By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Eve Muson
WHEN: April 18 - May 6, 2012
WHERE: The Horowitz Center's Studio Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
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Rep Stage closes the 2011-12 season with Las Meninas, playwright Lynn Nottage’s glittering account of the seduction of Louis the XIV’s queen, Marie-Therese, and the consequences of her scandalous relationship with Nabo, her African servant. Irreverant, caustic and touching, Nottage weaves an imaginative tale based on a fascinating but forgotten time in history that examines truths about women and race.
Eve Muson, who helmed last season’s critically-acclaimed Speech & Debate, directs a large cast in this rarely produced, thought-provoking play.
“I came across a piece of obscure history that really intrigued me,” playwright Nottage said of her inspiration for Las Meninas in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. “The more I discovered about Louise Marie, the more fascinated I became with not just her but that era in history, the court of Louis XIV, and the rituals and mores of court society.''
The play’s title comes from a 1656 Diego Velázquez painting, Las Meninas, Spanish for The Maids of Honor (ladies in waiting to the Spanish Queen). Velazquez was considered to be the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age. "I was exploring the way in which women have been marginalized by history to the point that we are practically erased from it,'' Nottage said. “I had to dig very deep into diaries and primary resources in order to find any information about the women of that period. Particularly as an African-American woman, one would think there were no people of color living in France at that period.''
|Saturday, April 21 ||8:00 PM Post-show Reception|
Friday, April 27 and May 4
8:00 PM Post-show Discussion - FREE
Sunday, April 29
2:00 PM Signed Performance
Saturday, May 5
12:30 PM Pre-show Lecture- FREE
About Rep StageRep Stage, a professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is in its 19th season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatres, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as a professional DC Metro area theater company. Performances are made possible by Howard County Government, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Howard Bank is the Rep Stage 2011-12 season partner.