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Miami Through its Spanish Performing Arts Spaces

Lillian Manzor, Author
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Drama Dep't Goes South

In March 1950, twenty seven students and professors from the University of Miami's Players (the Drama Department's Theater Company) traveled to Havana sponsored by Havana's Patronato del Teatro, the U.S. embassy in Cuba, and Dr. Luis RodrĂ­guez-Molina, director of the short-lived Hispanic American Theater Program. This was the Drama Department's first international production. It was also the first U.S. university theater production in Cuba. Finally, according to the research carried out until now, this appears to be the first U.S. university theater production to travel internationally. 

They took Light Up the Sky, which already had had 25 performances at The Ring. According to several reviews published in Miami, "this fast-moving three-act play was enthusiastically received by Cuban audiences." FN  A series of photographs taken by Larry Fried, documents their three-day trip including the hotel in which they stayed, several sightseeing tours, students in candid poses, and one photograph of the performance itself. The trip ended with a private party at the exclusive Havana Yacht Club organized by Dr. Baldomero Gray, then president of the Patronato del Teatro. You can access the photographs here.
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