College Forum Vol 14, Num 5 : Page 2

ALUMNI Pulitizer Prize-Winning Playwright Pulls at Heartstrings A ward-winning playwright, screenwriter, pro-fessor and MDC Hall of Fame alumnus Nilo Cruz recently came home to South Florida for the world premiere of his new play, The Color of Desire , which was performed at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. A graduate of MDC’s Prometeo Theatre, Cruz is best known for his 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Anna in the Tropics – which made him the first Latino to be so honored. In The Color of Desire , Cruz again draws upon his talent for writing lyrical plays of great emo-tional impact with a hauntingly nostalgic quality. Set in Havana in 1960, The Color of Desire tells the story of a dashing American business-man who hires a young Cuban actress to play his lost love. Unwittingly, they find themselves caught in the vortex of the island’s revolution. Cruz’s play already is being compared to The Cherry Orchard , Anton Chekhov’s farcical yet ul-timately tragic work. With Cruz’s unique brand of poignant humor, this story of seduction, intrigue and the pursuit of freedom touches the heart-strings of all who have loved and lost, whether that loss be a lover, a home or a country. – HP Living a Dream Inspired by MDC n the work of César Santos, reality and fantasy are so inexorably intertwined, it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Recent-ly, the same could be said of his life. Santos, a former New World School of the Arts protégé who graduated from Miami Dade College in 2003, is living what must feel like a dream, as accolades follow his masterful strokes on the can-vas and his paintings fetch upward of $30,000. First came his recent inclusion in Southwest Art magazine’s “21 Under 31” annual feature on ris-ing young artists when he won fi rst place in their competition for his entry, Young Versed . Then he decided to give photography a try, and won fi rst place in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “It’s Time We Met” contest for Dancers , his I César Santos and Dancers, his winning photo clever refl ection on art imitating life imitating art. “In a suggestive and theatrical way, I attempt to inspire questions in the viewer appealing to his or her perceptions and feelings,” Santos said from his new home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Although he is now busy preparing for upcom-ing exhibits in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Spain, he never forgets his artistically enriching days at his alma mater. In 2008, he even created the offi cial Miami International Film Festival poster for MDC. “MDC fueled me with a great education and set a strong foundation that has, in part, structured my success,” Santos said. “In all my education, the most inspiring class that stimulated and still feeds my career was a theater class I took at MDC.” — HP Film Fest Founder Found Mission at MDC ope John Paul II, in his 1999 Letter to Art-ists, appealed that we “rediscover the depth of the spiritual” dimension in the arts. A decade later, his call was heeded by Laura Alvarado, a 2007 New World School of the Arts graduate, actress and acting instructor who co-founded the John Paul II International Film Festi-val (JP2IFF). “Originally it was just the JP2 Film Festival, a lit-tle thing,” Alvarado said. “But the tiny seed grew, blossoming beyond our wildest dreams.” Alvarado and husband Frank Brennan, a film-maker and writer, had already started their pro-duction company 7eventh Day Films when friend Rafael Anrrich suggested the film festival. “People got fired up, and we did it in just nine months,” Alvarado said. Alvarado said much of her success is a result of NWSA training, both in high school and college. “I learned at MDC that if you don’t leap and go for it, you’ll never know if you can do it,” she said. So they leaped and got offers to land on silver screens around the globe. P “NWSA shaped me not just as an artist, but as a person, helping me understand what I needed to do for my community as well as my art.” The second annual JP2IFF runs Feb. 17-26, 2011. – HP MIAMI DADE COLLEGE f orum Published by Miami Dade College, Offi ce of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send e-mails to editor@mdc.edu. “All of a sudden we were getting calls from Italy to Washington, D.C., requesting us to take the festival there,” she said. “But we wanted to keep it here in Miami to show the world that this great city is truly diverse, not just about nightlife and vacation reveling. Thespian Returns to Give Back to MDC. See p. 16 Communications Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan C. Mendieta Marketing and Publications Director . . . . . . . . .Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brenda Krebs Copy Editors/Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . 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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Pulls at Heartstrings

Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, professor and MDC Hall of Fame alumnus Nilo Cruz recently came home to South Florida for the world premiere of his new play, The Color of Desire, which was performed at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables.<br /> <br /> A graduate of MDC’s Prometeo Theatre, Cruz is best known for his 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Anna in the Tropics – which made him the first Latino to be so honored.<br /> <br /> In The Color of Desire, Cruz again draws upon his talent for writing lyrical plays of great emotional impact with a hauntingly nostalgic quality.<br /> <br /> Set in Havana in 1960, The Color of Desire tells the story of a dashing American businessman who hires a young Cuban actress to play his lost love. Unwittingly, they find themselves caught in the vortex of the island’s revolution. Cruz’s play already is being compared to The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s farcical yet ultimately tragic work. With Cruz’s unique brand of poignant humor, this story of seduction, intrigue and the pursuit of freedom touches the heartstrings of all who have loved and lost, whether that loss be a lover, a home or a country.<br /> <br /> — HP<br /> <br /> <br />

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/Pulitzer+Prize-Winning+Playwright+Pulls+at+Heartstrings/554031/52987/article.html.

Living a Dream Inspired by MDC

In the work of César Santos, reality and fantasy are so inexorably intertwined, it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Recently, the same could be said of his life.<br /> <br /> Santos, a former New World School of the Arts protégé who graduated from Miami Dade College in 2003, is living what must feel like a dream, as accolades follow his masterful strokes on the canvas and his paintings fetch upward of $30,000.<br /> <br /> First came his recent inclusion in Southwest Art magazine’s "21 Under 31" annual feature on rising young artists when he won first place in their competition for his entry, Young Versed.<br /> <br /> Then he decided to give photography a try, and won first place in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s "It’s Time We Met" contest for Dancers, his clever reflection on art imitating life imitating art.<br /> <br /> “In a suggestive and theatrical way, I attempt to inspire questions in the viewer appealing to his or her perceptions and feelings,” Santos said from his new home in Brooklyn, N.Y.<br /> <br /> Although he is now busy preparing for upcoming exhibits in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Spain, he never forgets his artistically enriching days at his alma mater. In 2008, he even created the official Miami International Film Festival poster for MDC.<br /> <br /> “MDC fueled me with a great education and set a strong foundation that has, in part, structured my success,” Santos said. “In all my education, the most inspiring class that stimulated and still feeds my career was a theater class I took at MDC.”<br /> <br /> — HP<br /> <br /> <br />

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/Living+a+Dream+Inspired+by+MDC/554034/52987/article.html.

Film Fest Founder Found Mission at MDC

Pope John Paul II, in his 1999 Letter to Artists, appealed that we "rediscover the depth of the spiritual" dimension in the arts.<br /> <br /> A decade later, his call was heeded by Laura Alvarado, a 2007 New World School of the Arts graduate, actress and acting instructor who co-founded the John Paul II International Film Festival (JP2IFF).<br /> <br /> “Originally it was just the JP2 Film Festival, a little thing,” Alvarado said. “But the tiny seed grew, blossoming beyond our wildest dreams.”<br /> <br /> Alvarado and husband Frank Brennan, a filmmaker and writer, had already started their production company 7eventh Day Films when friend Rafael Anrrich suggested the film festival.<br /> <br /> “People got fired up, and we did it in just nine months,” Alvarado said.<br /> <br /> Alvarado said much of her success is a result of NWSA training, both in high school and college. “I learned at MDC that if you don’t leap and go for it, you’ll never know if you can do it,” she said.<br /> <br /> So they leaped and got offers to land on silver screens around the globe.<br /> <br /> “All of a sudden we were getting calls from Italy to Washington, D.C., requesting us to take the festival there,” she said. “But we wanted to keep it here in Miami to show the world that this great city is truly diverse, not just about nightlife and vacation reveling.<br /> <br /> “NWSA shaped me not just as an artist, but as a person, helping me understand what I needed to do for my community as well as my art.”<br /> <br /> The second annual JP2IFF runs Feb. 17-26, 2011.<br /> <br /> — HP<br /> <br /> <br />

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/Film+Fest+Founder+Found+Mission+at+MDC/554036/52987/article.html.

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