Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart's International Baccalaureate (IB) theater class will premier performances of "Castaways (Varadas)" by celebrated Spanish playwright Itziar Pascual, translated by Phyllis Zatlin, on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 31-Feb.1, Feb. 7-8 at 7 p.m., in the school's black box theater, 1501 N. Oakley Blvd.
"Castaways" is the story of generations of women in the 20 th century as they attempt to escape oppression and create a new life for themselves and their families. It features ten short scenes relating to the question of political exile and refugees in the aftermath of Spanish general and dictator Francisco Franco's authoritarian policies.
In this unique production, the actors will first perform "Castaways" in English then follow with "Varadas" in Spanish each evening.
"This approach of performing the play in both English and Spanish helps to promote cross-cultural understanding in our community, as well as an opportunity for cross-disciplinary engagement within our school," said David Fehr, Fine Arts Chair. "It presents a challenge that invigorates and encourages new discoveries by our ensemble."
The event is part of Josephinum's comprehensive IB program which features drama and visual arts classes led by professionally trained artists."Castaways" is recommended for those ages 13 and older.
Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for students, cash only. Tickets must be purchased at the door. For more information, please call Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart at 773-276-1261.