Texas A&M-Kingsville kicks off theater season with surreal romance

The Little Theatre - 10/14/16 - 10/23/16

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


Gabriela played by Michaelina Gonzales and Dylan Martin Mendoza playing Benito

Theatre arts students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will kick off the 2016-17 season with a surreal romance by José Rivera. References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot will open with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-22, with a matinee Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2:30 p.m. All performances are in The Little Theatre and admission is $5 and free to students with a valid university identification card.

References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, rated R, is set in the desert of Barstow, California where Gabriela, the wife of career soldier, Benito, dives into a surreal fantasy world during her husband’s prolonged absences and imagines the mating rituals between a coyote and a cat.

On a moonlit July night in Barstow, strange and seductive things can happen, especially if you talk to the moon which is portrayed as an aging, violin-playing dandy in a Panama hat and white suit.

References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot is directed by Corey Ranson, associate professor and director of theater activities.

The lead part of Gabriela will be played by Michaelina Gonzales, a sophomore communications major/theatre minor from Houston. She has previously appeared in Clean House, Speech and Debate and Company.

Dylan Martin Mendoza plays the part of Benito. He is a sophomore communications major from Mercedes. He has bene seen in Company, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Boeing Boeing.

The part of Martin will be played by Mario Garcia, a sophomore biochemistry major from Kingsville. He has no previous theatre experience at the university.

Nickolas Villarreal, a senior marketing major from Somerset will play the coyote. He has been seen in Stones in the Desert…Eterno, Crystal City 1969, Fiddler on the Roof and Company.

The cat will be played by Vanessa Valdez, a senior psychology major from Coppell. She has previously performed in Boeing Boeing, Clean House and Company.

Lino Placencio, a senior communications major from Alice, will play the part of the moon.  He has previously been seen in The Boys Next Door, Boxcar and Tommy.

Korrie Rader, a senior history major from Beeville, is the stage manager. She has worked sound in The Pillowman, Speech and Debate and Wizard of Oz.

For more information on this or any other theatre production, call 361-593-3401.

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