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The Fifth Sun
Drama by Nicholas A. Patricca
Directed by Elizabeth Peterson-Vita
Sound Design and Engineering by
Produced by Actors Scene Unseen
Musical Score by
The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl
David G. Holland, Meg Sohmer Wood, John Xenakis, Brett Mason, Dael Waxman, Sendy Mendez, Becky Brock, Zendyn Duellman, Roy E. Mills, Jr., and Laura Palka
Actors Scene Unseen proudly announces its latest audio CD and 2011 Grammy entry,
The Fifth Sun by Chicago playwright Nicholas A. Patricca. The Fifth Sun
on CD was directed by Elizabeth Peterson-Vita and engineered by James Vita.
On March 24, 1980, while saying Mass, Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador,
This powerful and acclaimed play presents the story of the
people and the forces that transformed an ordinary man into a courageous leader.
It is an absorbing play that combines elements of ancient tomb rituals, Mayan temple
dramas and medieval morality plays into a contemporary dramatic structure in which
we see a human being ultimately embody the moral voice and vision of his people.
The Fifth Sun features a haunting musical score by The San Antonio Vocal
Arts Ensemble and Xavier Quijas Yxayotl.
The Fifth Sun received its world premiere production at Victory Gardens
Theater, Chicago, in the Fall of 1984, under the direction of Dennis Začek.
Cover and CD artwork courtesy of Victory Gardens Theater. Used by permission.
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Nicholas A. Patricca is professor emeritus in the Theatre Program
of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago; playwright
in residence at Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago; ensemble member, TOSOS Theatre
Collective, New York City. He has been active in the Chicago theatre movement since
the mid 1970's. Nick holds a Ph.D. (1972) from the University of Chicago, is an
active member of the Dramatists Guild, president of Chicago Network for Justice
and Peace, and a member of the Writers in Prison Committee of the San Miguel de
Allende, Mexico, Chapter of International PEN. Nick is a recipient of numerous awards,
the two most recent of which are: ‘The Oscar Wilde Award for Outstanding Achievement
in New Work for the Theatre,’ Dublin, Ireland, May 2006; and an ‘Alexander S. Onassis
Distinction Prize III International Cultural Competition’ for his play The
Defiant Muse, Athens, Greece, August 2006. Nick’s plays, which have been
produced internationally as well as throughout the USA, are translated into Spanish,
French, and Japanese, and are published by the Dramatic Publishing Company (USA,
England, Australia, New Zealand).
Peterson-Vita, Ph.D., is co-founder
and Creative Director of Actors Scene Unseen. She is a clinical psychologist and award-winning theatre
director with parallel interests in world history and mythology. Elizabeth
has directed numerous Actors Scene Unseen stage and audio CD productions, including
The Turn of the Screw, Gilgamesh - A Verse Play, Nijinsky's
Last Dance, Slaughterhouse-Five,
and the American premiere of Jack
- the Musical, The Ripper Pursued. She is also an actor, writer,
and freelance film and theatre reviewer.
James Vita is the engineer and producer of Miller's Court,
A Frost in Russia, the original
cast CD of Jack - The Musical, The Ripper Pursued, Gilgamesh - A Verse Play, and now The Fifth Sun. He is also President of CSCi Multimedia and the Executive Producer
of Actors Scene Unseen.
James Vita has studied lighting, sound, and projection design with Broadway masters
Jules Fisher, Kevin Adams, Wendall K. Harrington, and Abe Jacob, and has produced
the technical designs for all of Actors Scene Unseen’s award-winning productions.
James Vita's company, Actors Scene Unseen, is a full voting member in the Grammy
Recording Academy and the Producers and Engineers Wing (NYC Chapter).