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The Drama Society was pleased to co-host the residency of guest artist Henry Darrow, Hollywood star of stage, screen and television. Mr. Darrow  presented "Cervantes" on Tuesday evening, March 13th, at 8pm in Shafer Auditorium. This new play-in-process explored the brilliance of one of Spain's most important writers. In addition, Mr. Darrow participated in "Conversation With", a question and answer University Hour, on Wednesday, March 14th at 3pm in the BTR in the Student Center. Mr. Darrow discussed his life and work as one of the most popular actors in "some five hundred episodes of soap operas, mini-series, sit-coms, and dramas, along with numerous stage plays."

Mr. Darrow's career serves as the ideal model only for aspiring actors but also for all young people. Henry Darrow was born Enrique Tomas Delgado. He studied political science and acting at the University of Rio Piedras and was the first Puerto Rican student to receive a government authorized scholarship to study acting in California. After receiving his BA in Theater Arts, Mr. Darrow started on a career path that has kept him constantly challenged and employed. He became the first Latino actor to have portrayed "Zorro" in two different television series, as well as providing the voice for a cartoon version of the masked hero. He won a Bambi Award - the German version of an Emmy - for "The High Chaparral," and a Daytime Emmy Award for "Santa Barbara."

"Cervantes" ran for one night only in Shafer Auditorium. This was a chance to see someone who truly represents the essence of the successful working actor - from his roles in Shakespeare through his extensive voice-over work in diverse projects ranging from beer commercials to the PBS documentary "Cesar Chavez: the Fight in the Fields." We look forward to Mr. Darrow returning to Eastern in the future with the completed, fully staged version of "Cervantes."

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