‘La Llorona’ comes to WSU

Wichita State students looking for a main stage theatre performance won’t have to look too far this weekend.

The School of Performing Arts is presenting “La Llorona” until Saturday at the Welsbacher Theatre, located inside the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 29th and Oliver Streets.

Attendees can use entrance “F” at the Metroplex to get in to the show.

“La Llorona” translates to “The Weeping Woman,” with the script written by Amanda Zeitler.

 In the play, a public defense attorney named Andy Walker must decide what she values more: her career or her marriage. Walker is working on a case to defend Marina Ranaldo, who in the show is dubbed “La Llorona” by the press.

Because of the nature of such a high-profile case, Walter and her husband’s marriage begins to crumble, especially with their conflicts over parenthood.

The show has been rated PG due to its “adult themes.”

Performing arts lecturer Jeannine Russell is directing the show.

Russell said the show plays off an old Hispanic fable that details a woman being left by her lover and, in a fit of despair, drowns her children. She continues grieving her lover and eventually takes her own life, but she is not allowed to enter the afterlife and spends eternity wandering the Earth looking for the souls of her children, Russell said.

Russell said the story plays off of the fable, which is what makes it interesting.

“It’s an intriguing story,” she said.  “It’s interesting how [Zeitler] wove the fable into real life. It does play very much like real life, even though it plays off the fable as well.”

The show — which began Wednesday evening — starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. There is an additional 2 p.m. show on Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The doors open half an hour before showtime.

The Welsbacher Box Office opens one hour before showtime.

Tickets for the show are $10, with discounts available. WSU students can get one free ticket with their Shocker ID.

For more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at 978-3233 between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email [email protected].