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Gonzaga Theatre Explores Gender Identity with ‘The Force of Habit’ on Stage Starting Feb. 22

Posted on February 4, 2013 in: Academics, Arts, Events, Faculty & Staff, Spotlight, Students

“The Force of Habit” will be performed in English for the first time on the Gonzaga University stage.

SPOKANE, Wash. –  “The Force of Habit,” a 17th-century play written in Spanish, will be the Gonzaga University theatre department’s next main-stage production and marks the first time the comedy will be performed in English. The play, which features two characters exploring gender roles amid the tension of social customs, opens Feb. 22 in the Magnuson Theatre.

Written by Guillén de Castro, the Gonzaga production was translated and directed by Kathleen Jeffs, Ph.D. “The Force of Habit” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23, Feb. 28 and March 1-2 with a matinee at 2 p.m. on March 3. Audience members are invited to attend discussions after each show – with the director, actors, and invited respondents – of issues raised in the play.

“The Force of Habit” is a controversial play about a brother and sister separated at birth and raised in a fashion contrary to the gender norms of society. When reunited, their journey of family expectations and romantic desire leads them to re-evaluate the customs in which they have been raised.

Gonzaga students and faculty are excited to present this timeless show and shed light on a relevant social topic.

“It is a fast-moving comedy,” said Jeffs, the director. “While it hinges on the serious question of whether gender is the result of ‘nature’ or ‘nurture,’ it charms us with its portrayal of the irresistible powers of love and attraction.”

To purchase a ticket, call the Gonzaga Theatre Box Office at (509) 313-6553 or purchase online at  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

For more information, please contact Summer Berry at (509) 313-3606.

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