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STC Theatre & Dance to Hold Auditions for 3rd Annual South Texas Latinx New Play Festival

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Auditions will be held virtually and in-person. Virtual submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Link to virtual auditions is https://forms.gle/QudriNsiykLf25cs9. Courtesy image. (AI) Image for illustration purposes
Auditions will be held virtually and in-person. Virtual submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Link to virtual auditions is https://forms.gle/QudriNsiykLf25cs9. Courtesy image. (AI) Image for illustration purposes
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McALLEN, Texas – South Texas College (STC) Theatre & Dance will hold auditions for their 3rd Annual South Texas Latinx New Play Festival’s stage readings.

Auditions will be held virtually and in-person. Virtual submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Link to virtual auditions is https://forms.gle/QudriNsiykLf25cs9

In-Person auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the STC Cooper Center for Performing Arts – Main Stage at 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.  All STC and Rio Grande Valley community members, ages 18 and over, are welcome to audition. These stage readings will be performed with a live audience.

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The three stage readings for this year’s festival are Edgar’s Living Funeral by Maria Rodriguez Bross, Escobar’s Hippoby Franky D. Gonzalez and Cempoalxóchill by Mayra Lerma.

Friday, June 28, 2024 – 4 p.m.
Edgar’s Living Funeralby Maria Rodriguez
 
SYNOPSIS: The play is a modern-day tragedy that follows a deeply religious family as they gather to mourn the loss of Edgar, a father, son, brother and friend. Rosalind (Rosa for short) is most affected by her father’s death. The family is unaware that their own reluctance to seek professional help for Edgar, especially with his obsession with Shakespeare’s plays, was partly due to the religious teachings that prayer alone would be enough to heal Edgar’s mental health. By the end of the play, Rosa, who is suffering from delusions of seeing her father, confronts the family one last time. They have the opportunity to help her, but will they let extreme religious beliefs and misinformation get in the way?
Saturday, June 29, 2024 – 1 p.m.
Escobar’s Hippoby Franky D. Gonzalez
 
SYNOPSIS: A Colombian town along the Magdalena River plunges into chaos after a flatulent, destructive, easily offended and adventurous hippo comes to town and wreaks havoc. The crisis worsens when people begin transforming into hippos themselves causing, not only chaos, but the beginnings of a revolution where humans are trampled by these new Hipposapiens. As this shifting of civilization unfolds, three friends try to figure out how to deal with the transforming population and solve the connection between the hippos and a notorious drug lord. An homage to the works of Ionesco (namely Rhinoceros and The Killer), this play explores, through absurdity and comedy, the very serious and deadly consequences that come with the surrendering of humanity in favor of bestial urges and self-gratification.
Saturday, June 29, 2024 – 4 p.m.
Cempoalxóchitlby Mayra Lerma
 
SYNOPSIS: When young Xochilt loses her beloved during the attack of the Aztec Empire she runs to the Sun God, Tonatiuh and implores him to unite her forever with her love. Not getting what she desires, she travels to the lowest and northernmost part of the underworld in an attempt to get Mictlantecuhtli, the God of Death to bring him back. When even that fails and she destroys Mictlantecuhtli and gives back the Sun God everything he desired, she is then struck by the Sun’s rays and becomes a beautiful flower. Eventually a hummingbird arrives and settles in the center of the flower. It was her beloved who had transformed into a beautiful hummingbird. Instantly, the flower opened into 20 petals, with an intense and mysterious aroma. Lovers would always be together as long as marigolds and hummingbirds existed. This is how the marigold flower was born, the flower of the dead.

The staged readings are scheduled to run at the STC Cooper Center for Performing Arts – Main Stage June 28 & 29, 2024 as a part of the South Texas Latinx New Play Festival. 

For more information, call 956-872-2301 or email stctheatredept@gmail.com 

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