Theatre Arts students perform fantasy about painter’s final years

A poster advertising The Sleep of Reason.
February 26, 2013

McDaniel College Theatre arts students perform in “The Sleep of Reason,” a highly imaginative fantasy examining the turbulent final years of one of the world’s greatest painters, Francisco Goya, at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel College.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and those with a McDaniel College ID. For ticket information, call 410-857-2448. Recommended for mature audiences only.

“The Sleep of Reason” is written by Antonio Buero-Vallejo, who is considered the most important Spanish dramatist of the second half of the 20th century, and translated from Spanish by Marion Peter Holt. Set in Spain in 1823, the play focuses on King Ferdinand of Spain’s obsession to punish those he deemed his enemies, including one enemy in particular, Goya.

Directed by McDaniel Theatre Arts professor Ira Domser, the play features senior Shelley Hierstetter of Mount Airy, Md., as Leocadia; junior Paul Davis Griffin of Westminster, Md., as Goya; sophomores Kevin Anderson as King Ferdinand; Najee Banks of Baltimore as Dr. Arrieta; Liz Flores of Westminster, Md., as the voice of Mariquita; Sarah Hull of Keedysville, Md., as Gumersinda; and Joshua Meltzer of Woodbury, Minn., as Father Duaso; and freshman Joshua Harding of Federalsburg, Md., as Calomarde.

Others in the cast are seniors Mae Alexander of Keymar, Md., and Simone Davis of Baltimore, sophomores Megan Knauff of Westminster, Md., Nicholas Kouhi of Lauderdale, Minn., Ashley Manning of Randallstown, Md., Adrian Rowe of Edgewood, Md., and Wykeema Stanley of Baltimore, and freshmen Samantha Arana of Silver Spring, Md., Brittany Ensor of Finksburg, Md., and Pia Moreno of Quito, Ecuador.

Cast of Sleep of Reason.
Cast of "Sleep of Reason."

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