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Cost: $20 standard, $18 senior, $10 student
Winner! Multiple Tony® Awards including Best Musical!
A harrowing tale of persecution turned into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies
Cell mates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing torture, and Molina is an unabashed homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina shares his fantasies about an actress who portrays a deadly Spider Woman who kills with a kiss in order to distract himself and his new friend from the horrors they encounter in the prison.
Kiss of the Spider Woman won the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score when it debuted on Broadway.
“Thrilling.”- N.Y. Times
“Compelling, beautiful, funny and moving....[Has] a cinematic fluidity and a poetic charge.”- N.Y. Daily News
“Creates an entire world out of a prison cell.... Dazzling.”- Newsweek
“Capture[s] the magic musicals were meant for.”- Wall Street Journal
“[A] show with a wild heart and a fresh eye.”- N.Y. Newsday
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Performances on 9/20/14, 10/18/14, 10/25/14, 11/14/14, and 11/22/14 coincide with a UCF home football game. You will need to allow extra time to get to the theater for this performance. Please note that the parking location during home games is different from our regular parking location. Theatre patrons should park in Lot B4. Golf cart shuttles will meet you at parking lot B-4 to take you to the theater. Patrons who park anywhere else on campus will receive a parking ticket.
A Note from the Director Fantasy and escapism—these two motifs are found throughout the production and in most articles written about the novel, the movie, and the musical. For how does one live under torture, bigotry, and cruelty? Our first nature is to survive, so we look for an escape, we search for other outlets in order to not deal with the world in which we are placed.
Molina and Valentin, our two prisoners, live in this world of heartache and pain. Molina goes to the movies in his imagination with the ever alluring Spider Woman and also fantasizes about being a woman. Valentin clings to the memories of his wife and a fantasy of revolution that he believes can make world a better place. And although these motifs are prevalent and important, I believe that it is the reality of each other’s truth that the two must come to deal with in order to survive. It’s their humanity that saves them, not their illusions of things that cannot be. They must learn to empathize, tolerate, and love someone so different from themselves. It is only then that they learn what it means to survive and finally escape their own prisons.
—Mark Brotherton, Director
Prisoners......................Tyler Beauregard, Gabe Friedman, Jeremiah Johnson, David Klein, Kyle Laing, Tony Pracek, Mikey Reichert, Trevor Starr, Salvatore Vieira, Nicholas Wood, Jr. (U/S Christian Barba, Rico Lastrapes, Raleigh Mosely II)
*Student at UCF (all cast members are students)