The TAMUK theater department is off to a great start this year. Besides hosting auditions for their new show, “References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot”, the department is also going to perform at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi for A Night of Hope: From Prevention to Prosecution. There TAMUK will perform the play “Same as Sarah” which premiered at TAMUK originally in 2012. A Night of Hope is described as a way to show “human trafficking through the arts” by Director Corey Ranson.
The play follows Irma and Rey Jimenez, played by Vanessa Valdez and Nickolas Villarreal, as they struggle to cope with the kidnapping of their daughter. They soon realize however that their daughter is just one of the many taken by the human trafficking industry.
The play “revolves around the overlapping connections that we have with people who kidnap children vs the people who are going after and trying their to find kidnapped children,” said Director Ranson. “It’s a very hopeful play, it’s not a very big downer except for what’s going on, but it does bring hope and it’s a lot of fun.” continued Ranson.
The play’s leads also have been closely tied to their characters struggles in the story. As Vanessa explained that “working on a show like this it makes you more aware of trafficking.” Nickolas also said that the play helped him to “open my eyes that the world isn’t as innocent as I might as once have thought, but the world in general maybe has a better heart than people give it credit for”
Both are excited to perform at the Night of Hope, saying that it’s a good way to get information out.
Vanessa explained that she’s “very excited that I’m able to participate in something that’s raising that awareness and I feel like it’s for a great cause.” “There are things that we know that happens in the world that we don’t say out loud. “Nickolas says “The Night of Hope address this elephant in the room for the costal bend area.
A Night of Hope: From Prevention to Prosecution happens September 17th at Texas A & M University’s Performing Arts Center in Corpus Christi. This charity event will be open to the public but requires a purchase of a $35-dollar ticket. For more information, please visit stopmoderndayslavery.com.