In continued celebration of recently concluded national Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hope College Many Voices Project will present a staged reading of “The River Bride” by Marisela Treviño Orta on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. in Schaap Auditorium of the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

“The River Bride” is set in a small, Brazilian fishing village. When a handsome young man is pulled from a river, two sisters struggle to stay true to each other as they wrestle with love, jealousy and regret.

The staged reading is directed by junior Alegría Guzmán of Quito, Ecuador. Bianca Ciungan, assistant professor of theatre, is assistant director and Eric Van Tassell, assistant professor of lighting and design, is lighting director.

The cast consists of students, faculty and staff, and includes Ángela Olssen, a freshman from Mexico City, Mexico; Carlos Peña, chaplain of discipleship; Pablo Peschiera, associate professor of English; Karina Reyes, a sophomore from Holland; Isabella Tafarello, a senior from Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil; and Davi Zola de Araujo, a sophomore from Bangkok, Thailand.

National Hispanic Heritage Month was commemorated from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.  The college’s Department of Theatre, in cooperation with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Hope, chooses stories representing a wide range of characters from diverse backgrounds for the Many Voices Project (MVP).

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The Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center is located at 115 E. 12th St., at the center of the Hope campus between College and Columbia avenues along the former 12th Street.  Schaap Auditorium is on the lower level near the building’s southwest corner.