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BWW Special: Summer Preview Picks for San Antonio

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There are two world premieres in San Antonio this summer:

"My Name Was Dorian...Dorian Gray" opens for two weekends on July 15th at the Overtime Theatre. It is adapted from the Oscar Wilde novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and is a one-man show starring and developed by Derek Berlin, who won an ATAC Globe award last year for his performance in the title role of Nosferatu at PASA. Telephone the theatre (210) 557-7562) for more information.

"Cinderella's Makeover", has its world premiere at Performing Arts San Antonio (PASA) opening June 10, presents a Shrek-like version of the Cinderella story with music from some of the world's greatest classical composers. Like the classic Disney movie Fantasia, which remains one of the most enduringly popular Disney movies, the show aims to introduce classical music to people who might not generally come into contact with such music. Telephone the theatre on (210) 557 1187. Seats can also be bought online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502011.

Also forthcoming:
"The Birds" (Harlequin Theatre, August 12th to September 10th is by Conor McPherson and is based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. The Hitchcock movie of the same name was also based on this book. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there's no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress-an internal threat to match that of the birds outside. Auditions for The Birds will be held June 6th & 7th. Telephone the theatre for more details: (210) 222-9694

The House on Mango Street (Classic Theatre, September 2nd to 23rd) is a stage play adapted from the 1984 novel by San Antonio writer Sandra Cisneros, from San Antonio. It deals with Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl, and her life growing up in Chicago with Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. Esperanza is determined to "say goodbye" to her impoverished Latino neighborhood by turning to a life on the streets. Major themes include her quest for a better life and the importance of her promise to come back for "the ones [she] left behind". The novel has been critically acclaimed, and has also become a New York Times Bestseller. Telephone the theatre for more details: (210) 589-8450


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