet “instructional videos” falsely implicating Lorenzo as a child pornographer. In the process of defending his innocence, the hypocrisies of sex in one family illuminate the missing link that could bring them all back together again.

Directed Readings of Garcia-Crow’s The Bonobos will be Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20, at 1noon in the Theatre Center. Tickets are 3$.

Rehearsals for both plays will take place Sept. 14 through Sept. 17 from 6-10 p.m. in Theatre Center rooms 206 and 209. Students and the public are invited to attend. There is no charge to attend the rehearsals.

This event is sponsored by the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance and the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies. For further information about this event, call (512) 245-2147.

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