Wichita State Theatre brings winning drama to the state

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Wichita State University School of Performing Arts Theatre presents “La Llorona,” by Amanda Zeitler, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 12-15, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16, at Welsbacher Theatre, Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th and Oliver, Entrance F.

General admission for the performance is $10, with $8 discount available tickets for military, seniors, faculty and staff, and $6 for non-WSU students. Wichita State students always receive one free ticket with their student ID. For ticket information, call the WSU College of Fine Arts Box Office at 316-978-3233, or purchase tickets online at wichita.edu/fineartsboxoffice.

In this riveting drama, public defender Andy Walker finds herself assigned to defend a woman accused of drowning her own children. The press dubs, Marina, the defendant, “La Llorona,” after a Hispanic folktale about the “weeping woman” who, after drowning her children in a fit of despair, wandered riverbanks in search of their souls.

The pressure of working such a high profile case soon brings Andy and her husband’s conflicts over parenthood bubbling to the surface.

Zeitler is a third-year graduate student in the playwriting program at Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., and winner of the 41st Annual National Playwriting Competition.

“La Llorona” is directed by Jeannine Russell, adjunct theater professor at Wichita State, with assistance from students Krista Nelson, assistant director, Scott Salem, stage manager, and Joe Asbridge, technical director. The cast includes performance students Jami Muma, Simone Ruiz and Jacob Groth, with design work by students Nimrah Khan, costumes and makeup; Katie Eitzen, sets; Arthur Reese, lights; Marlo Griffith, sound; Ryan Morrow, assistant sound; and Kyla Mansfield, props.

KMUW is media sponsor for “La Llorona,” which is rated PG for adult themes.

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