In the first five minutes, a couch fell off the stage, a dress ripped, and a mirror nearly broke, but the play put on by the Hispanic Social Drama class continued. “El Censo,” written by Mexican playwright Emilio Carballido, was performed at the discipleship center on Wednesday night.
The play, a comedy, describes an encounter between a family attempting to make ends meet with a home business and a census worker who is unable to collect the information that he needs because the of the family’s fear of the government.
The play also explores the relationship between different classes and the mistrust that many people feel for the government.
Senior Jason Spicher, who played the hapless census worker, said that the play, “pointed out the fact that some Central American countries try to be less corrupt, but that everyday distractions still create an inevitable pull towards corruption.” After considering for a moment, Spicher added that he considered the play to be a universal critique of government.
The play was limited by a lack of practices, but this did not lower the positive attitudes of the cast following the performance.
Junior Aliese Gingerich, who played Herlinda, the family’s oldest sister, said that she was “pleased with the performance.” She did note that the play got off to a rough start when a couch which was part of the set fell off stage. This set malfunction was followed by Gingerich ripping another character’s dress in the first scene. Finally, a prop mirror nearly fell out of a closet and broke.
Despite these obstacles, and the additional challenge of performing the entire play in Spanish, the audience of over thirty people seemed to appreciate El Censo. Senior Jacob Landis, was one of the students who hiked up to the discipleship center, despite not speaking Spanish.
Landis claimed that his inability to speak the language was not a barrier to understand the play. He noted that, “You could tell what was going on from the program and the acting. I caught words here and there, but I could still follow the basic storyline.“
Landis also appreciated the piece’s twenty-five minute running length, saying that the length, “did not make me zone out, but the play still had time to develop.”
The play’s compact cast consisted of Senior Krista Rittenhouse, Senior Karla Hovde, Junior Aliese Gingerich, Senior Gladys Fuentes, Senior Jason Spicher, and Professor Emeritus Ray Horst. The Hispanic Social Drama class is taught by Language and Literature Professor Don Clymer.
-David Yoder, Co-Editor In Chief
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