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November 2, 2000

Raising the Curtain on Self-Mutilation

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 said Miriam's Flowers is being staged at a time when not many modern playwrights are scripting tragedies, and more media attention is being focused on self-mutilation among the nation's youth.

"I was really shocked when I first read the play," Pomo said. "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 include Miriam's Flowers, Lucy Loves Me, Dreams of Home, Telling Tales, Occasional Grace, Winnie in the Citie, Whistle and Not Time's Fool and have been published by Routledge Press, Penguin Books and Applause Books.

Cruz received her master's degree in playwriting from Columbia University and in 1999 became a writer-in-residence at Latino Chicago Theatre Company.

Miriam's Flowers is being directed by CSUS visiting artist Wilma Bonet who was fascinated by the play's heartbreaking events and poetic expressions.

"I have been touched by the pain in the play," Bonet said. "The grief of a child passing and how it manifests in this young girl is very beautiful, very poetic. The play is really about love."

An accomplished actress, Bonet's television and films credits include "What Dreams May Come," "8MM," "Jack," and "Radio Flyer." She is co-founder of Latina Theatre Lab, has received a Los Angeles Dramalogue Award and was a member of the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Tickets for Miriam's Flowers are available at CSUS Central Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or at, (916) 766-2277.

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


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