May 17, 2004
Students perform theater pieces in five languages
By Jennifer McNulty
For language students, performing live theater is the ultimate test.
spring, UCSC students of Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish
will show off their talents during International Playhouse IV, the annual
staging of short plays in their original languages--with English supertitles.
This years performances take place in the Stevenson Events Center
on May 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and on May 22, at 2:30 p.m. Admission is
free and open to the public.
The plays are directed, or written and directed, by lecturers in the
UCSC Language Program.
Live performance in the language they are studying challenges students
to develop confidence, said French instructor Miriam Ellis, who is retiring
after 33 years of teaching at UCSC. Ellis has produced UCSC performances
in French since 1971; four years ago, the event expanded to include
Each play will be fully staged with sets and costumes. Students receive
academic credit for the course that culminates in the performances;
instructors work as volunteers.
The International Playhouse is a collaboration of the Humanities Division,
Cowell and Stevenson Colleges, and the Language Program.
French: LAmour Médecin (Doctor Love) by Molière;
adapted and directed by Miriam Ellis.
Spanish: La Cueva de Salamanca (The Cave of Salamanca)
by Miguel de Cervantes; directed by Paco Ramírez.
Italian: Fratello Bancomat (Brother ATM) and Coincidenze
(Coincidences) by Stefano Benni; adapted and directed by Giulia Centineo.
Chinese: Cross Talk, written and directed by Jackie Ku.
Japanese: Three Tangerines from the Izumi School and Food
for Life: A Trilogy by Juzo Itami et al; adapted and directed by
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