Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness events conclude with play, poetry April 11-12

KINGSVILLE - March 31, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

A unique and heartfelt evening of free stage performance serves as the last Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness event at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Tuesday and Wednesday, April 11-12, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Union Building ballroom.

The evening will feature the original performance poem Amputation. Written by A&M-Kingsville student Michael Verderber, an English and theatre arts major from Raymondville, the piece is a fictionalized memoir of Verderber’s mother and father. In it, the character of GI meets Vietnamese waitress Uyen. Later, in the fictional portion of the poem, GI finds that Uyen and her family have been killed by the Viet Cong. The piece then chronicles GI’s degeneration in the memories of what could have been.

The cast of Amputation includes James Taylor Maupin IV, a theatre arts major from Falfurrias, as GI; Elisa Larralde, a theatre arts and social work major from Rio Grande City, as Uyen; VC/Reader is played by Heraclio Gonzales Jr., a theatre arts major from Kingsville; VC/Girl Reader is played by Jannah Morales, an Academy High School student; and the Boss/Reader is played by Philip Anderson. Rick Saenz, Falfurrias theatre arts major, serves as director.

The work Photographs from S-21 by Catherine Filloux serves as the other half of the evening. The story centers around two photographs of Khmer Rouge victims that comes to life and narrate the atrocities they have seen in the cleansing camps.

Photographs from S-21 features Lyn Sanchez, a theatre arts major from Kingsville, as the Young Woman and Verderber as the Young Man.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Events for 2006 are sponsored by the Campus Activities Board; the history department; the political science department; the Rotary Club of Kingsville; Sodexho Food Services; Student Union/Student Activities; Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Committee; and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

More information on Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness events is available by calling Dr. Mike Houf at 361-593-3596, Dr. Jaya Goswami at 361-593-2395 or Student Activities at 361-593-2760.

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