UIW alum directs Classic offering

Jose Ruben de Leon (1)   A University of the Incarnate Word theatre arts alum is directing “The House on Mango Street,” the opening show in the 2016-17 season for Classic Theatre of San Antonio.

The director is José Rubén De León, who has served as chapel coordinator for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, founders of the university.

“The House on Mango Street,” adapted from Sandra Cisneros’ book by Amy Ludwig, tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is described as “one of harsh realities and harsh beauty.”

Esperanza doesn’t want to belong — not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza’s story is that of a young Latina coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become, according to a theatre news release.

This play, set to run weekends beginning Sept. 2-25 at the theatre, 1924 Fredericksburg Road, is one of four planned along a “Passages” theme. The others are “School for Scandal,” Nov. 4-27; “The Tempest,” Feb. 17-March 12, 2017; and “Bus Stop,” May 5-28, 2017.

“The Classic seeks to create connections and conversations about what it means to be human in the 21st century, through compelling classic work,” said Tyler Dudley, a public relations intern.

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