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Santos & Santos play to debut after delay

Director Rachel Iannantuoni discusses the play with colleagues (Photo/Diamond Stoklin)

Director Rachel Iannantuoni discusses the play with colleagues (Photo/Diamond Stoklin)

By Diamond Stoklin
Staff Reporter

Harold Washington College’s production of “Santos & Santos” is back on course in March, after being delayed by building construction last semester. 

The production of “Santos & Santos,” which was written by Octavio Solis and will be directed by HWC instructor Rachel Iannantuoni, had trouble back in Nov. 2016 with facility building issues. 

The building blocking access to the stage rooms with the performance equipment set the rehearsal and performance scheduled dates for the play further back, causing schedule conflicts with the production managers and performers. 

Due to this construction issue, the cast, stage manager and director decided to push the play to perform in the spring 2017 semester rather than trying to hurriedly tie together the performance for the fall 2016 semester, according to Iannantuoni, assistant professor of theater at HWC and production manager.

The delay caused a few actors to leave to performance due to the new scheduled dates being conflicting. Eight out of the thirteen original cast members are back for the spring preview and auditions were held in January to fill the remaining characters places. 

Even though the play’s premiere was put to a minor halt, the cast members are eager to continue with their fruition. 

“Everyone was really nice. They actually described me as the 2.0 version of Tomas,” said Erick Garcia, the new actor playing the role of Tomas.

Cast members include HWC students and the Loop Players. “Santos & Santos” has rehearsals this February.

Previews for Harold Washington College Students will be held on March 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and tickets will be $3. The first all access performance will be held on March 15, 17, 22 and 24 at 7 p.m. The second all access performance will be held on March 16, 18, 23 and the 25 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets for students are $5 and general admission tickets are $10.

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