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Posted:
August 18, 2000

Raising the Curtain on Self-Mutilation
CSUS Presents Tragedy Among Other Plays This Fall

California State University, Sacramento's School of the Arts will present a disturbing look at self-mutilation this fall with the tragedy Miriam's Flowers.

The play by Migdalia Cruz details a young woman's destructive search for self-value through mutilation of her own sexual organs.

The play runs Nov. 16 - 19, 30 and Dec. 1 - 3 in the Playwrights' Theatre in Shasta Hall. Miriam's Flowers will contain nudity and is intended for mature audiences only.

CSUS theatre and dance chair Roberto Pomo says Miriam's Flowers will be on stage at a time when not many playwrights are writing tragedies, and when more and more people are discussing self-mutilation among youth.

"I was really shocked when I first read the play," Pomo says. "And I've been in theatre and film all of my life. The writing is so poetic and the images are so strong. Migdalia Cruz has crafted a true tragedy."

In 1991 and 1995 Cruz received National Endowment for the Arts playwriting fellowships. Her works have been published by Routledge Press, Penguin Books and Applause Books.

Earlier in the semester, theatre performances will kick off with Tennessee Williams' tumultuous tale Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Williams' classic play will be on the Playwrights' Theatre stage Oct. 12 - 15, 19 - 22.

Then, The Servant of Two Masters will be shown in the University Theatre Oct. 26 - 29 and Nov. 2 - 5. The comedy is a series of skits modeled after the original slapstick comedy dating back to Italy in the 18th century.

CSUS theatre evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Theatre tickets are $11 general, $7 for students and $6 for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased from the CSUS Central Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or from Tickets.com, (916) 766-2277.

For more information call the CSUS department of theatre and dance at (916) 278-6368.

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