Adams State University Theatre presents 1st Amendment Theatre featuring Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Adams State Xperimental Theatre.
The hour-long performance is free to the public with no tickets needed. Due to controversial subject matter, adult content, language and images, the show is for mature audiences only. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
The production is performed as part of the Censorship and the Arts course taught by Dr. John Taylor, professor of theatre. In the class, students have spent the semester studying the First Amendment and exploring examples of censored or banned works of art, theatre, and film.
As part of 1st Amendment Theatre, ASU students will present original pieces about censorship and freedom of speech. They will also present the short play Mountain Language by Harold Pinter.
Mountain Language is a powerful and timely 20-minute play about a people forbidden to speak their own language by their government. It also speaks to the loss of other freedoms including the right to control your own life and choose your own destiny. It is about the struggle to be seen as fully human within a society that does not value you or want you.
Taylor said, “I am proud of my students’ work. We have examined tough issues this semester and, at the same time, celebrated one of our most fundamental human rights – freedom of speech in the arts and our society.”
Student performers include Andrea Alfano, Brandon Billings, Kaleb Burris, Amanda Cahill, Marc Danielson, Brandon Duran, Anakay Hanold, Francisco Jimenez, Piper Meuwissen, Jennifer Perez, Daniel Platt, Ashley Powszukiewicz, Patrick Veto, Hailey Villatoro, and Katie Willhite.