Identity crisis

Maria Eutsler

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A woman of Latin descent denies her race in a scene from “Latin’s Anonymous.”

“She is in denial of her heritage,” said Kimberly Chin, the director of the play.

“She says that her name is not Garcia that it is Garsa, that she really is French and not a Latina. So she goes to this woman who’s kind of like an Oprah Winfrey type, and tells her that she’s going to dye her hair blonde and change her name. Then the Mayan Defense League comes to save her.”

“Latin’s Anonymous” is a play based on the idea that everyone, not just people of Latino heritage, should be proud of who they are.

“Hopefully it speaks to everyone that comes to see it that you should be proud of your cultural background,” Chin said.

“It’s a satire, really, it consists of 21 acts, some would classify them as short scenes but they are complete little plays.”

Stephanie Jett, a sophomore, is one of the six actors in the play.

“The main character I will be playing is Isabella. We will be taking on different roles so there are a number of characters,” she said. “My favorite character is Lolana. She is a Latina woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it.”

Originally there were only four actors but Chin thought that it was important to have more students and auditions resulted in a strong turnout.

“Latin’s Anonymous” opened Thursday and continues Saturday, as well as Dec. 6, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m. in the BC Indoor Theater.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 and students with ID are admitted for $5. No children under 6 years old allowed and adult language and situations are in the play.

“There will be all sorts of costumes. Everything from zoot suits to ancient Aztec, ancient Mayan outfits and crazy game show hosts,” said Traci Ladue, costume designer for the play. “We really run the full gamut.”

“I can’t praise them enough,” Jett said. “This really is the best play I have ever been involved in,” she said.

Right now the Theater Department is without a technical director. The only problem so far with production is the lack of the backstage crew.

“We really need about five lighting operators,” said Jeffery Bewick, one of the student technical directors.

Anyone interested in helping out with production should contact Chin at 395-4388.

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