runs through March 9...
McDaniel College Theatre presents “The Sleep of Reason,” March 7 through March 9 at 7:30 p.m. on the Mainstage in WMC Alumni Hall. McDaniel theatre arts Professor Ira Domser will direct the play. Due to sexual situations and violent themes, it is recommended for mature audiences only.
Set in Spain in 1823, “The Sleep of Reason” is a highly imaginative fantasy examining the turbulent final years of one of the world’s great painters, Francisco Goya. The play focuses on the punishment for those King Ferdinand of Spain deems his enemies. One enemy in particular, Goya, stands out due to his treasonous behavior.
Playwright Antonio Buero-Vallejo is considered one of the most important contemporary Spanish playwrights. Using allegory and myth and, particularly in his later plays, events and personages from history, he created dramas that portrayed the oppressive political situation of Spain under Fascism. In 1970, Goya’s 14 “black paintings” inspired Buero-Vallejo, himself a victim of oppression during the Franco regime, to write “The Sleep of Reason.”
The cast includes Mae Alexander, Kevin Anderson, Samantha Arana, Najee Banks, Simone Davis, Brittany Ensor, Liz Flores, Paul Davis Griffin, Joshua Harding, Shelley Hierstetter, Sarah Hull, Megan Knauff, Nick Kouhi, Ashley Manning, Joshua Meltzer, Pia Moreno, Adrian Rowe, and Wykeema Stanley.
“This play takes us into a world that blends the real and the surreal,” says Domser. “Goya’s passion for truth and frustration with Fascism led to his ‘black paintings,’ representing bloody battles between good and evil. The drama of the play will be reflected on stage through projections of these paintings.”
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and the McDaniel College community. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.
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