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The Fifth Sun   

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Category: Audio CD


Release Date:
August 2010

Recorded at
Actors Scene Unseen

Charlotte, NC  


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Drama by Nicholas A. Patricca


  Directed by Elizabeth Peterson-Vita


Sound Design and Engineering by
James Vita


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, was assassinated.  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).


Elizabeth 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).



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