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Cultural Night from Spain: Music and Theatre

Loyola press release - September 24, 2004

Spanish Cultural Events at Loyola University

Loyola University New Orleans will host two Spanish cultural events in October. The first, “Teatro español ayer y hoy,” will be given by Jerónimo López, a Spanish dramatist. The event will be held Sunday, October 10 at 3 p.m. in Octavia I in the Danna Center. A reception follows.

The second, Cultural Night from Spain: Music and Theatre, will be guided by John Lawrence, a specialist in Spanish classical and flamenco guitar. This event will take place on the following evening, Monday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. It will include a bilingual dramatic reading of the one-act play, The Author and his Biographer, (El escritor y su biógrafo), by Jerónimo López Mozo, Loyola drama students, and directed by David Dahlgren. A reception will follow in the lobby outside the auditorium, on the second floor.

The Spanish dramatist Jerónimo López Mozo has been an active force in the theatre in Spain since the mid ‘60s, when he was involved in the Underground Theatre movement during the Franco dictatorship. His plays contain elements of various innovations through the years: Brechtian epic theatre, happenings, theatre of the absurd, documentary theatre, film projections and structural fragmentation. In addition, López Mozo has received numerous theatre awards, including five major awards for his plays (national awards in Spain). Since the ‘90s, his theatre has received even more critical and popular notice. A prolific author, he has over 40 published plays, some done in collaboration with other playwrights and/or university theatre groups. A true promoter of Spanish theatre, his involvement reaches to countless published reviews of the plays of young Spanish playwrights in Madrid, conferences and invited lectures in Spain, Venezuela, Portugal, the United States, and Italy. A few of his works have been performed internationally. Of particular note, “Guernica,” his anti-war play, was performed in a bilingual version in New York City’s Thalia Theater.

His one-act play, El escritor y su biógrafo or The author and his biographer, tells the story of a famous author who dictates his biography based on his autobiographical novels. The biographer begins to doubt the veracity of the information and so confronts the author, after digging up information about the author’s youth that contradicts what is about to be published.

The guitarist John Lawrence is a specialist in Spanish Flamenco guitar, but also performs classical and contemporary pieces.

Both events are free and open to the public. Both events sponsored by Biever Guest Lecture Series of Loyola University, The Consulate General of Spain in New Orleans, Sociedad Española of New Orleans, Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures Department and Drama and Speech Department of Loyola. For more information about the events, contact Dr. Eileen J. Doll, Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures, Loyola University, 865-3844.