Alumni production to be performed

The Eastern New Mexico University theatre department is set to perform Leonard Madrid’s Las Arañas, which will be directed by ENMU professor Jonathan Barr.

Las Arañas is a play about a family of Curanderas (Spanish healers), who live on cursed land west of Albuquerque. Individuals who are buried on the land turn into spider people, who hunger for the blood of guilty individuals and eat them.

The play will be a world premiere at ENMU, meaning it has never been staged before. This will provide some prestige for the theatre department, according to Barr.

Leonard Madrid attended Eastern New Mexico University from 1993 to 1997 and graduated with a degree in theatre with a minor in Spanish. Madrid’s plays received the Kennedy Center’s Award for Latino playwrights three times. He is currently working as an artistic core member of the Blackout Theatre in Albuquerque and a professor of theatre at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College.

“I am so excited. I love ENMU and the Theatre Department. It's my home town and my home theatre,” said Madrid.

Las Arañas will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 28-March 2 at the ENMU University Theatre Center and at 2 p.m. on March 3. Admission is free for ENMU students and $7 for the public.

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