Edinburg High School’s one-act play has advanced to the 83rd Annual State One-Act Play Contest in Austin, Texas. The title of the play is “Marat/Sade” by Peter Weiss. The play is under the direction of Thomas Green, Susi Elisarraras and Jennifer Cantu.

Edinburg High School “Marat/Sade” cast members are Marco Munoz, Noe Gonzalez, Violet Cantu, Kurt Cruz, Andrea Negrete, Ayssette Munoz, Luis Gonzalez, Alex Villarreal, Joshua Kennedy, Pernell Quilon, Mellisa Eberlein, Danielle Palomo, April Gomez, Mark Munoz, and Mayra Guerrero.

Production crew members are Michael Lawson, Christopher Munoz, Carlos Hernandez, Pete Ramirez and David Zapata. Alternate members are Laura Hinojosa, Virginia Jimenez, Alyssa Marin, and Martin Garza. Production assistants are Myrhanda Ortega and Jeremy San Miguel.

The play was chosen as one of only eight shows from across the State of Texas to qualify for the finals. The class 5A Finals will be held Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hogg Memorial Auditorium at the University of Texas at Austin. The other state advancing schools are Irving MacArthur High School, Austin High School, Humble Atascocita High School, Leander High School, Carrollton Creekview High School, Fort Bend Austin High School, and Keller Central High School.

Edinburg High School has advanced to the Regional competition three out of the past four years. In 2006, Edinburg High advanced to the Regional Contest with a play titled “The Children’s Hour.” In 2007, the group advanced to the Regional Contest and was honored as Alternate State Advancing Play with “Women of Lockerbie.”

Several cast members of “Marat/Sade” received numerous honors throughout the Zone, District, Area, and Region Contests. Marco Munoz received three Best Actor Awards and one All Star Cast award. Ayssette Munoz received one Best Actress Award, one All Star Cast Award and one Honorable Mention Award. Joshua Kennedy received three All Star Cast Awards and one Honorable Mention Award.

Kurt Cruz received two All Star Cast Awards and one Honorable Mention Award. Luis Gonzalez received one All Star Award and one Honorable Mention Award. Mellisa Eberlein received one All Star Award. Andrea Negrete and Pernell Quilon each received one Honorable Mention Award.

There will be a public showing of “Marat/Sade” on May 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and May 13 at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. All performances will be held in the Black Box Theatre at Edinburg High School located at the corner of Wisconsin and Raul Longoria Road. The audience is advised that seating is limited due to space limitation.

The University Interscholastic League’s One-Act Play Contest, founded in 1927, is the largest high school play production contest or play festival in the world. More than 14,000 Texas high school students in more than 1,000 plays participate in 300 plus contests, which take place from the beginning of March through the three-day, 40-production State Meet One-Act Play Contest.

The One-Act Play Contest is supported by more than 200 college and university faculty members serving as critic judges. The League’s theatre program is considered by historians to be the foundation of educational and community theatre in Texas. It continues to be a major factor motivating increasing numbers of schools to offer theatre arts as an academic subject.

For more information contact the Edinburg High School Theatre Department at 956-289-2400 ext. 6617.