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Student directs Spanish drama

Published: Friday, November 30, 2007

Updated: Saturday, September 19, 2009 14:09

Award-winning Spanish drama "La Historia de una Escalera, A History of a Stairway," will be presented tonight at 8 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Samuel Kincaid, project coordinator for the Marshall Theatre Dept., said the play portrays the social frustrations illustrated by three generations of lower-middle class families.

"Conspiring over 30 days, the play examines the everyday life of one tenement building and its inhabitants' hopes and desires to live a better life," Kincaid said.

This production of "La Historia de una Escalera" was directed and translated by senior theater and Spanish major, Sean Watkins.

Watkins said he chose to direct the production instead of doing a general capstone research paper.

"I thought that was just kind of boring," Watkins said.

He said he wanted to do something that would serve both his majors. The translation fulfilled his Spanish capstone and the production fulfilled his theater capstone.

Kincaid said Watkins became proficient in Spanish while traveling in South America with his U.S. Sport Karate Team.

Watkins has been active in the theater since arriving at Marshall, Kincaid said.

Kincaid said he has acted in "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Rainmaker," "Little Women" and "Hair!."

Kincaid said Watkins took part in a special concert version of "South Pacific" last winter with Tony award-winning actors Brian Stokes Mitchell and Lillias White.

"La Historia de una Escalera" has won three national theater prizes and the highest literary award in Spain, the Miguel de Cervantes award.

Kincaid said the performance is free and open to the public.

Jennifer D. Seay can be contacted at

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