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Concordia University Texas will present its annual fall play, The Container, which focuses on human trafficking November 8-10 at Concordia's main campus. The one-hour play tells the powerful story of five refugees who travel across Europe in a shipping container towards an uncertain future. The production, including the staff and audience, will take place inside a 6 x 40-foot shipping container.
Each year, freshman students at Concordia University Texas read a book designed to explore human relationships and students’ roles in the world outside of the university during the required Life and Leadership course. This year, students read Not for Sale, a book that focused on the topic of human trafficking. That same subject will be the theme of this year's Service Learning Week on campus November 4-10. The Container was chosen as this year’s production to coincide with their educational efforts.
The Container, written by British playwright Clare Bayley, is a winner of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award. The all-student cast of the Concordia University Texas production will feature Emily Parsons as Fatima; Caleb Heine as Jamal; Matthew Buchanan as Ahmad; Shina Bharadwaja as Mariam; Kylene Pederson as Asha; and Xavier Alvarado as The Agent.
Concordia University Texas’ production of The Container, staged by Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon, will be held on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. It will take place on the Concordia University Texas campus, inside a shipping container placed near the library. General admission tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door (cash or check payment only). Students, faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $5.) Tickets go on sale starting Oct. 18.
To reserve tickets, call 512-313-PLAY. Patrons are advised to buy tickets early, as the site-specific nature of the production limits the amount of audience members allowed per performance. No late-comers will be admitted.