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Students and faculty attended performances by the Los Jimediantes Theatre Company.

 

On the nights of May 3 and 10, the Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Fine Arts Building was transformed into Marseilles, France during the hectic years of World War II.
 
The Jimediantes Theatre Company, a recently founded group by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, consists primarily of graduate students, along with several undergraduates and faculty members. The company chose to perform El Rapto de Europa (The Rapture of Europe), a 1943 three-act play by playwright Max Aub, under the direction of Dr. José M. Naharo-Calderón.
 
The play centers on the tale of Margaret, a leader in the Emergency Rescue Committee. In that era, the ERC worked reverently to evacuate intellectuals and rebels of various European descents whose lives were threatened by the fascist regimes that plagued the continent. Thematically, the characters in the play were created to impress the importance of strong humanitarian values such as liberty and dignity. Margaret is only one of many people at that time who worked endlessly to secure the safety of European activists, and ultimately secure the freedom of the individual countries under totalitarian rule.
 
For the stereotypes of the time, the women in the play rise up considerably more than the men and prove to be crucial figures in the call to action. The cast rehearsed for hours to convincingly portray the world of tension, drama, and passion that was the resistance during World War II.
 
Attendees were welcomed to a reception with the cast and crew after the opening night performance.

 

Date of Publication: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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