'Crawling with Monsters' creeps onto UTPA stage this October
Contact: University Theatre (956) 665-3581
Posted: 09/19/2012
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Since its first performance in Fall 2010 at the New Orleans Fringe Festival, "Crawling with Monsters," a moving depiction of the impact of the recent drug war-related violence on the Mexican border families and children, has gained fans nationwide and beyond.

This October, South Texas will have the opportunity to see the production that critics across the country hail as a "fascinating collage-like portrait of a community in crisis" at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre at UT Pan American.

"Crawling with Monsters" has been impacting audiences nationwide and this October the play, performed by UTPA students and recent alumni, will make its South Texas premiere on the UTPA stage Oct. 2-7.

"Crawling with Monsters" will be the first performance of the University Theatre Productions 2012-2013 Main Stage season that opens October 2 at 7:30 p.m. with a special Pan Am Night. Open seating will be available for this show. Other showings include October 3-6, 7:30 p.m., October 6, 2 p.m. (in Spanish), and Oct. 7, 2 p.m.

Called one of the "Memorable Performances" on a New York stage, the play has been performed in festivals at major cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston and San Antonio. New Jersey high school students have also performed it for their school's theatre season, which gave many bilingual students there an exciting way to express their Latino culture while telling the story of what is happening in Mexico.

The play originated from the Latino Theatre Initiative (LTI) at UTPA that originally planned to bring a children's play in Spanish to Mexico border schools. However, when travel restrictions were imposed on UT System students because of dangers in Mexico, the tour was cancelled. Director Dr. Eric Wiley, the Henry W. and Margaret H. Hauser Endowed Interim Chair in Communication and associate professor of theatre, decided to turn it into a multimedia docudrama that includes music and testimonials the students transcribed and translated from Mexico's residents - sometimes the actors own friends and family - on what they have experienced. For safety reasons, the production's authors and actors remain nameless on its playbill. The cast consists of 18-22 members, made up of students and recent alumni.

Ticket costs are as follows: reserve, $12; general admission, $8; non-UTPA students, $3 with school ID; UTPA students, faculty and staff, free plus one free guest (general admission seating). No children below the third grade will be admitted to this performance.

For more information or special accommodations, all the University Theatre Box Office at (956) 665-3581.