In addition to Six Performances, SUNY Orange Will Welcome Playwright Carlos Morton for Guest Lecture

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange and the Apprentice Players will showcase the work of award-winning playwright Carlos Morton with six November performances of Morton’s “La Malinche.” In addition, the College will welcome Morton to campus for a Nov. 15 evening lecture as well as a talk back following the Nov. 16 performance.

“La Malinche” explores the complex relationship between Hernando Cortez, the Spanish conquistador of the Aztec people of Mexico, and his indigenous wife, Malintzin. Viewed by some as a traitor to her people, Malintzin was nonetheless a bridge between cultures—caught in the inexorable change wrought by the Spanish invasion. The play takes place in a mystical landscape of spirits and specters.

The play will debut with an 8 p.m. performance on Friday, Nov. 9 in the College’s Orange Hall Theater. Additional opening weekend shows will take place at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11. The Apprentice Players will also offer three performances the following weekend, with 8 p.m. shows set for Nov. 16 and 17 prior to the 3 p.m. finale on Sunday, Nov. 18.

PHOTO: Carlos MortonMorton (right) will offer a lecture entitled “A Playwright’s Journey Through the Labyrinth of America” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in Orange Hall Theater. Morton’s appearance and the performance of “La Malinche” by the Apprentice Players were planned in conjunction with the College’s debut “Global Initiative: Latin America,” a yearlong focus on Latin American culture, heritage, geography, art, music, language and much more.

Morton is credited with more than one hundred theatrical productions, both in the U.S. and abroad. His professional credits include the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center Theatre, La Compa“Ãa Nacional de Mexico, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and the Arizona Theatre Company.

Among Morton’s other works are “The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales and Other Plays (1983),” “Johnny Tenorio and Other Plays (1992),” “The Fickle Finger of Lady Death (1996),” “Rancho Hollywood y otras obras del teatro chicano (1999)” and “Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda (2004).”

A former Mina Shaughnessy Scholar and Fulbright Lecturer to Mexico, Morton holds an master’s of fine arts degree in drama from the University of California at San Diego, and a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Texas at Austin. He won first prize in the 1995 National Hispanic Playwriting Contest conducted by the Arizona Theatre Company and also earned first prize in the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre’s National Latino Playwrighting Contest in 1986

Morton has lived on the border between Mexico and the United States since 1981, teaching at universities in Texas, California and Mexico.

Ticket prices for “La Malinche” are: $10, general admission; $8, senior citizens, faculty and alumni; $4, students; and free for active duty military personnel. For reservations, call (845) 341-4789. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4790.

Orange Hall Theater, located in Orange Hall, is universally accessible. General parking is available in the College parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
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Middletown, NY 10940