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Student Spotlight – Imanol Ruiz ’20
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) will present its ninth Young Playwrights Festival Showcase this upcoming January, celebrating the winners of their local high school playwriting competition. Each of the three winning plays will be presented virtually. CRJ is proud to announce that one of the three winning plays in this year’s Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival Showcase, ‘To Make History and Let Others Write About It’, was written by Class of 2020 alumnus Imanol Ruiz.
‘To Make History and Let Others Write About It’ is inspired by real events. Ruiz shared the following synopsis of his play. “It follows an exiled Jesuit priest, Father Armando Llorente S.J., who was exiled out of Cuba for simply being Jesuit. Over the course of the story, we come to find out that Father Armando Llorente knew Fidel Castro as a boy and saw him as a son. While everyone around him wants to see Castro killed or taken out of power, Llorente wants to see him saved from the life he is living.”
Ruiz’s story was inspired by his faith, as well as research he had done during his AP Seminar the year before. “My inspiration for writing this play came from my want to write about a Catholic figure at the center of an interesting story. All I needed to do was build a scenario and connect it to real life events and possibilities.”
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