ROCHESTER, NY (02/26/2018) The Nazareth College Foreign Languages Department will present Dancing Tango at the End of the World, an original play by faculty member Dr. Candide Carrasco on Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Callahan Theater located in the Nazareth College Arts Center at 4254 East Avenue, Rochester, 14618. Dancing Tango at the End of the World is 90 minutes long, will be performed in English, and is recommended for mature audiences. This will be Carrasco's final play at Nazareth College as he will retire in the spring. He has written and directed more than 30 plays in his 34 years at Nazareth.
In the heart of the Atacama Desert in Chile, there is an inn called "Fin del mundo," run by old Alberto and his younger wife. When a mysterious newcomer arrives at the inn, Alberto realizes they grew up together in Casablanca. Why did she come after 45 years looking for him? What secrets of the past must be addressed before life can go on? In a magical setting, in the driest place on Earth with the clearest sight of the Milky Way, will they be able to finally see into their own hearts?
Dancing Tango at the End of the World is a story about the pain of growing up as an outsider in a harsh male-centered society and finally finding redemption and peace in your own identity. "It explores how the power of love can help overcome the devastating pain of profound loss," said playwright Dr. Candide Carrasco.
The Dancing Tango at the End of the World cast is made up of Nazareth College student, alumni, and local actors: Ruben Gomez, Ceyda Lenio, Lynn Duggan, Elizabeth Maneiro, Briar Murphy, David Garcia, Nicholas Mooney, Ijlal Lenio, Sara Strassner, Aylin Tunay Gus Ramos, and Steven Thull.
Carrasco's playwriting/directing credits extend back to 1968. His recent plays include Peau D'Ane (2007); Azur (2008); Abracadabra (2010); Barcarolle (2011); Casablanca (2012); Diabolo (2013); Enamorados (2014); Fuji (2015); Gardenias (2016); and Hiccup in a tea cup (2017). Other projects include Chocolate casi amargo (2014); El merengue lleva sal ( 2015); Rumba y mojito picante ( 2016 ); Rosalba dream me pumps ( 2017) plays in English and Spanish for the Rochester Fringe festival. He is currently working on a novel The little red book of pleasures. A native speaker of French and Spanish, Dr. Carrasco received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Contemporary French Theater with a minor in Contemporary Latin American Literature. He has taught French and literature for 40 years.
Tickets to Dancing Tango at the End of the World are free of charge, but donations to benefit a new scholarship are appreciated. A scholarship to benefit students majoring in French at Nazareth College has been established in honor of Dr. Candide Carrasco. To make a gift, please visit naz.edu/makeagift and type "Candide Carrasco Scholarship" in the comments section. You may also mail a check to Nazareth College, Office of Development, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. Checks made payable to Nazareth College, write "Candide Carrasco Scholarship" in Memo line. Donations will also be accepted at the door, payable by check.