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'Waiting for the Snow' to debut at West campus

January 12, 2011

The original theatrical production “Waiting for the Snow” will debut Jan. 21-22 at ASU’s West campus. Performances are free and reservations are suggested.

“Waiting for the Snow” is created and performed by ASU students, alumni and community members. The production is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) division of ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

The play is written by graduating senior Jaimi Deanne Garcia as a culminating independent study project. Garcia developed the play under the guidance of New College faculty members Julie Amparano and Charles St. Clair. ASU West alumna Michele Lefevre returns to the theater in her directorial debut. 

“Waiting for the Snow” addresses the generational effects of war and questions its cyclical impact on the future, Garcia said. Do children who experience war and civil unrest repeat the actions of their parents? The play attempts to answer this question through the journey of four childhood friends beginning with the 1989 Romanian revolution and the choices each make in post-revolution life. A natural born leader becomes a soldier; an eager entrepreneur makes a deal he regrets; an ideological dreamer trusts in the law; and the weakest link takes the fall.

“Each generation has their own challenges to face, obstacles to overcome, and moments to define history,” Garcia said. “The journey, no matter which path it takes or where it ends, contains one resounding truth: Hope resides in the future. We invite audience members to discover the journey four friends bound by brotherhood take in the pursuit of revolution, revelation and redemption.”

Performances of “Waiting for the Snow” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Jan. 21 and 22, in Second Stage West, lower level of the University Center Building. ASU’s West campus is located at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

To reserve free tickets, call (602) 543-ARTS (2787).