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June 13, 2007

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SPANISH-LANGUAGE FILMS, PLAYS FOCUS OF ‘EXPLORACIONES’ WORKSHOP AT UH

This summer, high school students won’t have to travel abroad to explore the visions of playwrights and filmmakers from Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Spain. The University of Houston will be the site for an excursion into the minds of internationally renowned dramatic artists and writers.

UH is hosting the workshop “Exploraciones Dramáticas,” which offers bilingual high school students an opportunity to study, discuss and even perform classic and contemporary dramatic works. Students also will view and critique a host of Spanish-language films and television shows.

This five-week workshop is presented by WonderWorks, a non-profit organization offering pre-college learning experiences in the fine arts, in association with UH’s School of Theatre & Dance. It will be conducted in the gallery of UH’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

UH theater alumnus Bernardo Cubria will oversee “Exploraciones’” stage component. Among the featured plays are Garcia Lorca’s “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” and Antonio Buero Vallejo’s “La Historia de Una Escalera.”

“I hope the students walk away with a new passion for theater,” Cubria said. “I want them to see that great theater is being created in Latin America and that to be an actor you don't necessarily have to go to Hollywood.”

Laura Isabel Serna, a Rice University lecturer, is coordinating the workshop’s film section in which students will view, discuss and write about Spanish-language movies, including “The Motorcycle Diaries,” “Los Olvidados” and “Amores Perros,” among others.

For information on workshop fees, enrollment and possible scholarship opportunities, contact WonderWorks at 713-301-4882 or at info@wonderworks.org. For information on other workshops, visit www.wonderworkshouston.org.

WHAT: “Exploraciones Dramaticas”
WHEN: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., June 18 – July 20
WHERE: University of Houston
Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204
WHO: WonderWorks, in association with UH School of Theatre & Dance

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