By Sante Guajardo
New Mexico State University’s Theatre Arts Department started off its 2016 season with a beautiful and emotion production of In the Time of the Butterflies by Caridad Svich.
The story takes place in the Dominican Republic and is based around the four Mirabal sisters during the reign of dictator Rafael Trujillo. As they grow up, the sisters must each decide if they will only stand by or take action in the revolution against Trujillo.
The play is based on the 1994 novel, which is based on true events, by Julia Alvarez, who had lived in the Dominican Republic until her father got involved with the revolution against Trujillo, forcing Alvarez’s family out of the country.
Director Larissa Lury has done a beautiful job of portraying this work. The set is designed in such a unique way that it not only provides a setting on stage for the actors, but illustrates the story as if the audience was a part of it. The play features some outstanding actors, Monika Mojica, Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca, Stephanie Drake, Daniela Castorena, Parigrynne Cox, and Joey Rodriguez , who give the play life and emotion. These actors give the audience reason to fall in love with the characters and really get invested in the show.
I highly recommend this beautiful piece of work that will leave you moved and stunned.
There are four showings left, with one on March 10 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., and the show closes on Sunday, March 13, at two p.m.
Make sure to get there ahead of time to buy your tickets.
For more information about the NMSU theater and ways to contact them about current and upcoming shows: Go to http://www.nmsutheatre.com/