Arts at the Union series debuts with "Ain't I a Woman!"
Posted: 03/10/2008
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The renowned Core Ensemble will present a performance of its nationally acclaimed touring production of "Ain't I a Woman!" at The University of Texas-Pan American's Student Union Theater on Tuesday, March 18 at 6 p.m.

"This presentation celebrates the life of four important figures in African American history," Edna Zambrano, Student Union director said. "This presentation also celebrates women, just in time for Women's History Month."

"Ain't I a Woman!" showcases four powerful African-American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.

The performance features an extraordinary melding of theatre and chamber music and is the latest in a series of multicultural and feminist performance pieces produced by the ensemble over the past 10 years.

"Ain't I a Woman!" will be the first performance for the new Arts at the Union series, which was created as a means to bring more cultural, musical and theatrical entertainment to UTPA students and offer them the opportunity to meet and interact with the artists.

"It is our hope that this series will also bring the community to the UTPA campus to share these experiences alongside our students. The University always has its doors open to the community, and this series will be an extension of that longstanding relationship," Zambrano said.

Upcoming events for the series include Recycled Percussion April 8 at 7 p.m. featuring hard-core drumming and intoxicating hip hop funk music. The Capitol Steps, a group of former Senate staffers and other individuals who satirize the place that used to employ them, will be on campus April 21 at 7 p.m. All events are held at the Student Union Theater and are free and open to the public. Priority seating will be given to UTPA students, staff and faculty with the UTPA ID cards.

For more information, call the Student Union office at 956/316-7989.